SJI Community Foundation to Launch Virtual Fair Matching Grant Program August 12th
Posted August 11, 2020 at 5:45 am by Peggy Sue McRae
Excerpted from the SJI Community Foundation website…
Each year, the San Juan Island Community Foundation hosts an exciting matching grant program in their booth at the San Juan County Fair. This tradition gives local nonprofits heightened visibility in the community and a chance to raise funds for current projects. More than $65k was awarded to 9 nonprofits following the 2019 county fair!
When it became necessary to move to a virtual county fair in 2020, the SJICF staff was determined to find creative ways to keep the matching grant program alive. A virtual fair matching grant program was designed and will be launched during the 4 days of the fair, August 12–15. The online grant catalog will feature 30 local nonprofits in a wide variety of interest areas, including education, visual and performing arts, animal welfare and health and human services.
According to Carrie Unpingco, Executive Director of SJICF, “We look forward to the fair every year because it’s a chance for us to visit with donors in a fun setting and to engage the entire community in local philanthropy. There is so much opportunity to support local nonprofits as they continue to provide services during COVID-19 despite having to cancel annual fundraising galas and events. This year, funds are being requested for both program support and operations. Although general operating expenses are not typically within our grant guidelines, we feel strongly that now is the time to provide funding support to programs as well as to sustain nonprofit operations.”
The virtual grant catalog will open on SJICF’s website at sjicf.org during the 4 days of the fair, August 12–15. SJICF will match up to the first $1,000 raised for each project.
Mark your calendars to visit sjicf.org August 12–15 so you can support your favorite nonprofits!
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