Students at the Edge summer program are quizzed on their Hunger Games knowledge. The Scott County Partnership received a grant for the summer program.

The Scott County Community Foundation extends an open invitation to the community to submit proposals for the Foundation’s 2013 Community Grants Program. The grants may be used for any charitable purpose in the areas of community service, social service, education, health, the arts, environment and entrepreneurship. The Foundation has awarded over $2.7 million in grants and scholarships to the community since being established in 1997, which includes over $488,000 from our unrestricted grants.

The Foundation has $68,000 that may be awarded in this year’s program from unrestricted funds, including the Donald R. Collins Sr. Family Fund, Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, the Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Hazel and Lowell Lowry Sr. Memorial Fund, L.L. and Juanita Lowry Unrestricted Fund, John and Janice Martin Unrestricted Endowment Fund, Dr. William and Diann Scott Memorial Fund, Scott County Memorial Fund, Scott County Immediate Response Fund and the Community Enrichment Fund. In addition, there is over $41,000 available from the CAPE Endowment Fund, which provides funding for educational initiatives.

“The Scott County Community Foundation will once again provide support for our not-for-profit organizations,” said grants committee chairman Hank Jentzen. “Our grants process is just one way we contribute to others whose efforts help improve the quality of life in our community.”

“I also encourage everyone who may be interested to contact the staff at the Scott County Community Foundation to discover how easily a fund can be established and the many different kinds of funds available,” added Jentzen.

The Scott County Community Foundation welcomes proposals from charitable organizations which have their tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, schools, and government entities. Proposals from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need.

Because this is a competitive process, application standards and expectations will be high. Applicants are encouraged to meet with staff to review applications and receive tips for a successful proposal.

Applications are completed online, saving organizations copy expenses. To submit an application, visit the Foundation’s website at www.scottcountyfoundation.org and find the link from the Scholarships and Grants menu.

Grant applications are due Tuesday, April 30 at midnight. Finalists may be interviewed at the end of May, and recipients will be announced mid-June.

For more information, please call Jaime Toppe at 752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org. You may also stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg.