The advisory committee for the International Institute Funds is still accepting applications for their June 1 grant cycle; however, the group has updated how requests will be prioritized in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The committee recognizes that individuals with cultural or language barriers are most likely at a greater risk for negative impacts from this crisis, including loss of employment and disruption to education including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Therefore, all grant applicants are asked to reflect in their requests on how their organizations are addressing changes that have occurred in our community and meeting the needs of those most adversely affected due to the crisis.
Grants from IIF will not support events and other programming that require physical interaction this year due to the uncertainty of when social distancing restrictions will be removed and public safety restored. Similarly, the International Institute Funds’ advisory committee has decided to defer the mini-grant program for 2020, as the majority of funding supports programming and events that require physical interaction.
More details and a link to the June 1 application can be found under the International Institute Funds’ section of the Apply for a Grant page.
For current grantees, the advisory committee is implementing flexibility in light of the many challenges this crisis has imposed on organizations. All 2019 International Institute Funds grantees with remaining grant funds are welcome to submit a request for a grant extension or to revise the use of their remaining funds. Those grantees interested should email their request by June 1, 2020 to Casey Krell. Include a description of what has been accomplished, how any spent funds were used, and either a requested extension date or a proposed plan of how remaining dollars would be re-purposed and a date by which the dollars will be spent. Decisions will be made at the advisory committee’s early July meeting.
The advisory committee and the Community Foundation thank the past and present grantees for their understanding and adaptation during these uncertain times. Questions or concerns can be directed to Casey Krell, Director of Supporting Organizations and Donor Services.