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Centre Foundation Launches New Grant Program

by on May 15, 2014 1:00 PM

The Centre Foundation is launching a new grant program intended to inspire change in the community.

The Centre Inspires program will provide up to $100,000 in grants annually to fund projects that address a major need in Centre County.

"Centre Inspires will be a multi-year program," says Molly Kunkel, executive director of Centre Foundation. "Each year, Centre Foundation will focus on a new program area in order to fund projects that touch all aspects of life in our community. The health and social services interest area will rotate more frequently, reflecting the foundation's traditional support level of these services."

The program will focus on a new issue each year, with "culture, community and the arts" as this year's theme.

This year, Centre Inspires will invest in projects that build community engagement through enhanced community aesthetics, increased community events, and/or expanded cultural opportunities.

"It has been shown that community engagement not only builds community spirit, but also drives economic development," Kunkel says.

The foundation is interested in projects that "create an appealing atmosphere and attract young professionals, bring people of different backgrounds or parts of the county together, and/or result in a change that can be felt in the near future."

There will be three information sessions for organizations planning to apply. All will be held at Centre Foundation's office at 1377 Ridge Master Drive, State College.

May 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.

May 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

June 3 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Organizations interested are to answer the following question in a one-page letter of intent:

"What project(s) would you like to implement involving the arts, cultural opportunities, or community events that would encourage the people of Centre County to be more engaged in their community?"

The primary partner must be a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. The deadline is June 30. The foundation will then select candidates to submit a full application.

For more information about Centre Inspires, contact the Centre Foundation at (814) 237-6229.

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