Looking To Give Locals A Leg Up

Chamber Seeks Donations To Build A Grant Database

Posted: February 25, 2013

Organizers of Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce are attempting to give area nonprofits a leg up tracking down financing.


Donations are being accepted to fund a portion of a database project that would create a comprehensive list of available funding in a location convenient to local organizations.


The database, called the Foundation Center, would allow nonprofit employees to research funding opportunities from state and federal agencies. It would be available for use at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg.


Currently, local nonprofits are competing with each other for mostly local funds, said Jenna French, Shenandoah County Chamber director.


“I was shocked to discover how few of our local agencies had ever received funding through grants,” she said. “While they knew many grant opportunities existed, many expressed that they didn’t know where to begin looking for funds.”


The database costs $4,000 annually, which according to French is more than local agencies can afford on their own. Together, Shenandoah County nonprofits have pledged $1,200 toward the project. French said she is hoping to find sponsors to share the remaining $2,800.


More information on the database is available at: www.foundationcenter.org.


To donate, contact the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce at 540-459-2542 or info@shenandoahcountychamber.com. Pledge cards are available on the website and are due by March 1.


Contact Kaitlin Mayhew at 574-6290 or kmayhew@dnronline.com

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