Community Foundation's YAC seeks grant proposals

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Carroll County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) has announced its ninth grant cycle.

All Carroll County non-profit agencies, church, school or local government sponsored programs that serve youth and children are invited to apply by sending grant proposals to: CCCF (YAC), 149 Huntsville Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72632. The office is located in the lower level of First National Bank of Berryville building -- Eureka Springs branch. Grant award amounts may range from as little as $100 to as much as $1,000 per grant recipient. The total amount available to award is $6,800.

Application forms are available at all Carroll-Madison Library System branches in the county or can be obtained by contacting Carroll County Community Foundation assistant executive director, Marie Sathrum, at (479) 253-8203, by e-mailing aedcccf@yahoo.com, or by downloading from www.arcf.org/carrollcounty. Grant proposals must either be hand-delivered to the Carroll County Community Foundation office or post marked no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 15.

The YAC is a diverse group of 33 high school students representing the four Carroll County high schools and home schools as well. Recognizing that young people have a real concern for others, the CCCF offers teens this opportunity for in-depth experience in investing their own time and resources in their communities.

Participants develop an understanding of philanthropy and learn about issues of community-building. The YAC members will review all grant proposals for positive value to and impact on Carroll County youth. They will meet in mid-March to determine the grant recipients. Awardees will be notified during the last week of March with a presentation ceremony slated for mid-April at a time and place to be announced.

CCCF is one of 26 affiliate community foundations of the statewide Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF) and is one of the affiliates with a strong Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Funding for the YAC grants is through earnings from their permanent YAC Endowment Fund and, in large part, through the annual generosity of local philanthropists, Wayne and Janet Clark. Since 2002, in eight grant cycles, 59 grants totaling $38,074 have been awarded to 31 different organizations for projects that benefit youth in Carroll County.

For more information concerning CCCF YAC, contact the CCCF office or YAC adult advisor, Tina Cone, at (870) 423-2747.

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