The Cottage Grove Community Foundation is distributing more than $17,000 in grants throughout the community in its annual awards.
“Thanks to our generous donors, our grants program expanded this year,” said the foundation’s Grant Chair Ann White. “We were able to fund 100 percent of the qualified grant applications.”
In all, there were 17 grant applications for the 2022 Cottage Grove Community Foundation Grant Awards and all 17 were funded at $1,000, except one which was over funded at the request of the donor.
“We have had other years where we have been able to fund all the grants, but in recent years the trend has been for donors (using donor advised funds) to select organizations or projects outside of our process,” explained White. “This vastly reduces the amount of funds that are available for our process.”
This year, the foundation was able to fund 11 more grants than it had planned because of donors’ dedication to establishing/building endowment funds.
The Community Foundation formed in 1991 with the purpose of supporting the community by receiving, holding, investing and administering contributions and gifts to benefit community interests.
The group’s grants support a wide variety of projects, aiming to make a significant difference in solving community problems or concerns.
It has also established a scholarship program for local students. The foundation’s scholarship program is open and accepting applicants for 2022 until tomorrow (March 11), with over 40 awards in amounts from $500-4000 available and a total funding amount of $120,000. Last year, the Community Foundation distributed $105,000 in 79 awards to deserving students, with $32,000 of those funds representing renewed scholarships.
In authorizing the Community Grants, the foundation gives preference to projects of the following types:
• Projects that demonstrate a timely impact on an organization’s development and the community it serves.
• Projects or programs aimed at providing needed services or facilities for which public funds are either not available or are not sufficient and the Foundation’s contribution, either by itself or in conjunction with other private support, would have a significant impact.
• Programs which would contribute to the educational, medical, cultural, social and civic needs of our community.
• Programs where modest amounts of money can make a significant difference and which promise tangible benefits or means of solving community problems or concerns.
• Programs which will be completed within one year of award notification date with a progress report at the six-month mark.
• Preference will be given to organizations who have not received CGCF Community Grants during the last two years.
Unless designated otherwise by the donor, Community Grants normally will not be made to organizations for the following purposes:
• Emergency funding
• Travel to or in support of conferences
• Debt retirement or operational deficits
• Annual fund drives or operation expenses except during a start-up period not to exceed three years.
• Sectarian religious purposes (does not preclude consideration of requests for educational, medical, or social service-oriented programs open to all community members undertaken by church affiliated or supported agencies.)
Organizations that have an IRS non-profit designation are eligible to apply. Grants are made for one year only and may range from $500 to $1,000.
The foundation defines its community service area as that covered by the South Lane School District and are limited to this area unless otherwise specified by an individual donor.
Each year, applications start around the first week of October with a deadline in the third week of November. Awardees are announced in February.
The grant application can be found on the foundation’s website at www.cgcfoundation.org and the applications are submitted electronically.
2022 Cottage Grove Community Foundation Grant Awards
Cottage Grove EBID/Bohemia Park – Bohemia Park Multi-Purpose Shelter/Classroom - $1000
ACE Charter School – ACE Charter School Playground Renovation $1000
Lincoln Middle School PE – AB Mats w/Tailbone Protectors - $1000
Lincoln Middle School – Fresh Produce for Food Class - $1000
Bohemia Mining Days – Office Equipment Upgrade - $1000
Friends of the Cottage Grove Library – Pre K Recreation & Literacy - $1000
Bohemia Elementary School – Sensory Garden - $1000
South Lane Mental Health – HVAC Upgrade for COVID Safety - $1000
Cottage Grove Police Department – NARCAN Admin. Support - $1000
Community Sharing – Homeless Supplies Project - $1000
Al Kennedy High School – Replenish Clothing Closet - $1000
Family Relief Nursery – Diapers $1000
Dorena Elementary School – Zero Waste Compost Project - $1000
CASA of Lane County – Lift a Child’s Future - $1000
South Valley Farmers Market – Music at the Market - $1000
Lincoln Middle School – Outdoor Learning & Sensory Garden - $1000
CG Genealogical Society $2481