3.36 Want to Apply?

Want to Apply?

A Note from the Community Fund Board

Before submitting an application, keep in mind that many excellent proposals cannot be funded.  Please consider how your program fits into our guidelines.

Should your project be funded, please keep in mind that this is a one-time grant.  Though you are eligible to apply annually, future funding is not guaranteed.

The Process

♦   The application process begins with a Letter of Inquiry. Your letter should provide basic information on your organization and the project or program to be funded. The Letter of Inquiry lets you test the eligibility of your request before filling out a detailed application.

♦   Because of the large number of requests we receive, all grant inquiries must be received digitally.  We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the next grant cycle on Sept. 1, 2019. Any organization may create a profile at any time to receive communications about upcoming grant cycles or other opportunities.

♦   All Letters of Inquiry are reviewed, and you should expect an answer within one week after submitting yours.  If your project is determined to be eligible for funding, you will be invited to complete a full application. Application forms will be available online at that time.

♦   It is important to note that a determination of eligibility does not mean the program or project is guaranteed funding. It simply means that the project falls within the Community Fund’s scope of giving. Not all applications that move to the next step will be approved.

♦   Each organization will be notified in December about whether it will receive a grant.

Grantee Requirements

♦   Your application must for at least $1,000. There is no upper limit to what you can request, but our Board of Trustees will make the final determination on funding. Average grants range from $1,000-$10,000.

♦   You must return any funds that remain unspent at the end of the grant period, or if we determine you have in accordance with the grant agreement and approved program budget.

♦   If you want to make changes that will materially alter the scope, timeline or nature of the project for which the grant was awarded, you first must submit a written request to modify the grant. Please send your modification to the Community Fund Administrator.

♦  You must allow site visits by members of the Community Fund board upon request.

♦  You must document the progress made toward project goals.  A final report is due once all funds have been used and the project has been completed.  An interim report will be requested if the project is not completed after one year.

Grant Timeline

♦   Letters of Inquiry: Sept. 1 to Oct. 31

♦   Applications due: Nov. 30

♦   Board of Trustees meet: December or January

♦   Awards luncheon: February or March

Applying Online

If you are a returning user, or if you need to create an applicant profile, please click here to log in.

We have begun creating a digital record of past grantees. If you have received a grant from us in the past, some information about your group may already be recorded. If you are unsure about whether a profile already exists for your organization, please e-mail or call us.

If you encounter difficulties or have questions, please contact:

Jackie Chambers, Fund Administrator

(541) 756-0904 x 1201