Grant process revised for most-recent round
The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $72,000 in grants to 24 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF).
The MVF grant program was established in 2006 to provide sustainable funding for a vibrant, healthy Methow Valley, according to a Community Foundation news release.
MVF grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, social and public benefit projects.
This year, the MVF program guidelines were updated to better serve the grant-seeking nonprofits, the Community Foundation said. Historically, the MVF awarded grants up to $5,000, but often awarded partial grants in an effort to serve as many needs as possible.
Now the MVF has two award categories — $2,000 and $5,000 — with no partial award options, the Community Foundation said.
The application process is now more commensurate with the award, with the smaller grant having a shorter, less-intensive application, the Community Foundation press release said. Both grants still require a site visit with the Methow Valley Fund Advisors, a group of local residents who evaluate each application and determine the final grant awards.
“We surveyed the nonprofits across the valley to evaluate how the Methow Valley Fund grant process was meeting their needs” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “Their responses indicated that a smaller award option that required less time investment would be valuable. Now that we’ve been through the new process, it feels like a better fit for the nonprofits and hopefully results in more effective impact.”
The MVF grants are made possible by donations to the fund by the general public who care about the Methow Valley and want to see it thrive. Since its inception, the MVF has awarded over $1 million in grants to nonprofit programs serving the Methow Valley.
Grants can be designated for specific purchases or projects, operating support, training, marketing and other uses.
The MVF grants are open each year on Dec. 1 and are due Jan. 31. To learn more, visit www.cfncw.org/methowvalleyfund.