Lake County Community Foundation Grant cycle for 2017 now active

LAKE COUNTY — Lake County Community Foundation has announced the next grant cycle is now active. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for eligible organizations which meet the 5 p.m. deadline on March 16.

To assist new and veteran grant writers with writing their best proposals, LCCF is again offering an evening grant workshop. The program will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Lake Osceola State Bank Community Room. The free two hour workshop includes handouts and snacks. Space and materials are limited to the first 45 participants.

Again this year, LCCF will share its scoring sheet used to rank applications. This allows applicants to see how their proposals will be evaluated and the significance of applicants completing all required sections.

“We want to take away the mystery from grant writing and show applicants how we rank their proposals,” said Paul Bigford, LCCF Grants Committee chair. “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 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, to Jane Allison at the Baldwin Lumber Company, or received by mail by the same date at the Lake County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 995, Baldwin, MI 49304.

The Community Foundation seeks to support education, health, human services, community and cultural activities and supports new programs which fit within the grant making policies. However, since funds are limited, not all proposals can be funded.

Applications are now available at facommunityfoundation.org/lccf.