LCCF accepting grant applications

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Community Foundation has announced its next grant cycle is now active.  Grants of up to $5,000 will be possible for selected organizations that meet the Thursday, March 17 deadline.

To assist new and veteran grant writers with writing their best proposals, the LCCF is again offering an evening grant workshop.  The program will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Lake Osceola State Bank second floor community room.  The two-hour workshop includes handouts, a light dinner and is offered for free.  Space and materials are limited to the first 45 participants.

Last year the LCCF began sharing its scoring sheet used to rank order applications.  This allowed applicants to see how their proposals would be viewed and the implications for applications which skipped required sections. Workshop presenter and LCCF Grants Committee Chair Paul Bigford will again share the "scoring sheet" used by the committee to rank applications.

"We want to take away the mystery from grant writing and show applicants how we rank their proposals," said Bigford. "We think this will result in stronger proposals."

The LCCF grant process is open to 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations as well as schools, libraries and governmental entities.  Non-501(c)3 organizations will be considered if they are sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization that assumes financial responsibility for the project.  All requests must be submitted by noon on Thursday, March 17, to Jane Allison at the Baldwin Lumber Company, or received by mail at the LCCF Community Foundation, P.O. Box 995, Baldwin, 49304 by the same date.

The foundation seeks to support education, health, human services, community and cultural activities and supports new programs which fit within the grant making policies, to give an opportunity for initial funding.  However, since funds are limited, not all proposals can be funded. Applications will be posted at facommunityfoundation.org/lakecounty.