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March 2, 2014
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Windsor Community Foundation announces grant opportunity to an organization serving basic needs

The Windsor Community Foundation is accepting applications for a grant it’s providing as a result of a recent community survey it conducted.

The WCF’s recent online survey contained questions on three needs categories, which were education opportunities, basic needs (nutrition, health and safety) and arts, culture and recreation. A total of 45 percent of the respondents felt the most important of these was basic needs. The primary need indicated in the basic needs category was for emergency assistance, secondary was elderly assistance. Twenty-nine percent of respondents felt education opportunities were most important and 26 percent of respondents thought arts, culture and recreation were the most important needs of the Windsor area.

After discussing the results of the survey including the individual comments, the board decided to focus its attention first in the basic needs category since the majority of respondents thought this was most important.

The WCF grant will support programs that meet the basic needs of individuals, families and communities in the Windsor area. These may include but are not limited to programs in the areas of human services, economic assistance, food security and health. The grant will be awarded to a 501c 3 organization (or equivalent) in the Windsor area.

“As a follow-up to our survey, we are announcing a grant for up to $1,000 to assist to improve the basic needs of the Windsor area,” WCF board president Mark Brase said. “The grant application is on our website and applications are due back by the end of April. Our foundation is excited to give back to the community in an effort to improve the basic needs of our citizens. This is the first small step toward many larger grants in the future to help make our great community even better. We know of several nonprofit organizations within our community serving the basic needs and we intend to boost their efforts through this grant assistance program.”

The deadline for organizations to apply for the grant is April 30.

“I believe getting the word out on our survey and grant process will really help us with future fundraising efforts,” Brase said. “The survey results are in and we are very thankful for all the Windsor folks that took the time to complete the survey. The survey results were analyzed by the Board and are heavily weighted toward improving the basic needs of our community.”

All requests should demonstrate community support and in-kind opportunities. Funding decisions will be made approximately six weeks after the grant deadline.

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