**Application Deadline - September 1, 2018** AUGUST: First Call for ApplicationsSEPTEMBER 1, 2018: Deadline for ApplicationsMID SEPTEMBER: Review Committee meetsOCTOBER: Notify Applicants of AwardsAPRIL: Awards Announced at Annual Meeting Guidelines and General Information about the HCCF Community Projects Fund: 1. The purpose of the HCCF Community Projects Fund is to offer financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that strengthen: I. Food access or food production; II. Sustainable environmental initiatives; III. Community services; OR IV. Cooperative principles and activities 2. Eligible recipients are: a. Nonprofit, non-denominational, and nonpartisan (not affiliated with or promoting any political party or candidate); b. Non-discriminatory on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical disability; c. Those that primarily benefit the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont as defined by the Vital Communities Service Area. 3. Funding requests can be between $500 and $2,500 in aid, with exceptions for noteworthy need. All applicants will receive notice of the status of their application. 4. Grants are expected to be used for their stated purpose within one year of distribution. If necessary, grantee may request an extension of the grant period or return unused funds to the HCCF. 5. Grant recipients will be asked to report their project results to the HCCF Review Committee within 6 months of project completion. Applications can be made in successive years provided a project report has been submitted each year. Recipients are asked to credit HCCF in their project notices and media. I. APPLICANT INFORMATION: Name: * Address: * Phone: * Email: * Position held in sponsoring organization: * II. ORGANIZATION PROFILE Please describe your organization’s goals, its leadership (staff and board): * And if applicable, please include its website. III. PROJECT OVERVIEW Project title: * Purpose of project: * Please describe your project and the current need it will address: Project Activities and Timeline: * Please identify the specific activities you will implement and when they will be started and completed. Total cost of project: * (Including amount requested from the Hanover Cooperative Community Fund) Amount requested from the HCCF Fund: * Project start date: * Project completion date: * Is this a one-time or ongoing project? * IV. PROJECT RESULTS Describe the results you anticipate achieving through this project: * Outcomes: Changes and benefits that will occur as a result of the project * Evaluation: Please describe how you will evaluate the outputs, deliverables, and outcomes. * How/when will you know you’re successful? What metrics and targets will you use? [150 words] Collaborating Partners: Please identify other organizations that will collaborate on this. * Acknowledgement: How will Hanover Co-op members be publicly recognized for their Community Fund contribution to the project? * V. ATTACHMENTS a. At least two letters of reference * Files must be less than 2 MB.Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx. b. Project budget, if applicable Files must be less than 2 MB.Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx ppt xls xlsx. c. Organization’s or project’s website If none, please indicate "none" d. Certifying letter of non-profit status * Files must be less than 2 MB.Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx.