The Three Rivers Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2011 grants round. The deadline for completed applications is July 22, 2011. Applications are available online at www.trcommunityfoundation.org/grants-and-scholarships/.
Grant applications must show how an organization will improve the quality of life and strengthen these communities. Successful grant applications will be awarded to non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 designation. Other non-profits must have a 501(c)3 fiscal agent to receive the grant.
TRCF will award grants of up to $7,500 each in one or more of the four following areas:
•Social, cultural and leisure: To enhance educational opportunities, enrich the artistic and cultural climate, increase and diversify recreational opportunities.
•Public issues and information: Citizen-led initiatives that will enable thoughtful, non-partisan analysis of important community issues, particularly those that clarify and build consensus on resolving pressing community issues.
•Human services: To improve the quality, accessibility and efficiency of health care service; to impact positively the housing, safety, employment and other needs of vulnerable youth, elderly and low-income people; or to lessen human suffering by building the ability of people to improve their lives.
•Education and lifelong learning: To improve the quality, scope and accessibility of educational programming to all residents in the service area.
The foundation, which started in 1989, has given more than $400,000 in grants and scholarships to organizations and students in its service area. The mission daily is to improve the quality of life in the area and strengthen the community by developing, investing and distributing funds, and encouraging leadership. They support charitable organizations throughout the ISD 728 district and the communities of Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman.