Our next Grant Seekers Information Session is on Wednesday, January 4th, at 4:00 pm. This is an in-person session, held in the upstairs meeting room of the Otsego County Library (or via Zoom). The purpose of this information session is for nonprofits, educators, and government agencies considering submitting an application to the 2023 Community Grant Program through the Otsego Community Foundation to learn more about the process.

The grant application has major changes this year, and it will be important for those applying for grants to attend this information session. The new grant application will have a prequalifying question focused on the type of grant an applicant is applying for. The types are Seed Grant, Sustaining Grant, Expansion Grant, or Capacity Grant. Each of these grant types also requires filling out a variety of additional questions on the application.

At this session, potential applicants will hear from Community Grant Program Funding Partners, have an opportunity to ask questions, and will learn more about important details to consider when applying. The Community Grant Program is a collaborative effort made possible by Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Gaylord, Otsego Community Foundation, Otsego County United Way, Munson Healthcare OMH, The Drzewiecki Agency-Meemic Insurance Agency, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and the Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society. It streamlines the grant seeker process for nonprofits by using one common application.

“It was very helpful to present our nonprofit information to the groups at once, so all heard the same message and could bring that back to their organizations for funding consideration. Thank you for this opportunity!” said a past grantee.

Since the formation of the Community Grant Program, over $946,500 has been awarded to local organizations for projects and programs to advance their missions.

“Our service club is starting to channel more funding requests through the Community Grant Program,” said Neil Drzewiecki from the Rotary Club of Gaylord, a grant committee member. “It is advantageous to the nonprofit organizations to take advantage of having multiple funding partners together in one room.”

The applications will be available online at www.otsegofoundation.org from January 4th until February 3rd, 2023. Anyone who would like to attend via Zoom, please click here. If you are interested but unable to attend in person or via Zoom, call the Otsego Community Foundation at (989) 731-0597 or email karin@otsegofoundation.org with questions.