Home Community Organizations CFVI ANNOUNCES 2003 MINI-GRANT PROGRAM



March 4, 2003 — The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands invites individuals and community organizations to apply for the Foundation’s 2003 Mini-Grant Program. The Foundation awards mini-grants to innovative programs that respond to the needs of children and families in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Now in its seventh year, the mini-grant program will award up to $20,000 in grants. Individual awards range from $250 to $1,000. Any private group (school class or club, sports team, alumni group, for example) or individual in the U.S. Virgin Islands may submit an application for the 2003 mini-grant program. Proposals will also be accepted from established non-profit organizations.
CFVI mini-grants are in keeping with the Foundation’s mission to support innovative programs that enhance the educational, physical, social, cultural, and environmental well being of children, youth and families in the Virgin Islands.
In 2002 the Foundation distributed a total of $35,000 in mini-grant awards to 58 community organizations. Among the community programs receiving mini-grants in recent years: "Keeping our Roots Alive!" project at Charles H. Emanuel School and the Robotics Club at Alfredo Andrews Elementary School, both on St. Croix; Marine Kids Korps aquatic program for youth at Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas; field trips for St. John youth in the summer program at Elaine L. Sprauve Library; bowling tournaments through the St. Croix Junior Bowlers, Inc.; garden supplies for the Bovoni Resident Council Gardening Club; and after-school programs on St. Croix at the Arawak Camp Program and on St. Thomas at the Methodist Training & Outreach Center.
Applications for 2003 mini-grants are due Friday, April 11, 2003. To receive an application call the Community Foundation at 774-6031, or stop by the office in Royal Dane Mall, Suite 2C, just above Beans, Bytes & Websites Café. Send e-mail requests to: dbrown@cfvi.net.
Application forms are also available on St. Thomas at the Draughting Shaft,
Havensight Mall. On St. Croix applications can be picked up at the St. Croix
Chamber of Commerce, 3009 Orange Grove, Suite 12.
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands was established in 1990 to serve the children and families of the Virgin Islands. The Foundation has almost 50 funds created by individuals and businesses to support educational, environmental, social and cultural initiatives in the Virgin Islands.
CFVI provides mini-grants to community organizations, distributes scholarships to area students, and publishes "Kids Count," a major study of children in the territory.

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