Handbags That Help (HTH), a local women’s giving circle, has announced this year’s grant initiative for a project or program that will help improve the lives of individuals living in Hancock County. Proposals are being requested from local nonprofit organizations for programs that are focused on building strong families with an emphasis on youth and young adult wellness (up to age 25). Programs considered for funding may include, but are not limited to, the areas of mentoring, suicide prevention, eating disorders, gangs, pregnancy, poverty, and other mental and physical health topics. This year’s grant focus was chosen based on a survey of member interests.
Local nonprofit organizations can apply for up to $37,716 in grant funding. Funds may be awarded as a single grant or as multiple grants totaling up to $37,716. The group is looking to make a significant impact with their grant dollars.
Grant application information is available online at www.community-foundation.com in the Handbags That Help section. Completed grant proposals are due to the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation office by December 15, 2011.
Following the December 15 deadline, the HTH Grants Committee will review all submitted proposals. On December 16, 2011, all applicants will be asked to present a five-minute summary of their proposal to the Grants Committee. Proposals will be evaluated by the Grants Committee through February and grant finalists will have the opportunity to make a presentation to the full membership at the March 2012 meeting. Members will vote to select their grant recipient(s) at that meeting. The official grant presentation will take place at the HTH meeting in April 2012.