United States: Cumberland Forest Community Fund Grant Program
The Clinch-Powell is currently accepting proposals for the Cumberland Forest Community Fund Grant Program to enable the design, implementation, and management of a competitive local grant program to support nature-based economic and community development in five counties in Tennessee (Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, and Union).
The program will solicit proposals, review applications, and select and provide funding to projects and initiatives that produce “triple bottom line outcomes.” Triple bottom line outcomes include tangible contributions to:
local economic development (e.g., jobs, visitor spending, lodging taxes, etc.),
increased community capacity (e.g., green infrastructure investments, outdoor recreation/tourism capacity building, strategic planning, creation of local policies/conditions that enable nature-based economic development, etc.), and
enhanced environmental quality (e.g., benefits to land, water, and air quality).
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Local economic development;
Increased community capacity; AND
Enhanced environmental quality.
For this particular grant period, an anticipated $100,000, received as a grant from the Cumberland Forest Limited Partnership, will be made available to eligible applicants.
Individual awards will be no less than $5,000 and no more than $25,000.
Total project budget can surpass the maximum, but applicants must request funding within this range.
Eligible Project Expenses
The following costs are eligible for reimbursement from this grant:
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Direct salary costs for applicant employees while working directly on awarded project, including personal service salaries and fringe benefits. Fringe benefits are limited to 15% of direct salary costs for applicant employees while working directly on awarded project. Salary costs must be backed up by timesheets reflecting actual time spent on the project.
Direct non-salary costs, including costs for printing, photocopying, travel, materials, supplies, equipment (including rental), consultant, and contractual services, legal, and other goods and services directly associated with the project. An itemized list of expenses in the following categories is required on the application:
Staff Salaries – Limitations apply
Supplies – Individual items valued below $5,000 each
Equipment – Individual item valued at $5,000 or above
Travel – Directly related to the project with documentation provided
Contracted Services – Directly related to the project with documentation provided
Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis. No advance payments will be made.
The grant program is open to individuals, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations and municipalities that have or intend to have a significant operating presence in one or more of the following Tennessee counties: Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock & Union. Eligible applicants must provide a form W-9 and valid federal ID number.
Non-for-profits must provide a copy of their IRS Tax Exempt Determination Letter. The project idea may be an original business concept or an extension of a current business activity, product, service, community capacity building program, or social venture. Additional information or documentation may be requested.
For more information, visit http://www.clinchpowell.net/CumberlandForestCommunityFund