Dow Community Grants, Deadline March 31

Community Grants

Grant Timeline

  • 2nd Cycle
    • Application Deadline – march 31, 2013
    • Notification Date – May 1, 2013

by Heather Brady

The Community Grants category includes yearly grants for Community projects.

The companyGIVES Community Grant Program provides funding for projects that contribute to the success of local communities with the objective of making them better places to live and work. Grants are given to one-time projects that have the potential to provide visible, long-term, sustainable benefits for community members.

Applicants must be charitable or non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Faith-based non-profit organizations may qualify, provided their proposed project is for the benefit of the community as a whole rather than just the members of their congregation or organization.

Projects must be initiated by the non-profit organization and contribute to Dow’s global community success and local quality of life impact in at least one of the following areas:

Science – Enhancing understanding of the roles of chemicals and plastics in the chemical industry or having the potential to increase interest in careers and opportunities linked to chemistry, engineering, technology and other sciences
Community Success – Promotes job creation, meets community defined needs, provides permanent improvement to the social infrastructure of a disadvantaged or underprivileged section of the community or provides funding for materials or tools which will be widely available within a community or will offer long-term benefit to the community
Sustainability and Innovation – Enhances or protects the natural environment or raises awareness among a broad public audience of environmental issues and relationship to social and economic consideration

Projects should also align to local Community Success goals. To meet Dow’s goals for Community Success, requests for funding should also show how a proposed project will impact community residents and include details about how the community will learn of Dow’s involvement.

A selection committee will review grant applications and choose grant recipients.

  • Applicants should request only the amount needed to fund the project
  • Funding cannot be used for operating expenses, personal computers, travel expenses, dues, advertising, fund raising events, giveaways or prizes, individual scholarships, dues and memberships or lobbying expenses
  • If additional funding is required to complete the project, the funding sources must be secured and confirmed prior to applying for a Dow Community Grant
  • Application should not exceed 4 pages in length, including the project description and itemized budget.
  • Applications must be signed by the organization’s Executive Director or equivalent

What kinds of projects do not apply?

  • Those submitted by for-profit businesses, religious organizations for the sole benefit of the organization, individual sports teams, political organizations or candidates, labor unions, homeowners’ associations or individuals

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Dow Community Grants, Deadline March 31

Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Program, Deadline May 9

This FFO announces the availability of funding for the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (Rural Jobs Accelerator). The goal of the Rural Jobs Accelerator is to promote opportunities for accelerated job creation and community and economic development in rural regions through regional collaboration in numerous high-potential industry clusters, including renewable energy, food production, rural tourism, natural resources, and advanced manufacturing. Many rural regions either possess, or can be linked with, assets fundamental to the growth of existing high-potential industry clusters. The Rural Jobs Accelerator provides resources to support the development of clusters and to assist distressed rural communities in accelerating job creation by leveraging local assets, building stronger economies, and creating regional linkages. Approximately 20 regions will be selected through a merit-based interagency grant process.

The Primary Funding Agencies expect to jointly award a maximum of $715,000 per project. Applicants are required to provide matching funds, and apply for funding from both of the Primary Funding Agencies. USDA will target investments to support technical assistance to develop rural communities’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or economic and community development. EDA will target investments to support projects that create regional linkages by connecting communities with innovation clusters and regional opportunities leading to job creation, expanded markets, and economic growth.
The Regional Funding Partners expect to offer additional funds to projects located in their respective regions. ARC’s maximum grant amount per project will be $100,000. ARC funds may be used for projects that address gaps in a community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and promote the growth and competitiveness of an identified industry cluster. DRA’s maximum grant amount per project will be $250,000. DRA funds may be used to provide technical assistance for business development and economic development planning in rural areas.

Through the use of these coordinated investments, Rural Jobs Accelerator activities will:
• Accelerate the creation of high-wage jobs;5
• Accelerate the formation of new businesses and growth of existing businesses;
• Identify and build assets in rural communities that are crucial to supporting regional economic ecosystems;
• Link rural communities to markets, networks, industry clusters, and other regional opportunities;
• Facilitate the repatriation of jobs back to the United States6;
• Support the deployment of innovative processes, technologies, and products;
• Enhance the capacity of small businesses in regional innovation clusters, including small and disadvantaged businesses7;
• Increase U.S. exports and business interaction with international buyers and suppliers;
• Develop the skills and expertise of local workforces, entrepreneurs, and institutional partners to support growing clusters; and
• Ensure rural economies are supported by efficiently planned housing and community development.

For prospective applicants, EDA and USDA will hold an information teleconference on March 20, 2012.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 9, 2012. Contact us for more information!

Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Program, Deadline May 9