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$10,000 Grant Award at “Night For Nonprofits” Event Hosted by LOFT

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT) will host a “Night for Nonprofits” event at the Powerhouse from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., featuring public presentations of grant proposals and an audience vote to select a $10,000 grand prize grant-winner.

Any Lafayette County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is eligible to participate and submit a proposal on how they would utilize the grand prize grant award to improve the quality of life in the Oxford-Lafayette community. A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released March 1st, 2016 and the deadline for applications is March 31, 2016.

By April 30, 2016, LOFT’s grants committee will select a group of semi-finalists. To advance further in the competition, the semi-finalists must attend a grant workshop hosted by LOFT.

From this workshop, the semi-finalists will have an opportunity to revise their grant application for the next round of the selection process. LOFT’s grants committee will then select a group of finalists to compete for the $10,000.00 award on the night of the event.

Remaining semi-finalists, while no longer in the running for the $10,000 prize, will be invited to the event to showcase their organization and good work in the community, as well as receive a portion of the event’s proceeds toward their efforts.

On the night of the event, the finalists will be responsible for formally presenting their proposal to the audience. The finalist receiving the most votes from audience members will then win the $10,000 prize.

Participation in the “Night for Nonprofits” event does not preclude any nonprofit organization or proposal from also being submitted during LOFT’s regular annual grant cycle process, which opens for applications May 1, 2016. Additional information on LOFT’s regular grant program can be obtained at www.loftms.org/grants.

For more information regarding the application to participate in the “Night for Nonprofits”, questions can be directed to Jody Holland, Executive Director, 662.418.1936 or loftdirector@gmail.com. Furthermore, one can find specific information regarding proposal submission, grant applications, and criteria for the “Night for Nonprofits” event at loftms.org/nightfornonprofits.

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