Grant Opportunities

Carroll County Community Foundation’s Grants Program

Carroll County Community Foundation’s Grants Program

Deadline: 18-Sep-20

The Carroll County Community Foundation is seeking applications for its grants program to connect people, resources and causes to produce a positive and sustainable change in the communities they serve.

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The Community Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation. It gives donors of varied interests a vehicle for charitable giving to the community and provides responsible stewardship for donated gifts. It encourages philanthropy by attracting and distributing permanent and non-permanent gifts that together can have substantial and constructive community impact. The Foundation is also available as a resource to assess and respond to changing community needs.
In Carroll County, the Foundation addresses needs that generally fall into the following categories:
Health & Medical — to include the support of health and medical related programs;
Social Services– to include the support of human service organizations, programs for children and youth and services to the aged;
Education — to include support for programs in pre-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education, scholarships and for special education programs;
Cultural Affairs — to include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified county cultural program that offers widespread participation and appreciation;
Civic Affairs — to include support of programs related to criminal justice, community development, employment, citizen involvement, leadership training, and other general community activities;
Community Beautification — to include the support of projects that advocate, stimulate and support community vitality, beautification/environmental preservation and adornment.
Grant Guidelines

That the Community Foundation grants program will strive to anticipate the changing needs of the community and be flexible in responding to them;
That it is change-oriented and problem-solving in nature with emphasis on “seed” money or pilot project support rather than for ongoing general operating support;
That it supports innovative efforts and projects that offer far-reaching gains and widespread community results;
That it coordinates with other funders and donors where possible, including using matching or challenge grant techniques;
That, where possible, it closely relates and coordinates with the programs of other sources for funding such as the government, other foundations, and associations;
That, where possible, it induces grant recipients to achieve certain objectives such as becoming more efficient, increasing fund-raising capabilities, delivering better products, etc.;
Grant Policies

Grants will be made only to organizations whose programs benefit the residents of Carroll County and preference will be given to those projects that have high visibility in the community;
Grants will be made only to organizations which provide for a responsible fiscal agent and adequate accounting procedures, and preference will be given to those projects that generate revenue and/or that have plans that sustain the project;
Grantees are required to submit final evaluation reports to the Foundation. Grant applications from a previous grantee will not be considered if final reports have not been received for previous grants;
Grants may be made to previous grantees. In a competitive situation with grants of equal value, preference may be given to organizations that have not received a recent grant;
In a competitive situation, quality of the application will be used in the selection between grants that are otherwise equal.
Evaluation Criteria

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In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation uses the following evaluation criteria:

Does the purpose of the project fit with the purpose of the organization? Does the organization have the ability to implement this project?
Is there an established need for the program or project in the community for which the grant is requested?
How well has the purpose of the project been defined and who will be served by the project?
Will the Foundation be able to tell whether its grant was used for the agreed-upon purpose? When completed, will the grantee know whether its project was effective?
What kind of impact (measurable outcome) did the project have on the organization / clients / community? Is it a visible project?
Is it appropriate for the Community Foundation to make a grant for the requested purpose, or are there other more compatible sources for potential funding?
Does the Community Foundation have adequate resources to effectively respond to this need?
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