The Inyo County Community Project Sponsorship Program is accepting grant applications for the 2018 Yearly Competitive Grants for events and projects sponsored by local non-profit groups that will be taking place in Inyo County during 2018. Up to $20,984 is available in the 2018 Competitive Grant cycle. The deadline for submitting applications, either on paper or digitally, is Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
The Competitive Grants can be used to fund a variety of projects, programs or events. In general, the CPSP program is focused on helping local organizations promote activities and programs that bring visitors to the area, and also supports events and programs that enhance the cultural and recreational quality of life of the county’s residents. For example, last year CPSP grants were used to help sponsor the Lone Pine Film Festival, the Death Valley 49er’s Encampment, the Eastern Sierra Music Festival and other events.
The Program Guidelines and Grant Application forms can be reviewed, or downloaded by going online at the Inyo County website, under Community Project Sponsorship Program, at www.inyocounty.us/Comm_Proj_Spon/CPSP.htm.
To be considered the completed Grant Application (submitted on paper or digitally), with an original signature, must be received by the Office of the County Administrator by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018. No postmarks or facsimile will be accepted. Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA, (760) 878-0292. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility and those deemed complete and eligible will be forwarded to a Review Panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards at the beginning of February.
Last year the Inyo County Board of Supervisors revised the CPSP program to create three separate types of grants: Fishing Promotion, which funds four local fishing derbies and other promotional events and projects during the Fishing Season; Line Item Grants which fund well-established, ongoing promotional efforts or events; and Competitive Grants.
Organizations or groups with questions about the grant guidelines, the application process or the program in general can call 760-878-0258 for more information.