Community Innovation grant applications due Friday

The deadline for the first 2015-16 round of the Metro Springfield Community Grantmaking Program is approaching. Applications for Community Innovation grants are due by 5 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 25.

You can apply online here. Contact Grants Program Officer Bridget Dierks at (417) 864-6199 with questions.

A total of $50,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Community Innovation Grant program, with a $10,000 to $12,000 range for proposal consideration. Possible categories under the “Community Innovation” grant opportunity may include:

  • Environmental and stewardship strategies designed to fulfill present and future community needs
  • Conservation of land, water or energy resources
  • Increasing the stability and sustainability of locally sourced food production
  • Community development issues such as revitalization of the built environment or the development of urban green spaces
  • Other emerging community needs identified by the requesting agency

Proposals should reference “best practices” for any of the program categories submitted or substantive supporting references for innovative program outcomes in comparable settings.

Proposals should focus on efforts designed to enhance existing programming with a record of success meeting needs, or, in the case of new program strategies, has a demonstrative potential for affecting those concerns through the requesting agency’s past programming practice or outside agency outcomes. Matching funds are not required.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

• The effectiveness of the existing programming or potential for success for new programming through previously successful program outcomes;
• The impact of the program on existing community needs or potential for impact for innovative programming on emerging community needs.

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