Do you know a Centre County non-profit organization in need of a $10,000 grant? Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle members are currently accepting grant proposals through the June 23rd deadline.
“Organizations with a new idea, program, or project have been historically popular with the Giving Circle members,” explained Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation Executive Director. “Members like to see tangible impact projects completed in the near-term, especially projects that will serve some of the more vulnerable populations in Centre County.”
“After the grant proposals are received in June, the Giving Circle members will narrow the field to their top three organizations,” continued Kunkel. “These final three organizations will make a live presentation at the August 30th cocktail reception and are guaranteed a grant, but the Giving Circle members’ votes that evening will determine which organization receives the $10,000 grant.”
Since the Giving Circle was established in 2006 to commemorate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the members have pooled their resources and voted to distribute $109,000 in grants to programs throughout Centre County.
This year, Giving Circle members will meet at Above the Valley on August 30th. 
“Alone, someone may not be able to fund a $10,000 grant project,” added Kunkel, “Together, as part of the Giving Circle, members are able to make a big impact in our community!”
Annual membership in the Giving Circle ranges from $125-$500 according to age.  Online, monthly payment options are also available.

Previous recipients of Giving Circle grant include Interfaith Human ServicesCentre Volunteers in MedicineHouse of CareDiscovery SpaceHousing TransitionsStrawberry Fields, and Centre Helps (formerly the Community Help Centre).  These grants have funded financial care programs, women’s reproductive health programs, a preschool remodeling and removal of asbestos, a new roof, and many more crucial projects.

For more information about how to apply for the $10,000 Giving Circle grant or how to join the Giving Circle, please contact Centre Foundation at 814-237-6229.