The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley has announced that it will award up to $110,000 in grants to community organizations that serve area residents.
The foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, units of government, public education institutions or civic organizations that seek to serve those in Chattahoochee, Marion, Harris, Muscogee, Meriwether, Quitman, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, Troup and Webster counties in Georgia and Lee and Russell counties in Alabama.
“We look forward to receiving these applications and learning more about the great work taking place in the counties we serve,” said Kelli Parker, director of grants and community partnerships.
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“We are so excited. This is a big deal for us,” said Betsy Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. “We haven’t done a lot of these open-grant rounds. We’re still at an age where we don’t have a lot of this money available.”
The money for the grants comes from two locations. One “pot” is of community endowment funds, which are used to support the counties within the “Columbus 2025” area, Covington said
“These funds are our undesignated endowment money that people have contributed, mostly be bequests. It’s a way that people can leave a legacy in our community. This money will be here for generations to meet the needs of the Valley.”
The other, smaller share of the money comes from the Chattahoochee Valley Fair Fund. Those funds will be used to support organizations outside the Columbus 2025 area. The Fair Fund originated when the Chattahoochee Valley Fair went out of businesses and dedicated a portion of its assets to starting the Community Foundation.
Covington says she wants to encourage aspiring grantees to read up on the Columbus 2025 plan before applying by visiting the initiative’s website.
“It’s important that nonprofits understand the plan and look for ways that they can move that forward,” she said. “This is something that our board is really excited about. One thing we’ve learned through our work with the Knight Foundation is that people can come up with wonderful ideas. We have some fantastic nonprofits in this area that are doing good work, and we want to call attention to this work.”
Applications will be reviewed by two selection committees, which will then recommend projects to the board for awards.
Application are due Aug.4, and the winners of the grants will be announced sometime in October.
A public information session about the application process is scheduled for July 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library.
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