Friday, February 4, 2011

Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2011 competitive grant round. Letters of intent are due March 1.
Each year, grants are awarded in the areas of education, human services, youth and recreation, economic development, arts and culture and civic projects. The Foundation typically funds fifty percent of the requests for funding that it receives.
In 2010, the Foundation received ninety-eight requests totaling $1.5 million. Click Here for a list of grants awarded.
“The Foundation has a long partnership with the nonprofit sector, and sees these grants as a collaborative effort to find solutions to our most pressing needs. It is our intent to be helpful and responsive to those community needs,” said Suzanne Lee, the Foundation’s President & CEO.
Applicants must be 501(c)(3) designated or apply through a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that acts as a fiscal sponsor. Grants awarded by the WLCF are intended to serve the residents of the Williamsport Lycoming area. Any organization located outside of the area must include in their application the percentage of those served by the program who are residents of Lycoming County.
Letters of Intent must be submitted on the organization’s letterhead and should be no more than a brief paragraph describing the program, stating the amount of funding needed and providing an email address. Only those Letters of Intent that are postmarked on or before March 1 will be considered.
The Foundation will review the letters of intent and if approved invite organizations to submit a full grant application. Organizations requesting less than $6,000 are not required to complete a Letter of Intent, but must submit an application for funding.
Complete guidelines and applications may be found on the Community Foundation’s website.
Letters of Intent and Applications can be submitted by postal service to the Program Officer, Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation, 330 Pine Street, Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. For additional information contact the Program Office toll free at 866-901-2372.

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