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Youth Council To Award Grants

Last updated on Friday, April 13, 2012

(PAOLI) - The Orange County Community Foundation Youth Council has $2,500 available to nonprofits for this year’s Unrestricted Grant Cycle.

Applications are available at the OCCF office, 112 W. Water St., Paoli. All proposals must be submitted to the OCCF by noon on April 30.

The youth council was established in 2002 and assists nonprofit agencies and charitable programs in Orange County by providing an annual grant cycle. The 36-member group, consisting of students in grades 8 to 12 from Springs Valley, Paoli and Orleans, focuses on the needs of the county as a whole. Annual fundraising projects allow the youths to offer an annual grant cycle, providing the students with an opportunity to make a difference for the citizens in Orange County. All grant-making programs are available to nonprofits in Orange County, and all of the county's nonprofits are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are sought for projects that will improve quality of life and fall into the categories of arts and cultural activities; civic and historical affairs; education; recreation; and health and human services. The Youth Council Grants Committee generally assigns a higher priority to programs that: respond to the community's most pressing needs and concerns; reach as many people as possible; offer services not already provided in the county: and strengthen the nonprofit sector.

The foundation does not make grants for the following purposes: to support individuals; for normal operating costs usually covered by operating income; advocacy or political purposes; loans; general group or individual travel; or programs promoting the teaching of a particular church, denomination or religion.

Orange County organizations and agencies that are tax-exempt according to Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply. However, for-profit entities interested in funding charitable nonprofit programs also may be eligible to apply; the OCCF Grants Committee will determine the eligibility status. The population served by the program must be only within Orange County.

For further information, contact Cyndi Goerres, OCCF program manager and youth council coordinator at (812) 723-4150 extension 102.

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