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Grant Requests Jump
July 9, 2008 - In the first of two grant cycles in 2008, grant requests hit an all-time high of $630 thousand, which is more than double the amount available for community grants for the entire year, according to the Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF). At the current rate, HCCF officials said, estimated grant requests could exceed $12.6 million over the next 10 years and earnings from the existing donations to the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants will not catch up to the intense rise in grant requests and local need without new donations.
As a result of local requests exceeding grant dollars, grants are highly competitive. Of the over 60 local non-profit and civic organizations attending the community foundation’s spring 2008 grant workshop, the aquatic center of Baker Park was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants.
“The one area that we have trouble raising money is the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants,” HCCF Grants Committee member Ray White said. “People want to be able to dictate where they want their money to go and that’s understandable. However, we work very hard at trying to get people to understand how we, the grants committee, spend a lot of time making sure that the decisions we make are positive decisions based on the needs in our community at the time.”
Along with the campaign, the Aquatic Center at Baker Park also initiated a kids campaign and many children contributed their time, talent and treasure, according to the HCCF.
To improve grant making and better meet the changing needs in Henry County, an increase in the assets of the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants is needed, according to the HCCF. Tax exempt donations of any size can be sent to the Henry County Community Foundation at 700 S. Memorial Drive in New Castle or made via credit card online at www.henrycountycf.org. To discuss starting a named fund in honor or memory of a loved one or special friend or to explore planned giving opportunities such as gifts of appreciated assets (stocks/bonds), bequests, life insurance and annuities, call 765-529-2235.
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