The application deadline is approaching for the Humboldt County Community Foundation (HCCF) grants. Last year, over $100,000 was distributed to nearly three dozen non-profit entities in Humboldt County.
The Foundation Board is a charitable public foundation established by community stakeholders for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Humboldt County by initiating programs, coordinating resources and supporting organizations that enhance education, community betterment, arts and culture and health and human services.
Requirements for the grant application are pretty straightforward.
• The organization must be a tax-exempt non-profit entity or a government entity, or have a fiscal sponsor (that is a non-profit) to receive the grant funds. No grants are awarded to individuals.
• An IRS determinant letter should be attached to the application.
• Grants should be made for projects or programs for specific community betterment or improvement, not day-to-day operations.
• The projects, events or programs should be a capital-based, long-lasting improvement. While projects can be multiple county in scope, the grant will go to benefit the county as a whole.
• Organization financial information as well as a budget worksheet for the project is required. Funding on behalf of the HCCF requires at least 50 percent in matching funds. In-kind contributions and donations may go toward the matching amounts.
• Any entities who have been awarded grant funds previously must have completed a project evaluation form to be eligible to be considered for grant funds in the current round of funding.
• Funds are not awarded to any political or religious organizations.
Grant application forms may be picked up at US Bank, Northwest Bank or Humboldt City Hall, or can be downloaded off the organization’s Web site at www.hccfb.org .
The grant applications are due by Friday, Jan. 10, by 4:30 p.m., at US Bank, Northwest Bank or Humboldt City Hall.