Knight foundation to donate $1 million to Coast non-profits

By MELISSA M. SCALLAN – mmscallan@sunherald.com

GULFPORT

Nonprofit groups in South Mississippi soon will be able to apply for grants to help improve life for residents.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation will announce today the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will invest up to $1 million over the next seven years for programs run by nonprofits in the lower six counties.

Rose Dellenger, special events manager for the GCCF, said the money will be used for economic development, childhood development and health programs, among others.

“It has to be a program or a project that engages the community and the children,” she said.

Dellenger said groups will have to write letters of inquiry first before they can apply for a grant. There will be an advisory committee to review grant proposals.

She said there will be no limit on the amount of money a nonprofit organization can request. Groups applying for grants will go through the GCCF. A community foundation director at the Knight headquarters in Miami will work with an advisory committee in Biloxi to guide the GCCF on how to use the money.

This program is part of the Knight Foundation’s $70 million Community Foundation Initiative, a program that helps ensure communities have the information they need to make decisions about their lives.

The GCCF will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today to release more details about the initiative.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/11/2090867/knight-foundation-to-donate-1.html#ixzz0ktAAZz6L

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