The new Community Grant electronic application link and guidelines will be available on the Foundation's website (www.telluridefoundation.org) starting August 12th, and Community Grant Applications are due Oct. 29, 2010. The application process in entirely electronic and requires all documents to be submitted electronically through a common application site. Two informational question and answer sessions are planned to help potential applicants navigate the new on-line application starting early October. The first workshop will be held at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride on October 4, 2010 from 10:00am to 11:30am. The second workshop will be in the form of a webinar, where participants can participate by phone and on-line using their personal computers, held on October 7, 2010 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Those interested in the webinar, can sign up and receive instructions on how to participate on the Foundation's website.
"In the past, grant applicants had to provide the Foundation with nine paper copies of their application and this lead to a lot of paper and some very thick and heavy notebooks for our Grants Committee members to negotiate." said April Montgomery, Programs Director of the Telluride Foundation, "Although we had wanted to reduce the paper copies several years earlier, we were waiting not only for the right technology that would be compatible with our grants management database software but also for the right technology that would allow our Grants Committee to easily review and analyze grant applications on a computer screen by using something similar to an Apple iPad. We feel this system will reduce paper and grant applicant work load, increase accuracy of the data we collect on each grantee, and allow our volunteer Grants Committee to evaluate applications more effectively."
As the new electronic grants application is a bit different from years past, the Foundation urges nonprofits to review the application early, so that they can attend one of the informational question and answer sessions in early October if they have questions. If you have any questions regarding the Community Grants applications or question and answer workshops, please contact April at 728-8717 or email@example.com.
Any qualified organization that serves individuals who live or work in San Miguel County and whose programs and activities are consistent with the mission of the Foundation is eligible to apply for a grant from the Telluride Foundation. Applications are processed by Foundation staff and reviewed by a seven-member Grants Committee, for which Tricia Maxon will serve as this year's chair. After receiving the Grants Committee's recommendations on grant awards, the Board of Directors makes the final decisions on awards in late December.
The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a non-profit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, The Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit www.telluridefoundation.org.