RB Foundation offers new grants
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
A new category of grants is being offered by the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, the first due to the $500,000 bequest by the late Matt McLaughlin in 2010.
“We’re starting to realize the interest accruing from the $500,000,” said Trudy Armstrong, associate vice president of regional outreach at the San Diego Foundation.
The gift is one of several the longtime Rancho Bernardan made to the San Diego community, which also included a $10 million legacy gift to the San Diego Foundation that is to be shared among its various affiliates.
However, the $500,000 was designated for Rancho Bernardo for its foundation endowment.
Rather than increasing the amount of the community grants presented during the annual Thanksgiving luncheon, Armstrong said foundation leadership decided to designate this money for grants related to a specific issue. The amount to be granted has yet to be determined — the fiscal year ends on June 30 — but Armstrong said it is projected to be around $30,000.
This year, the focus is technology, since that has been deemed a need in the community, she said. Specifically, the group will consider applications for projects and programs that emphasize integrated comprehensive programs and assist individuals with attaining knowledge and critical thinking skills via technological innovation. These could be in the areas of arts and music, health and fitness, curriculum building, science or focus on training and usage of new technologies.
The programs and projects need to benefit the general population and could include funding equipment, software installation and training.
Those eligible to apply include nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies that provide services to Rancho Bernardo. Their proposals can include requests between $1,500 and $15,000 and are to be spent between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.
The online application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, June 25. For an application and eligibility details, go to www.rbcommunityfoundation.org.
Armstrong said this summer the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation will once again seek applicants for its community grants, which will likely be a combined $7,000. For more than two decades the foundation has presented community grants to various entities to assist them in serving Rancho Bernardans of all ages.
For questions, contact Armstrong at 619-764-8602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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