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The Buena Vista County Community Foundation (BVCCF) is excited to announce a second opportunity for local non-profits and governmental and public school agencies to apply for funding. The Fall 2023 round of grants is now open and will close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2023.The BVCCF awards grants typically two times per year to organizations that are qualified not-for-profit, governmental agencies, or public schools. Organizations that don't meet these requirements may utilize a "Fiscal Sponsor" to apply for funding.Grants are awarded in one of three categories, small, medium, and large, depending on the funding request and the number of matching funds provided.The application for the Fall 2023 grant cycle is available on the Foundation website at the following location: bvcountyfoundation.com/grants/grant-application/Additional assistance is available on our website, including Frequently Asked Questions and a slide show that goes step by step through the application and provides additional details and tips on completing the application. For more information, please visit the following page: bvcountyfoundation.com/grants/grant-application-help/Completed applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted or considered in this round of funding.Applications can be mailed to the Foundation at PO Box 771, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588, or dropped off at Storm Lake United (119 W. 6th Street, Storm Lake, Iowa) in a locked drop box in the main lobby. ... See MoreSee Less
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SHARE YOUR INPUT ON STORM LAKE CHILD CARE NEEDS STORM LAKE – An important child care needs study is underway in Storm Lake. In a first step for this project, parents who reside in the 50588 zip code are being asked to complete an online survey during the next month. The City of Storm Lake has contracted with First Children’s Finance (FCF) to complete the child care study. The study will include research and analysis on: • The needs of local families and children• The current supply of registered child care• Parents’ current and preferred child care choices• Impact on employers caused by lack of child care• Child care providers’ challenges in operating The study will result in a report that will include the key findings of the research and analysis, including insight on the child care gap - how many children likely need care versus the number of spaces available. The research includes a survey of parents that are currently using child care in Storm Lake or want to use child care in Storm Lake, to learn about their child care preferences along with child care challenges they may be facing. The survey for parents can be accessed online from now through September 30, 2023 at:www.surveymonkey.com/r/StormLakeParents A Spanish language version is available at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/PadresdeStormLake In addition, local employers and child care providers will be contacted to participate in surveys to provide insight into the current child care supply and how it is affecting them. “It has been a number of years since Storm Lake has had data on current child care needs. We encourage parents to take this opportunity to share their input. The information will be vital to future efforts to meet the needs of the community,” City Manager Keri Navratil said. If you have questions or would like more information about this project, contact Lee Dutfield, City of Storm Lake at dutfield@stormlake.org or 712-732-8000. ... See MoreSee Less
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