The 2016 CPCF Grant Application is Now Available

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The 2016 Application for Funds in now available! 
Organizations interested in applying should do the following:
  1. Download and review the RFP Guidelines.
  2. Request a copy of the application form (and reserve a spot at our grant workshop by emailing kate@collegeparkfoundation.org!) by filling out this short questionnaire: http://bit.ly/1SKClvy

As a part of our commitment to fiscal responsibility, we are asking each applicant to either attend our grant workshop on Tuesday, June 14, or meet individually with a board member prior to submitting an application.

Have questions, or aren’t sure how to proceed? Please drop us a line using our contact form or at kate@collegeparkfoundation.org.

The Reviewer’s Guide To Grant Writing

The College Park Community Foundation is entering its fourth grant cycle, thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors. After three rounds of grant-making, here’s our top tips for writing a successful grant application.

  1. Introduce Yourself. Especially in small communities like College Park, it’s tempting to assume that the reviewer is already familiar with your organization. Maybe you even know several members of the board. But this can be difficult, as most grant-making organizations strive for fairness in doling out their funds. That means reviewers who score your application may be asked to use only what’s presented in the application. So even if you think those folks already know it, sing your own praises, tout your accomplishments, and brag a little. Bonus points if you can quantify it with numbers.

  2. Make the Connection. Before you start filling out a form or writing an application, take a moment to jot down one or two sentences about what the funder is looking for. Then write another 1-2 sentences about how your organization or the project for which you are seeking funding fits into those goals. Doing that first will take less than ten minutes, and will help you frame the entire application in a way that is compelling to the reviewer.

  3. Give ‘Em What They Want. Even for small grants, it’s worth the time to go through the grant application after you’ve finished writing. CPCF has a short document that describes the eligibility and rules for our grant-making program. Most RFPs will have something similar. Take some time to walk through those guidelines and make sure you’ve hit them all in your application. Some folks find it helpful to physically check them off with a pen.

  4. Run the Numbers. CPCF isn’t the only grant-maker with a ceiling on what you can ask for. Make sure your request is under the max ceiling. If your overall project will be more than the maximum you can request, specify exactly what parts of the budget the grant will support. Some organizations require that you indicate how your organization will make up for the balance of funds needed to execute your project.

  5. Spell Check, then Check Again. Some reviewers might get cranky after reading through dozens of applications with spelling or grammatical errors. Make their lives a bit easier by making your application as easy to read as possible. If you know that you are prone to make mistakes, plan ahead for a friend or colleague to read through the document before you submit.

  6. If You Don’t Know, Ask. CPCF’s mission is focused on giving away grant funds to worthy charitable projects that make College Park a great place to live. Knowing that, if you’re unsure about whether your organization or project qualifies, if the application is not clear, or if you are not sure about anything, reach out to us to ask! We’re here to help!

CPCF’s 2016 grant application is due July 31, 2016.  For more information, visit us at www.collegeparkfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter: @collegeparkfdn or email us at cpcfdn@gmail.com.

College Park Mother’s Day 5k Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:00am

The College Park Community Foundation (CPCF) is pleased to host the 3rd Annual College Park Mother’s Day 5k. Runners and families will make their way around a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) course around downtown College Park, Calvert Hills, and Old Town, starting and ending at College Park City Hall. The race will welcome participants of all ages and abilities and feature a special start for runners with strollers.

Third Annual College Park Mother's Day 5K, May 7

Third Annual College Park Mother’s Day 5K, May 7

Proceeds from this event will benefit the outreach and grant-making activities of CPCF. Each year, through a competitive application process, CPCF awards monetary grants to non-profits and service organizations that charitably serve College Park residents in three priority areas: Education, Quality of Life, and Community-Building. Since 2013, CPCF has granted more than $10,000 to more than 15 nonprofit organizations.

CPCF is offering the opportunity for registrants to participate in the “Couch to 5k” program and will offer facilitated group runs/walks between mid-March and race day.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in different categories (Male, Female, Overall, Stroller Runners, etc.) Prizes will include pies, as well as donations from local businesses.

Registration fees range from $20 (early bird) to $35 (day-of registration) and families will also be able to save by registering as family (of up to 3 people) at a reduced cost. Children 8 and under will race for free. Each registration includes a premium race shirt and Bibtag timing system.

To learn more and register, click here.