Grinnell College seeks applications for Community Mini-Grants

The grants support local projects that enhance the quality of life in Grinnell

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College is accepting applications for the fall cycle of community mini-grants. Grant applications are due Friday, Nov. 1, and awards will be announced by Friday, Dec. 13.  

The program has directed approximately $400,000 toward nearly 200 community-driven initiatives since 2002.

Grinnell College Community Mini-Grants typically range from $1,000 to $7,500. They focus on enhancing the social and economic vitality of our community. Grant-funded projects address cultural, recreational, educational and human needs, as well as the safety and beauty of Grinnell.

Recognizing that local groups are critical in identifying and developing this community’s quality-of-life initiatives, the program also supports efforts that strengthen organizational capacity. Among other criteria, preference is given to applications that leverage collaborative partnerships within the community.

“We are pleased to help support so many awesome projects that enhance our experience of living in Grinnell,” said Sarah Smith, program manager for the college’s Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement. “Based on feedback from the community and nonprofits, we started offering two cycles of mini-grants in the 2016-17 academic year. By offering two grant cycles, we hope to provide local organizations with more opportunities for developing and funding their projects throughout the year.”

To obtain more information about the program or to download a fall grant application, please visit:https://www.grinnell.edu/about/offices-services/community-enhancement/investments/mini-grants. Information also is available from the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement at 641-269-3900.

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