Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College is now accepting applications for Community Mini-Grants. The Mini-Grant Program provides catalyst funding for small-to mid-scale projects to help Grinnell become a more attractive place to live, work and play. Mini-grants, which range from $1,000 to $7,500, focus on cultural, recreational and educational initiatives including those benefitting the social needs of the community, as well as projects that enhance the safety, beauty and economic vitality of the local area.

Applications for 2012 must be received in the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement by the January 27 deadline. Additional application information is available at

In 2011, community mini-grants were awarded to 11 local projects: Drake Community Library for electronic book service; Grinnell Area Arts Council for computer and office equipment; Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce for website development; Grinnell Big Brothers Big Sisters for activities to support mentor matches; Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool for a school bus; Grinnell Little League for field upgrades; Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department to improve Arbor Lake shelters; Grinnell Police Department for patrol bicycles; Grinnell Regional Medical Center for electronic records wireless access; PALS animal shelter for insulated pet doors; and Poweshiek County Fair Association for campground improvements.

Mini-grant applications will be reviewed by Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement, and an advisory committee of Grinnell College faculty and staff, college students from the local area, and community representatives. Awardees will be notified by March 1.

Requests for support less than the mini-grant minimum of $1,000 are considered throughout the year on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement. Additional information about the college’s gifts and grants to the community is available at