Soroptimist International of Grass Valley (SIGV) is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations in Grass Valley and surrounding areas. Grants will be awarded to selected organizations that focus on helping women and children. Proposals can be for specific projects or general operating expenses. Nominations will be accepted until March 30 and recipients will be announced by May 1.
Soroptimists will consider grant applications up to $2,000. The service club tends to favor giving grants to local organizations that focus on service delivery and don’t have large fundraising budgets. Grants are awarded only to certified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.
Previously supported projects and programs include support for infants, toddlers and young children up to age 5 at KARE Crisis Nursery, play equipment and a garden project for the Army of the Hi, Sierra Harvest healthy eating programs, NEO youth empowerment activities that encourage young teens, support of the alumni program for young girls in the Friendship Club, programs for children and adults in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, children’s enrichment programs provided by Child Advocates of Nevada County, to name a few.
Over $84,000 has been awarded since 2013, when the grant program began. SIGV began in 1965 and has always placed a high priority on helping the local community. It is estimated that over $294,000 has been donated since its inception.
Soroptimists also participate in the Live Your Dream educational awards for single women who are heads of households and improve their education so that they can be more empowered for themselves and their families. These prices are available in the fall.
SIGV earns funds for the grant program through proceeds from the food stand on Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair and other fundraisers. To visit http://www.sigv.org to apply for grants. For more information, email [email protected]or call Fran Freedle at 530 268-1280.