December 3, 2009 Pathfinder Article
Community Foundation Expands Grant Program

Hoping to generate more interest in their grant program and better meet the needs of local non-profit organizations, the board of directors of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) has decided to institute a biannual small grants program.

Grants will now be awarded in August and February each year. Applications are available online at www.seeleylakecommunityfoundation.org. The deadlines are now June 30 and January 31.

Grant requests must fall within five areas of interest: education, arts and culture, basic human needs, environmental concerns and economic development.

In the seven years SLCF has been awarding grants, almost $85,000 has been given to 21 different local organizations. The Foundation offers a small grants program so other entities can aspire to bigger and better things, which will in turn benefit the greater community.

As one board member aptly stated, “the Foundation has interest in soccer fields, not soccer balls”. Guidelines allow for grants from $100 to $2500, depending on funds available.

While the small grants program is an important part of what SLCF does, it is not their only purpose. One goal of the board is to be in a position to lend leadership support to a wide range of activities, especially if there is a chance to leverage SLCF’s participation into other funding.

The Foundation also looks at opportunities to support proposals that provide obvious community benefits, like securing the Plum Creek office for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District. As the Seeley Lake community grows, more opportunities will arise for the Foundation to lend support to worthwhile projects.

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