New! 2020 Capacity Building Small Grant Program

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New! 2020 Capacity Building Small Grant Program

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is pleased to announce a new round of capacity building grants for non-profits that are striving to advance their mission during difficult times. TLGV will provide grants up to $1,500 for equipment, services and training to improve remote communications (i.e. virtual meeting or enewsletter subscriptions, cloud-based software, website upgrades, etc.) or provide alternative means of engaging the public (i.e. video/audio equipment for virtual tours or podcasts, equipment to photograph, scan and digitize collections, etc.).

Grants may range from $500 – $1,500. Funds will be dispersed on a reimbursement basis and must be matched 1:1 by cash or in-kind contributions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

TLGV is a member-supported, non-profit organization working to care for and pass on The Last Green Valley so future generations can continue to enjoy the National Heritage Corridor.

Eligible Organizations

Non-profit 501(c) organizations must have missions that are aligned with and advance the visions and strategies of Vision 2020, the management plan for The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor (https://thelastgreenvalley.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Vision-2020-The-Next-Ten-Years-in-The-Last-Green-Valley.pdf).

Application Instructions  

Please provide the information requested below. Applications must be emailed to LyAnn@tlgv.org and will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. TLGV will confirm receipt of your application within 2-3 business days. Successful applicants will be notified as quickly as possible given our remote work situation and will be required to sign a short Contract.  

 The Fine Print

  1. For all grants, payment of expenses will be made on a reimbursement basis.
  2. A 1:1 match of cash or in-kind contributions (such as volunteer labor or donated supplies) must be demonstrated. Federal funds cannot be used as match.
  3. Projects cannot begin, and funds cannot be spent, until a Contract has been fully executed.
  4. Projects must be completed by September 30, 2020.

Application Details – Please provide the following information:

  • Applicant Organization:
  • Total Amount Requested from TLGV:
  • Total Match Provided by Applicant:
  • Project Mailing Address:
  • Phone:
  • E-mail:
  • Website:
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (required):
  • Name and Signature of Project Director (electronic signature is acceptable):
  • Date:

Please answer the following questions concisely:

  1. What are you requesting and why is the equipment, service or training needed? How will it help you fulfill your mission?
  2. How will this funding help your organization advance the visions and strategies of Vision 2020?
  3. Who will be responsible for project implementation and what are their qualifications?
  4. Can the project be completed by September 30, 2020?
  5. What is the budget for the project? Please provide details, including cost estimates for the equipment, service or training you wish to purchase. A 1:1 match of cash or in-kind contributions such as volunteer labor or donated supplies must be made. Please specify the items and/or personnel you are asking TLGV to pay for as well as the items and/or personnel you are contributing as match. Please list the wage rates and dollar value of any donated labor. You may use the Independent Sector rates of $31.05 for volunteers in CT and $32.15 for volunteers in MA (note: these rates were released 4/19/19; TLGV will update with 2020 rates as soon as new figures are released). Federal funds cannot be used as match.

 Attachments – Please provide:

  1. Evidence of 501(c) non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service; and
  2. Written documentation of a Board of Directors’ vote approving submission of the grant application and confirming the availability of matching funds and/or in-kind contributions.

For More Information

If you have any questions about the grant program or would like to discuss your proposal prior to submission, please email LyAnn Graff at LyAnn@tlgv.org.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. is a member-supported, non-profit organization working for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for, enjoy and pass on The Last Green Valley!

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