The Community Foundation of Marshall County announced this week the availability of the 2014 Grant Application.
Grants are available for non-profit organizations, government entities, and educational institutions across the county. Areas of consideration include education, arts and culture, environment, health, historic preservation, community betterment and human services. A special emphasis again this year is education and literacy. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15 for funding for 2014.
"We believe our grants help build community and help with critical needs all over Marshall County", said Heidi Pierson, Co-Chair of the Board of CFMC. "Examples of that over the years are things like supporting equipment for Iowa River Hospice, contributing to the historic preservation of some of the wonderful buildings in State Center, helping to keep kids busy and out of trouble with the skate park in Marshalltown and many other great projects. Last year through the education and literacy grants we reached nearly 500 children with books and other reading support."
Since the community foundation started, over $630,000 has been awarded to projects and services in the county. Overall 80 different organizations have received grants and thousands of people have felt the impact of the generosity of the CFMC.
The grant process begins with an eligible organization filling out an application and submitting it to CFMC by Jan. 15. The board will thoroughly review all applications received and based upon a scoring system, which follows the questions in the application, will make decisions regarding the awards. Recipients will be notified and recognized at a special ceremony in late March. Grant awards have ranged from several hundred dollars to just under $10,000. Small organizations as well as city government have benefitted.
The foundation will have close to $100,000 to award this year.
"Each year there are far more requests than we can meet," said Bettie Bolar, Director of CFMC. "The board takes very seriously the job of evaluating applications. We encourage any non-profit organization, regardless of size, to consider us a resource for them in meeting their mission."
The Community Foundation of Marshall County is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Applications are available by contacting the CFMC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 641-754-5550.