OPINION

Youth philanthropy grant applications being accepted

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

The youth philanthropy initiative coordinated by the Story County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the county. SCCF Youth Philanthropy considers proposals for grants of up to $1,000 and has a grant pool of $5,000. The application deadline is Dec. 31.

Organizations are eligible if they have 501(c) status or have a fiscal sponsor with nonprofit status. Sixteen area high school student participants in Youth Leadership Ames, an Ames Chamber of Commerce initiative, will review the applications and select grant recipients.

SCCF Youth Philanthropy funds projects that encourage Story County residents to be welcoming and understanding of diverse ways of life; support strong, stable communities, families, children, and youth; address community needs in the areas of education, health, mental health, poverty, financial instability, and human services; and strengthen the nonprofit sector by supporting nonprofit organizations, promoting philanthropy, and encouraging civic involvement.

Grants will be awarded in March. The application can be found at http://www.storycountyfoundation.org.

The Story County Community Foundation is a vehicle for charitable giving that benefits Story County. Its pool of more than 100 philanthropic funds, created by donors and nonprofit agencies and organizations, grows continuously to support the needs of both today and the future. SCCF also administers the State of Iowa’s County Endowment program and, with these funds, has awarded more than $800,000 in community grants since 2005. SCCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.