OPINION

Story County Community Foundation offers major grants

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Intents to Apply for a Major Grant from Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016. SCCF will be awarding one Major Grant of up to $25,000 in November.

Past recipients of this grant include:

· Story County Conservation: Discovery Nature Playscape at McFarland Park

· Story County Fair Association: window replacement for the Community Building renovation

· Primary Health Care: remodel space for Story County Community Health Center

· Heartland Senior Services: kitchen remodel

· NAMI – Central Iowa: initial operating funds for mental health wellness center

· Mid-Iowa Community Action: moving cost for Story County Dental Clinic

· Story County Conservation: new van

· Roland Area Development Corporation: renovate space for community center

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status of the Internal Revenue code, charitable projects of a governmental agency or to the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for a project.

In order to screen for the most viable projects and limit the number of organizations investing their time applying, applications for the Major Grant are by invitation only. Therefore, anyone interested in applying for the Major Grant must submit an Intent to Apply form. SCCF’s Allocations Committee will review the forms and invite applicants to submit a full application requesting funding. Intent to Apply forms are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016.

More information and the Intent to Apply form are available on the Grants Available page of the SCCF webpage at www.storycountyfoundation.org or call the SCCF office at 515-232-9200 (Eileen Wuebker, SCCF affiliate coordinator, ewuebker@storycountyfoundation.org). In addition to the major grant, SCCF will also award multiple community grants of up to $6,000 in November. More information on applying for these grants is available on the SCCF webpage.

The Story County Community Foundation facilitates and promotes private giving through the establishment of endowments, acts as a resource for nonprofit endowment building, and awards grants for the betterment of Story County. Philanthropic funds under the SCCF umbrella are created by individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and organizations. Most funds are endowed, i.e., they exist in perpetuity and grow continuously to support today’s needs and those of the future. Since its inception in 2005, the foundation has awarded more than $925,000 in grants that benefit Story County. Funding for these grants is made available largely through the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Program.