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Nine Non-Profits Vying for $100,000 from Centre Foundation

by on July 16, 2014 1:18 PM

Nine non-profit groups are vying for a pool of $100,000 from the Centre Foundation as part of the organization's new community initiative.

In May, the foundation launched a new grant program intended to inspire change in the community. Over the next six years, Centre Inspires program will provide up to $100,000 in grants annually to fund projects that address a major need in Centre County.

"There was a tremendous level of interest for our inaugural year of Centre Inspires," says Molly Kunkel, executive director of Centre Foundation. "Almost 40 letters of intent were submitted, which were creative in unique and exciting ways."

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

The foundation has selected nine applicant groups to move to the second round of the process, including: the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Centre County Historical Society, Child Development and Family Council of Centre County, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, Global Connections, Jana Marie Foundation, New Leaf Initiative, and Penns Valley Conservation Association.

The second round will include in-person meetings between the applicants and foundation staff members. Project proposals range from musical interaction, radio spotlights, large-scale sculptures, installment pieces, and historical exploration to pop-up art galleries and cultural ideas.

As part of the second phase, applicants must formalize their partnerships, develop a more detailed budget, and explain the entire scope of their proposed project. The Centre Foundation Board of Directors will review the materials and grant recipients will be announced Oct. 17 at Centre Foundation's Annual Dinner.

The foundation says it wants to support 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."

Sarah Sciabica, grant and scholarship coordinator at Centre Foundation, says staff will guide applicants through the final stages of the process and suggest potential partnerships for the proposed projects.

"Centre Inspires was designed to be a collaborative grant from start to finish, from the partners that come together to execute the idea to the groups in the community who will ultimately experience the final project," says Sciabica.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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