Different Types of Grants
Large Community Grants:
GRANTS WILL AGAIN BE AVAILABLE FOR A MAXIMUM OF $20,000 AND WILL BE OFFERED IN THREE CYCLES; FEBRUARY 15, MAY 16, and SEPTEMBER 15. LETTERS OF INTENT ARE DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON THOSE DATES.
To be a part of the first grant cycle, Intents must be received by February 15; for the second cycle, intents must be received by May 16; for the third cycle, intents must be received by September 15. Intents must be in the Foundation office by 4:00 on those days to be considered in that cycle.
The letters of Intent that are received by each of the deadline dates (February 15th by 4:00 PM, May 16th by 4:00 PM, September 15th by 4:00PM) are reviewed by the Foundation Executive Director and the Chairperson of the Large Grants committee to ensure that the requests comply with the guidelines of the Foundation.
Then, an e-mail is sent from the Foundation to notify all Letter of Intent filers of the acceptance or denial of their request. Any organization’s Letter of Intent that complies with the Foundation guidelines will then be sent an invitation to formally apply for their large grant request. The application packet will then need to be completed and submitted to the Foundation. The letter of intent and guidelines for large grant requests can be located on the Foundation’s website.
A grant committee, comprised of local volunteers, reviews all applications. The applications are reviewed to determine how the request meets with community needs, meets Foundation guidelines and falls in line with available funds. The grant committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.
All applicants are notified in writing of grant decisions. Grant recipients will receive a cash agreement, which outlines details of the grant. The cash agreement must be returned to the Foundation prior to collecting any funds. Within 6 months of collecting funds, grant recipients are requested to complete a grant report form. All paperwork must be completed and returned to the Foundation to apply for any other funding.
Small Project Grants:
These grants are intended for smaller groups seeking to do projects not requiring an extensive budget. Requests can be for up to $1,500 and are reviewed monthly.
Agriculture Field of Interest Fund Grant:
Recognizing governmental budget cuts have placed a strain on the ability of teachers to do innovative classroom projects, the Board of Directors established a thank a teacher grant program. These grants, for up to $400, are available to classroom teachers at any school in Decatur County. The grants are for innovative classroom projects and will typically not be given to purchase equipment, for field trips or for items normally part of the school budget. Grant applications are due in the Foundation office by 4:00 pm on February 1 and October 1.
Sustainability Grants are given to projects and organizations that provide ongoing charitable relief, youth and family enrichment, community development/civic engagement, cultural life, education or health and recreation to the Decatur County community. The aim of these grants is to give groups better ability for long term planning and goal setting and to ensure their ability to continue benefitting our community.
Women’s Fund Grant