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The Shallow Ford Foundation mini-grant opportunity

The Shallow Ford Foundation announces a new mini-grant opportunity to support programming at the new Lewisville Community Center.

Grants for up to $2,500 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations wishing to provide programming at the new Lewisville Community Center, which will open to the public this fall.

The proposed programs can be scheduled anytime between November 2021 and December 2022. Examples for programming may include but are not limited to, art or other instruction; health and wellness programs; “lunch and learn” style events; lectures or presentations; or film, music, and other arts performances.

Lewisville received a donation of 15 acres of land in the middle of town several years ago from Mary Alice Warren that became Jack Warren Park, which opened in 2010. More recently, Warren gave another 15 acres adjacent to that location to the town, and it is now the site of Lewisville’s new community center, which will be named Mary Alice Warren Community Center and open to the public this fall. As a result, this area now has a location for place-based programming — something long needed.

“We feel very fortunate to receive this grant to assist in developing a diverse offering of programs for residents in the Lewisville and Clemmons area. This investment will demonstrate the many learning and enrichment opportunities that will be available at the new Mary Alice Warren Community Center,” said Lewisville Mayor Mike Horn.

Some more quick facts:

• The deadline for grant applications is 5 p.m. on Oct. 7. The application is designed to be easy for organizations to complete.

• Proposed programs should aim to brighten the lives of residents of all ages in the Lewisville-Clemmons community.

• Priority will be given to programs that are suited to seniors and children/youth.

• The community center has bluetooth connectivity to a full room sound system, video monitors in all rooms, and a large screen projector in the multipurpose room. Room capacity ranges from 16 to 18 people in the activity room and conference room, 80 people in each of three multipurpose rooms, and a total combined multipurpose room capacity of 240 people.

• Grants will be awarded in late October. Grant applications will be reviewed and awards recommended by a team of community volunteers.

“We believe these programs will bring great joy to our community,” says Greg Keener, program officer for the Shallow Ford Foundation. “We hope this funding opportunity will encourage local nonprofits to provide mission fulfilling events in a creative, engaging way.”

The grant opportunity is aimed at addressing needs that are not being supported by available response/recovery funds from federal and state programs.

More details and a link to start the online application can be found at shallowfordfoundation.org/minigrants

Questions? Contact Program Officer Greg Keener by email at greg@shallowfordfoundation.org or phone at 336-403-0433