Have an idea to improve the community but don’t have the means to make it happen? The Clarkfield Area Community Foundation (CACF) wants to help.
Community members have until Friday, June 15 to submit grant applications for projects that would serve to the benefit the community.
Last year, the CACF distributed $2,000 in grants between four community organizations that included the local care center, charter school, 4-H and library. ?This year, additional interest accrued from the endowment fund will allow CACF to distribute a few hundred additional dollars over and above that alloted last year.
“We’re just happy the foundation has continued to receive interest on the endowment so that the money can be reinvested back into the community,” said Annette Patel––who, along with Krista Isaacs and Dale Berg, is a member of the CACF Grant Committee charged with reviewing grants applications and making recommendations to the CACF board for final approval.
As an example of the type of projects approved this past year, representatives of the Clarkfield Care Center requested grant monies to add a patio adjacent to the facility’s Therapeutic Sensory Garden Project, which served to create a space ideal to bring residents and visitors together to interact.
Individuals interested in applying for a grant should pick up and return the application at City Hall. Additional guidelines include the limitation of grant requests to between $500 and $1,000 and a requirement that they derive from an organization that qualifies for 501 (c)3 non-profit status.
The Clarkfield Area Foundation is a community endowment fund, fiscally guided by the Southwest Initiative Foundation.
Community donations remain in the endowment, generating interest that is returned to the community in grants. Individuals are encouraged to build endowment through continued donations and may do so by directing tax-deductible checks to: Clarkfield Area Community Foundation, P.O . Box 397, Clarkfield.