Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

February 28, 2014

Community Impact Grant will be awarded

Ripley County Community Foundation leaders have established a new $25,000 grant for nonprofits.

“The board (members) decided they wanted to do something a little more innovative,” reports executive director Sally Morris. “They wanted a larger grant that would have more impact, but they also wanted to encourage collaboration within the county and encourage dialogue among nonprofits.

“So many of our other grants, especially the smaller ones, meet an immediate need, and the larger ones have met needs within the organizations. We want groups to brainstorm and come up with ideas .... We feel there is a lot of overlap in providing services in our little county. We would like to see some of those service organizations come together and provide solutions to problems in the county.

“We’re not envisioning a certain kind of project .... (but) we are hoping people come up with really creative ideas that have never been tried before and that this gets people talking about working together more.”

An informational meeting detailing grant expectations will be held in March (please see box). A representative of the applying organization must be present.

Morris explains, “Each year, we have a distribution from our endowment funds .... That’s where we get our granting for the county for our large and small grants.

“We have 11 community granting funds, and we will pool the value of those funds for this grant, so we’ve added another grant cycle.”

Organizations that apply and are not awarded the impact grant will be asked if they would like to be considered in the Large Grant cycle with a cap of $5,000.

For more information on this grant or others, persons can contact Morris at 933-1098 or visit rccfonline.org.

 

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

 

Timeline for $25,000 Community Impact Grant • Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Osgood Grub Co. - An informational meeting will be held. • Friday, May 2 - Letter of intent is due. It must include the outline of the project and process, impact on the community, minutes of meetings with other organizations and community, expected collaborations, geographical area(s) to be served, other funders, estimated cost of project and estimated budget. • Friday, June 6 - Grant application is due. • Friday, June 20 - Grant committee meets to assign site visits.

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