The Clinton County Foundation and the Legacy Fund are sponsoring two grant information workshops on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m. via Zoom. These are free and open to anyone.
The instructor is Carolyn Caldwell, GPC, CFRE and Principal of Raising Awareness, Raising Funds.
“Ms. Caldwell has more than 20 years of fundraising experience and we’re pleased to share that she is now an instructor for us”, explained Jan Blohm, executive director for the Foundation. “Carolyn will assist the Foundation in meeting our commitment to provide fund-raising and related resources to local nonprofit organizations,”
Caldwell is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a Certified Fundraising Executive. She works out of the Columbus area.
“The workshops are to prepare for the opening of the Legacy Fund grant cycle, beginning February 1 through our grant portal,” explained Blohm. “There have been some modifications made to the prior budget form. The Legacy Fund committee wants to ensure that all nonprofit organizations who apply have the proper tools and information they need to be successful in their application.”
The Legacy Fund is the newest competitive grant organization at the Clinton County Foundation. Last year, the first for the Legacy Fund, saw more than $300,000 distributed to local government entities and nonprofit organizations.
“Legacy grants supported the safety, well-being and health of Clinton County citizens,” said Blohm. “It was wonderful to lift up for support so many great, wide-ranging projects in our county. These included, among others, paving a bike trail, supplying emergency medical equipment to local authorities, and enhancing a children’s park.”
The Legacy Fund was established at the Clinton County Foundation with a major portion of the proceeds from the sale of Clinton Memorial Hospital. The Foundation has invested those assets wisely and is committed to ensuring that annual distributions will be available to the community.
“We are the hidden treasure to our community,” explained Brad Reynolds, president of the Clinton County Foundation board. “We support a strong Clinton County through permanent charitable investments. We are the bridge between kind people and good organizations that, working together with the Foundation, build a stronger Clinton County.
“Our Foundation is nationally accredited by the National Council on Foundations and is a proven, trusted friend and partner to more than 100 individual donors, families, companies and nonprofits,” added Reynolds.
The Clinton County Board of Commissioners has selected a five-member Legacy Fund committee to review and approve grant funding requests, comprised of Janet Dixon, Joe Hete, Tony Long, Mike McCarty and Michelle Morrison.
The grant cycle is a two-step process beginning with the Feb. 1 start date. The initial step involves submitting a letter of intent which will enable grant writers to share a brief overview of their planned project along with their overall budget needs.
Those organizations whose letters are accepted and approved will move to the second step of the process. This requires a full grant application with more detail and formal budget estimates included.
To register for one of the free Jan. 20 workshops, just email the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation’s grant portal is located on their website, www.clintoncountyohiofoundation.org. New organizations are invited to set up their account. For those who already have a grant portal account, they’ll be able to use their existing password and login information.
Please contact the Foundation with any questions at 937-566-1634.