On March 18, the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, one of the grant recipients, was awarded a grant for $2,000.
The check was presented by MCCF Vice Chair Darlene Haer and will be used to purchase much-needed supplies for the church’s community food pantry. Nonperishable food items, special sizes of coats and pants and children’s socks and undergarments will be purchased to help with the increased needs during this difficult economic year.
Funding for the foundation’s Community Action and Youth Grants Program is awarded from its Community Grant and Youth Funds, which is comprised of general donations from the public. These funds are used to help a wide variety of charitable causes and programs in Mason County, including education, health, human services, recreation and arts and culture.
“We are truly grateful to the area businesses and individuals who have supported our Community Grant Fund and Youth Fund,” said Jane Winters, foundation manager. “It is our hope that these funds will continue to grow each year so that we can award more support for the community in the areas where it is most needed.”
The Mason County Community Foundation and the Parkersburg Community Foundation, of which MCCF is a regional affiliate, will be accepting grant applications for the Fall 2009 Community Action and Youth Grants Round. Sept. 1 will be the deadline for applications.
To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a public institution. Either the applicant or program to be funded must serve the Mason County community. Average grant awards range from $500 to $3,500.
The foundation’s committee emphasizes start-up of new projects/programs; one-time projects/programs; seed money for pilot projects or response to unmet or emerging community needs; matching grants that leverage additional funding; projects that reach a broad segment of the community; projects not adequately served by existing community resources; expansion of existing programs; and urgent needs where prior planning for such needs could not have reasonably been made. Generally, Community Action Grants are not made toward program operating costs, annual campaigns, endowments, sectarian religious purposes or political causes.
“We know that donors to the community’s foundation want to make a significant difference where it counts the most — right here at home — so it’s important to us to be a responsible and accessible grant maker regarding our community funds,” Winters said. “We strive to return as much as we can for the good of the community today, while continuing to build the permanent endowment base that enables our foundation to serve tomorrow’s needs.”
The foundation’s charitable funds serve a wide variety of causes. For additional information concerning grants or donations, call 304-372-8588.