WIMGA Educational Grants
The WIMGA awards several grants annually to MG groups to aid their efforts in community education. Applications for each of the 3 levels of funding are due by October 1 (postmark date) of each year.
Sixteen grants totaling $4,150 were awarded in 2012.
$4,150 was awarded in 2012 with four (4) $100 grants, seven (7) $250 grants and five (5) $400 grants available. The next awards will be made in 2013.
Applications for the 2012 grants:
The following conditions apply to all grant applications submitted:
- Applications will only be accepted from WIMGA members (no outside organizations).
- All grant applications must be signed and mailed; electronic applications will not be accepted.
- Associations may apply for more than one grant, but may only submit one application per grant category (monetary level).
- An association may not submit an application in each category for the same thing (i.e., you must be creative and submit a different project for each grant category that you are applying for).
- An association that has received the largest grant available is not eligible to submit an application for that grant category in the following year.
- No association will receive more than two educational grants from WIMGA per year.
- The Finance Committee’s decision of grant award will be final and Associations will be notified by November 15.
Each association that receives a grant will be responsible for submitting a written report OR a poster presentation (ie. pictures and narrative) about how the grant was used. A progress report or summary of the poster presentation must be submitted electronically to the MG Program Coordinator by July 31 of the following year.
- Reports should be at least one page long, and include a description of the project, what the grant money was used for, how that enhanced the project, and how the project impacted the community. The article should preferably be written in narrative style – like a story for a newspaper – and emphasize how the grant money made a difference! Photographs are encouraged, and should be submitted as separate files.
- Posters will be displayed at the annual WIMGA Conference. If the conference is held after the report deadline, the poster itself does not have to be completed, but a summary of what the poster will include must be submitted.
- Associations that do not submit a report or poster will not be eligible for grants for the following two years.
- If grant money cannot or is not used for the specified project, it must be returned to WIMGA. Returning a grant will not affect eligibility for future grants.
Completed applications should be submitted to the MG Program Coordinator.
Four factors determine awarding of the grants:
- The number of participants who will benefit from the program. Will space be available for the general public? Will there be an attempt to notify other counties about the program, including advertising in local newspapers or cable TV?
- Would there be a fee charged? This would be considered positive in that an association would be trying to recharge its treasury from program via videotape or audiotape for future reuse.
- Would the program be recorded via videotape or audiotape for future reuse?
- What would be the quality of the program and would there be a need for the program? What are the credentials of the presenters?