For the 2022 Community Grants Program, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation will use a new online application process for organizations interested in applying for funding. Since its inception, the grant program has distributed just under $170,000 for projects across Clearfield County and in 2021, 31 different organizations received a grant totaling $47,915.
In previous years, the Charitable Foundation accepted grant applications by US mail, delivered by hand, or by scanned copy of the paper application attached and emailed. For the 2022 grant cycle, only applications submitted using the online application process will be accepted. Applications submitted on paper or as an email attachment will not be accepted or considered for funding.
The online grants portal will be open Monday, August 8 through Friday, September 23 at 4 p.m. via the links provided on the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation website. www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org. Organizations interested in applying for project funding will see a button on the main webpage that says “CLICK HERE ON OR AFTER AUGUST 8 TO SUBMIT A 2022 GRANT APPLICATION”. Clicking the button will take the user to a second screen where they can choose between two other buttons, “SUBMIT A PROJECT REQUEST FOR GENERAL GRANT FUNDING” which is what most organizations will choose, or “SUBMIT FOR FUNDING FROM THE SARAH JANE MATTERN FUND” which is only available to four specific community organizations located in the Borough of Osceola Mills.
Once the user selects the button to begin the submission process, they will see the following screen:
The first time a candidate accesses the page, he must click on the link “New candidate?” » link under the email box to set up their organization’s login account with the grant application software. Once the account is created, they can use their email address and password to log in to start or continue working on their online application form. Applicants should note that they can start working on their applications at any time on or after August 8 and can return to the site to continue adding or editing the application until 4 p.m. on September 23. All information and changes must be completed. on the application and the “SUBMIT” button must be selected to officially submit the application for consideration by 4 p.m. on September 23.
First, on the application form, users will see the “Before You Begin” page which contains detailed instructions for the user to review before beginning to enter information into their application form. The user will also see screen tab buttons at the top of the screen which will allow them to access specific sections of the application as follows: “BEFORE YOU BEGIN”, “ORGANIZATION INFORMATION”, “KEY CONTACTS”, “INFORMATION REQUEST”, “BUDGET”, “ATTACHMENTS”, “AUTHORIZATION” and “REVIEW MY REQUEST”. Each page must be open and all requested information boxes must be filled in. There is also the attachments page where applicants will upload PDF or Word document files to support their application.
Each time the user logs back in, they will see the following screen which will list their pending request and allow them to select and open the request to edit.
Users can move around using the tab buttons or complete each page in order using the “NEXT” button at the bottom of the screen to move to the next section of the application. At the bottom of the screen, users will also see a ‘SAVE and FINISH LATER’ button which will allow them to save their application and return later to the live site to continue working on the application.
Once the candidate has filled in all their information, users should then click on the “VIEW MY APPLICATION” tab and the system will notify the user if any required information is missing. Once all the required information is included, the user will click on the submit button. During the process, users will receive automated emails from the online system informing them of their account and application progress.
CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken said: “The online software essentially replicates the hard copy application that has been used for the past few years. As long as the person applying for the grant online has experience using websites to enter information, they should be able to complete their application easily. If they have any issues, each screen has a clickable “If you have any questions – Click here to contact us” link and the user can email us directly with questions or issues.
CCCF Grants Committee Chair Lisa Kovalick added, “Moving to a fully online, paperless system will make it easier for organizations to apply, allow the Grants Committee to review and score applications, and allow the foundation to charity to confirm that grant funds are used correctly and in a timely manner. way. Having this system in place will also provide essential tracking and historical data that the CCCF Board can use to confirm the impact of the community grants program on population groups, specific communities in the county, and to track where and how the funds were used. ”
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and Grant Review Committee encourage any organization that may have a viable project to visit the CCCF website beginning August 8 and apply for a grant. It should be noted that reporting organizations do not have to be a 501c3, but organizations that are not a 501c3 will need to partner with a municipal government or 501c3 organization to serve as an intermediary agent for grant funding. .
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