Deadline near for foundation grants

The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation is taking second quarter applications for community project grants through March 15.

The foundation reviews grants every quarter, making decisions on each application during one of its monthly meetings in the following quarter.

Applications must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of government, such as a municipality, township or school district. Applications that are not tax-exempt nonprofit organizations must apply through a fiscal agent willing to accept responsibility for the project, such as a municipality.

The foundation awards grants to support programs and projects that improve the quality of life and build a stronger sense of community in the Spring Valley, Ostrander and Wykoff area. Possible areas of funding include but are not limited to education, engaged seniors, arts and culture, civic and community improvement, and health and wellness.

Preference is given to projects that demonstrate potential for long-term community benefit, have the potential for success in achieving their objectives, and encourage partnerships between and among community service groups, non-profit organizations and institutions.

The grants are awarded in the form of matching funds with an upper limit. This is to encourage organizations asking for grants to be actively involved in fund-raising. Generally, the SVACF will match up to 50 percent of the project. Grants are awarded as funding permits and based on the decisions of the foundation board of directors.

Grant applications are available on the foundation website at svareafoundation.org.