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Over the last fourteen years, the FEMC Board of Directors has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to over 320 projects and/or non-profit organizations in Mitchell County.

This year, the FEMC will be awarded an estimated $106,000 in Endow Iowa funding. State legislation requires that 75 percent or $79,500 be awarded in grants and 25 percent or $26,500 be placed in a permanent endowment. In addition to this funding, the FEMC may be awarding an additional estimated $10,000 in grants from their FEMC endowment funds.

The FEMC will be awarding an estimated $90,000 in this year’s grant making cycle.

The FEMC looks to fund projects that address significant community issues; present innovative, creative, and practical proposals which build on community strengths; develop the leadership potential of the community; involve the people served in the planning and implementation of the program, provide a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period, capital projects that impact a significant number of Mitchell county residents.

The FEMC offers grants in the following areas: Health & Fitness, Environmental Quality, Community Development and Life Learning.

Mitchell County Economic Development, in support of the FEMC grant making, is offering potential applicants the opportunity to attend a free grant writing workshop.

Workshop attendance is mandatory for all new applicants for those who did not receive funding the previous year in order to be eligible for funding. However, those who did receive funding during the 2018 grant cycle are not required to attend a workshop in order to apply for funding and should contact Jessica Marzen at the MCEDC office to receive application materials.

One group workshop will be offered at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the basement of the Mitchell County Courthouse, Osage. If unable to attend, please set up an appointment with Marzen to review application rules and guidelines, by calling the MCEDC offices at 641-732-4790 or by email at mcedc@osage.net. Applications will be made available this day.

The 2019 FEMC applications will be due Wednesday, September 11. Funding announcements will be made at an evening awards celebration in late October. Eligible applicants include 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations and 170(b) units of government organizations.

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