The McPherson County Community Foundation soon will have a grant research library available to local residents.
Nonprofit organizations and grant seekers looking for financial assistance will have access to resources outside of the county beginning in March. This is made possible through a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center of New York.
The library, which will be in the back of the McPherson County Community Foundation, will include two computers and a bookcase of materials. The resources are for in-house use only.
The computers will provide access to programs that are otherwise unavailable to grant seekers. The only prerequisite to its use is training sessions, which will explain how to operate the systems. The sessions will last between 30 and 45 minutes and will begin in March. In order to sign up, individuals may call the Foundation at 245-9070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bookcase will include materials regarding grant researching, grant writing, grant sources and other information.
The service is free, but the Foundation will charge fees for paper copies of materials.
Becky Goss, president of the McPherson County Community Foundation, said the library will be available to anyone, including nonprofit organizations, individuals seeking entrepreneurial or economic development opportunities, and teachers. Its location will provide easy access for locals.
“I’m really excited about the possibilities for this,” Goss said. “Our main goal was just to provide for and work with nonprofits and give them an opportunity.”
Goss said Foundation operators realize the Foundation isn't big enough to fund all McPherson County needs. The library will help bring in funds from outside that can supplement their services.
“If we could help nonprofits leverage another $600,000 (in one year) from funding sources outside of McPherson County, I would say that would be really successful,” Goss said.
Those interested in using the Foundation’s library can check www.mcphersonfoundation.org for updates.
Cooperating Collections, established in 1956, provide under-resourced and underserved populations in need of vital information and training with tools they can use to become successful grant seekers. At locations throughout the country, Cooperating Collections offer free access to the Center’s detailed information on grantmakers and how to apply for grants. Thousands of people visit the Center’s website each day. For more information, visit foundationcenter.org.
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