Green River Area Community Foundation accepting grant applications for nonprofits

September 11, 2021 | 12:07 am

Updated September 10, 2021 | 10:36 pm

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The Green River Area Community Foundation (GRACF) is accepting grant applications again this year from area nonprofits. GRACF paused their grant application process last year to focus their funding on COVID-19 relief.

“We are back this year, accepting grant applications with new areas of focus,” said Greg Longtine, Chair of the Grantmaking Committee. 

Grants will be awarded to nonprofits “working to transform lives” in Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties in Kentucky. 

This year’s specific areas of focus are as follows:

  • Nonprofits providing health and dental services to the poor and needy in the Owensboro/Green River Area 
  • Shelters, homes, and facilities for the homeless in the Owensboro/Green River Area 
  • Nonprofits providing child welfare or youth-focused programming in Daviess County

When selecting organizations to fund, the Grantmaking Committee will give priority to nonprofits who effectively make an impact in the community, are successful in their mission, and who experienced a negative financial impact by the pandemic. 

Grants may be requested in amounts up to $7,500. Requests for general operating funds, such as staffing, overhead, etc. will be considered this year. A total of $30,000 will be awarded in January 2022. 

The grant application can be completed and submitted online here, and the deadline is midnight on Oct. 29. Questions regarding the application can be directed to Amy Silvert at Amy@GreenRiverCF.org.

GRACF accepts donations of any amount from individuals, corporations, or other groups to support their community grants. Those who would like to contribute can contact Silvert at the email above.

During the early days of the pandemic, GRACF partnered with the United Way of the Ohio Valley to create the Green River Area COVID-19 Response Fund. 

“We saw some immediate needs arise as nonprofits attempted to continue their services but needed to make adaptations to protect their clients and staff,” said Silver, GRACF Executive Director. “Within those first couple months, the Green River Area COVID-19 Response Fund Council shifted to prioritize our grant funding towards those agencies who were providing food and shelter for those in greatest need.” 

Approximately $500,000 went to agencies to provide rent and utility assistance to local residents over the previous 18 months. 

“Covid-related grant requests have slowed down this year, so it’s time to help our nonprofits who have faced negative financial impacts, yet continue to make a positive impact on our community,” Silver said.

September 11, 2021 | 12:07 am

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