Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 12:30 pm


 GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College is accepting applications for Community Mini-Grants for cultural, recreational, and educational projects in the Grinnell community. The Mini-Grant Program typically supports requests in the $500 to $5,000 range, with preference given to projects that have impact on the safety, beauty, and economic vitality of the community; projects that request matching or challenge funds; and initiatives that demonstrate collaborative partnerships.

"This is the ninth year Grinnell College has been a catalyst for community initiatives through the mini-grants program," said Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement. "During that time, we've distributed more than $135,000 in mini-grants to community projects. We welcome applications from new organizations, as well as prior recipients."

Applications for 2010 must be received in the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement by the Feb. 1 deadline. Applications will be reviewed by Chavez-Silva and an advisory committee of Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students. Awardees will be notified by March 1.

In 2009, community mini-grants were awarded to 12 local projects: Davis Elementary School for environmental education; Galaxy, Inc., for after-school enrichment program; Grinnell Area Arts Council for ArtBIZ community workshop; Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool for diversity training materials and security upgrades; Grinnell Disc Golf Club for a course at Miller Park; Grinnell Middle School for computer hardware for the science program; Grinnell-Newburg Schools for downtown shuttle bus service and APEX digital curriculum and training for middle and high school students; Imagine Grinnell for Bike to Work Week activities; Rock Creek Lake Alliance for a water foundation and grill at the state park; and software for the new Drake Community Library.