New Metro Springfield Innovations Grant Deadline Approaching

This is a reminder to Springfield and Greene County non-profit agencies that a little more than a week remains to apply for a new Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program opportunity: The Metropolitan Springfield Community Innovation Grants.

The deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, March 9, for this $50,000 grant round. The preference is for established programs with a proven track record in environmental, sustainability or community development areas, or new ideas from established organizations with demonstrated potential for success. No matching funds are required for these grants.

Continue reading for a  full outline of the grant and proposal requirements and application link.

Possible categories under the “Community Innovation” grant opportunity include environmental, sustainability or community development issues, as well as any 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.

Deadline for proposal consideration is 5 p.m., March 9, 2012. Grants will be awarded on April 3.

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