Uncategorized — 16 July 2012

“How can you make a big change with $mall change?” It may sound like a riddle, but it’s really the theme for the South Central Community Foundation’s 2012 grant cycle.

SCCF is asking non-profit organizations in its service area to assess ways that grant monies would make a big impact in their communities. The organizations are then encouraged to use that information to apply for the SCCF grant funds. The theme was chosen by SCCF staff, SCCF Grants Committee and members of the Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) team.   SCCF’s seven-county service area covers Barber, Comanche, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Rice and Stafford.  Applications will be available August 1st and are due back to the office by September 1st.

This will also be the second year that the foundation will be offering Teacher’s grants.  South Central Community Foundation recognizes that, with increasing Federal Educational cutbacks, it is becoming more difficult to include “enrichment” projects in the curriculum.  The Teacher’s Grant is designed to provide funding for a classroom project or field trip that is no longer in the schools educational budget.  We understand that devoted teachers spend hundreds of dollars annually providing these projects for their students. Teachers in the SCCF seven county service areas are encouraged to apply!

“These two types of grants promote the Foundation’s grassroots grant making concept,” said Angela Runnion, SCCF Executive Director.  “Grassroots grant making brings the community to the foundation and the foundation to the community.  It is a place-based grant making approach that focuses on strengthening and connecting resident-led non-profit organizations and their leaders in rural communities. It reiterates SCCF’s mission of responding to emerging and changing community needs. Typically, it is aimed at strengthening the capacity of people who come together to improve their communities through projects and activities that they initiate and manage.”

The grant applications will be available by several methods this year.

  • The application forms and information can be downloaded from the SCCF website at www.sccfks.org  as of August 1st.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter!
  • Application forms can be requested by email and an electronic copy will be sent.  The email address is: sccf@sccfks.org
  • Application forms can be requested by phone.  Please call (620) 672-7929. Remember that applications are due back September 1st!

“Our YMAD council and SCCF Grants Committee members look forward to receiving and reviewing grant applications,” said Maggie Southard, SCCF Program Manager.  “Being able to help make a positive difference in our communities is exciting, and I am proud to be a part of this very rewarding process.”

For further information, please call or email the SCCF office.

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