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Celebration Foundation announces Community Grants Program (US)

Celebration Foundation announces Community Grants Program (US)

Deadline: 1-Jan-21

The Celebration Foundation is seeking applications for its Community Grants program to award grants to organizations serving Celebration and surrounding Osceola County.

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The Celebration Foundation is proud to sponsor many initiatives and programs in the town of Celebration and Osceola County. Founded in 1996, the mission is building a better community through the arts, culture, and education. The Foundation promotes community engagement and is committed to three areas of focus: the arts, culture, and education.

One of the Celebration Foundation’s goals is to provide grants and other funding to community and charitable organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to building community. Each year, a limited number of charitable grants are awarded to projects and organizations that conduct programs and carry out activities that impact the community of Celebration and/or Osceola County. Although the location of the grant requestor can be outside the area, the use of funding must be in Osceola County.

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The Foundation considers funding requests beginning at $200 with a maximum of $5,000.
Grants will not Fund

Routine operating expenses;
Religious programs or activities (churches and religious organizations may apply for support for activities that benefit the larger community but not for those which have a sectarian purpose);
Endowment campaigns;
Private foundations;
Costs related to fund-raising campaigns;
Traditional government services or replacement funding for public support programs that have been cut;
Politically motivated activities.
Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations and other causes that align with the Foundations grant serving purposes.
The Celebration Foundation provides grant funds for projects that address needs in Celebration and our greater Osceola community. All applicants should be in concert with the Foundation’s purpose. Applicants that are awarded grants must agree to provide the Foundation, in writing, at least one report for general publication, detailing the success and benefit of the grant funding.
Application Requirements

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Purpose of grant (no longer than 3 pages) to include the following:
History and current purpose of the organization;
Project goals, population served, and projected timeline;
How project outcomes will be measured;
Plan to complete/or sustain project funding;
Project budget.
The current board of directors with affiliations;
Institutional funding sources over $1,000;
IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter;
Current year budget;
Prior years’ budget compared to actual financial results;
For grant requests $2,500 and over – Audit (1 copy) that includes the balance sheet and income statement issued during the last 18 months. Audits older than 18 months will not be accepted.
Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees Grant Committee. All applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision as soon as possible upon completion of the committee review.
In making decisions, the Foundation will look to the applicant’s accomplishments, financial stability, leadership, and long-term planning – as well as to the merits of the proposed funding project.
PLEASE NOTE: Your application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed if any of the above information is not included.
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