By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- A local group awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to more than a dozen nonprofits this week.
A donation from Woodstock Anonymous allowed the Shenandoah Community Foundation to give $48,000 to groups which sought funding in this year's round of grant awards, according to a release issued Thursday. The foundation awards grants each year to groups located in Shenandoah County or directly benefit the locality's residents.
The money awarded falls far short of the more than $136,000 as requested by 23 nonprofits. Program coordinator Jeanne Russell noted that nonprofits have seen their funding from various sources reduced. In many cases organizations like the foundation must make "tough decisions" on how to disperse limited funding to deserving groups, according to Russell.
"It's hard because you want to give the money to everybody," Russell said Friday. "It's actually no frivolous requests. I mean people are asking for what they really need for their organizations."
The foundation awarded grants to:
- A Small Hand
- Earth Korps Inc.
- Healthy Families
- Shenandoah Help with Housing Inc.
- Humane Society of Shenandoah County
- Mt. Olive and Shiloh UMC Enrich Program
- Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter
- Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
- Shenandoah County Public Schools
- Shenandoah County Free Clinic
- Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley
- The Art Group
- The Volunteer Farm
The funds come from the foundation's unrestricted grant awards, Russell explained. The foundation accepts donations throughout the year, including to its unrestricted fund which allows a donor to give money with no specific intended recipient or use. However, the grant awards process does require the organization requesting the funds to state a specific need and then later show the foundation the money went to that use.
The foundation gave $109,000 in grants and scholarships to groups in 2011.
The grant process begins in November with the foundation inviting groups to send letters of intent outlining projects they wish to fund, the release states. Organizations then submit full applications by Feb. 1.
Visit www.shenandoahcf.org for more information.