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3rd Annual NLMC Community Grants

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By Wendy Morgan, Board Director

At the completion of my fourth year as a Board member, I look back and remember the birth of the New Leaf Market Co-op Community Grant Fund and how it was developed.

Originally, scholarships were offered to individuals to honor the memory of Matthew Tansey and Bryce Buchanan. Three years ago, after many meetings and discussions, it morphed into a community grant, which we created to reach more people, rather than just two individuals. With the help of a volunteer with experience working with, and scoring, grants, we created a 10-question application and a precise scoring system used by the Grant Committee.

The grants are offered to promote local food production, a sustainable environment and healthy lifestyles. The following local organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply:

  • Local organizations defined as nonprofit under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

  • Projects which address childhood health and obesity concerns in the community

  • Organizations which seek to reduce hunger or improve access to local, natural and/or organic food and products in the community

  • Events, education programs and projects that focus on improving the quality of life for our communities’ residents, particularly as it relates to health, nutrition, education and environmental preservation

  • Any local project that contributes to a sustainable environment

  • Any business which builds relationships and co-operation in the community

  • Classroom teachers in the community whose projects relate to the above criteria  

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015. Winners will be announced the first week in September and awards will be granted at the Annual Meeting on October 31.

Application, tips and other useful information is available here. Submit a paper application or online here. Please help spread the word by sharing this article with your friends and family. We're excited to see how we can help further a healthy Tallahassee.

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