The Community Foundation of East Mississippi is urging organizations to apply for grants the foundation currently has available.
“Two of those grants are for art programs or art projects. One is for the safekeeping and welfare of animals. The fourth one is for the historic preservation within the African American community in Lauderdale County,” said Becky Glover, executive director of the foundation.
The first three grants are available for each of the five counties that the foundation serves, which are Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, and Newton counties. The foundation will give away grants totaling approximately $10,000 to qualifying non-profit organizations.
“We don’t award grants to individuals. We’ve had a lot of phone calls about grants for individuals. We have to follow IRS and state charitable giving guidelines, so that means that we have to award them to organizations, not individuals,” said Glover.
The grant application process ends this Thursday, June 30th. Glover explained that the process will help the foundation identify further need in the community.
“Going through a competitive grant process like this helps increase awareness that the community foundation exists, that we have funds available for these specific purposes. Getting the grant applications in helps us know what all is going on in the community. There may be organizations that we weren’t aware of that are doing really good work, and we want to know about them.”
Completed grant applications can be mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the foundation’s administrative office. For more information about the application process, call 601-696-3035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.