Due date for applications for the next grant cycle is Monday, April 3, 2017.

Grinnell College is now accepting applications for the Community Mini-Grants Program, which provides catalyst funding from $1,000 to $7,500 for small- to mid-scale projects.

Support focuses on promising initiatives that address issues of importance to the campus community and the community at large, including cultural, recreational and educational projects, those addressing human needs, and those enhancing the safety and beauty of Grinnell.

Based on feedback from the community and nonprofit organizations, two cycles of mini-grants will be offered in the 2016-17 academic year. The first cycle awards were announced on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The second cycle applications are due Monday, April 3, with awards to be announced by Friday, May 19.

"By offering two grant cycles, we hope to allow grant applicants more opportunities for the development and funding of projects throughout the year that will enhance the quality of life in our community and help make Grinnell a more attractive place to live, work and study," said Sarah Smith, program manager with the College's Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement.

Since its inception in 2002, the Community Mini-Grants program has directed more than $365,500 toward 164 community initiatives. The mini-grants are intended to support promising initiatives that enhance the social and economic vitality of the Grinnell area.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Leverage additional funds
  • Demonstrate collaborative partnerships in the community
  • Build organizational and financial capacity
  • Improve over what has been done in the past
  • Show commitment that the desired result will be achieved, and
  • Have promise of making long-term impact

Applications for 2016-17 mini-grants, cycle two, must be submitted by Monday, April 3.

Download or request an application from Community Enhancement and Engagement, 641-269-3900.

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