Foundation celebrates 20 years with new grant programs

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The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc., will be celebrating its 20th anniversary during 2017.

Through its growth the past 20 years, the foundation has looked for ways to improve its services to the community. Recently, the Foundation’s Board of Directors developed its new grantmaking opportunities for the year.

“The Board of Directors discussed how to be more responsive to the diverse needs of the nonprofit organizations serving Switzerland County,” Board of Directors President Roy Leap said. “We hope we have developed some grantmaking options that will enable us to respond more quickly to their needs.”

The Community Foundation will offer two levels of grant requests in 2017. To make things as simple as possible, there will be one online application for both levels of requests.

• Immediate Response Grants will be for requests that are $2,000 or under. An online application may be submitted at any time throughout 2017 up until December 1st. The Community Foundation will make a decision on the grant request within 15 days of submission.

Immediate Response Grants are intended for organizations that need a quick turnaround time on their grant requests.

• Fixed Cycle Grants will be for requests over $2,000.

There will be two deadlines for these cycles: 3 p.m. on March 1st, and 3 p.m. on September 1st. An online application submitted in time for the deadline will be reviewed and the Community Foundation will make a decision on the grant request within 60 days of the application deadline.

Fixed Cycle Grants will typically cover a larger period of time, may require multiple funding resources, and will go through a more intensive evaluation process.

“Along with supporting the great services provided to our community by the nonprofit organizations, the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors believes it is just as important to support the staff and volunteers of these organizations,” Leap continued. “The Foundation would like to assist every eligible nonprofit organization that serves Switzerland County to strengthen its own leadership by encouraging staff and volunteers to participate in professional development opportunities.”

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The Community Foundation will be offering Leadership Training Grants to nonprofit organization serving Switzerland County in 2017.

Organizations must submit a simple online application to be eligible for up to $500 per organization. There are no deadlines and the program will continue until funding is depleted.

Applications will be reviewed by the Foundation and a decision will be made within 15 days of submitting a grant application. Grants may be used for registration fees for conferences, workshops, webinars, and other forms of professional development.

The grants can’t be used to pay for accommodations and travel expenses.

For the Community Foundation’s grant guidelines and to gain access to the online grant applications, visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfsci.org. Anyone having questions regarding the three grant opportunities the Community Foundation is offering this year is encouraged to contact Pam Acton at the Foundation’s office. The office is located at 303 Ferry Street in Vevay and Pam can be reached at (812) 427-9160; or pacton@cfsci.org.

The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation whose mission it is to connect people who care with causes that matter for good forever for Switzerland County.