Making a Difference With Grants
The Phelps County Community Foundation’s grants program provides a means by which not-for-profit charitable organizations may secure financial assistance for projects and programs which will enhance the quality of life for residents of Phelps County, Nebraska. Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded over $4 million dollars to support a variety of projects and programs within Phelps County. There are three types of grants you may be eligible to apply for:
Grant applications are reviewed two times each year according to the following schedule:
Application Deadline: April 1, October 1
Announcement of Awards: May, November
If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Foundation, here are some key things to remember:
The Foundation has money to give only because people and organizations choose to give to the Foundation. Indeed, your support and interest in the Foundation and its work is appreciated. Before doing anything, talk to the staff at the Phelps County Community Foundation about your project or plans. Develop a comprehensive project plan, including project time lines, proposed project budget, campaign goals, etc. Once the above steps have been completed, ask the Foundation about obtaining a grant application form.
FUTURE FUND GRANTS
The Future Fund is a group of individuals who pool their resources in order to make grants within Phelps County. Future Fund grant applications can be obtained at the Foundation office and are due on April 1, of each year.
QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS
Quick response grants are available to nonprofit organizations in Phelps County, Nebraska, to provide “quick” solutions to unexpected needs or special opportunities. These grants give non profits the opportunity to meet requests that could not typically be responded to due to the traditional application process and time line or lack of funding sources. Quick response grants are broad in nature and are to be used for low-budget items (maximum of $500) that have the potential to benefit non profits and their constituents. Quick response grant applications are accepted throughout the year and are designed to meet the needs of a one-time situation. Applications are available at the Foundation office. The Foundation’s grants committee carefully evaluates grant applications and makes recommendations to the board of directors. The Foundation’s board determines which applications will receive funding.
THE FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF INTEREST:
- Human Services
- Health and Recreation
THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT PROVIDE GRANTS:
- Support operational expenses of well-established organizations
- Support annual fund drives
- Support travel and related expenses for individuals or groups such as bands, sports teams, or classes.
- Religious organizations where the funds would be used in whole or in part to further the organization’s sectarian purposes.