The T. L. L. Temple Foundation has established a new $50,000 grants program created specifically to benefit Wards 1 and 2 of North Lufkin. Interested applicants may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 beginning February 1, 2018. Grant awards will be announced sometime in March of this year. Application information is available through the grants program manager Legacy Institute for Financial Education (L.I.F.E.).
As the program’s administrator, L.I.F.E. will oversee the operation of the program. The a 501(c)(3) organization will manage the program, coordinate the review committee and be responsible for small grant distributions and reporting. L.I.F.E. will be hosting an informational meeting on Monday, February 19 at 6 PM at the foundation's North Lufkin resource building (105 Lofton Street, Lufkin).
The North Lufkin Community Small Grants Program was approved by the T. L. L. Temple Foundation Board of Trustees based upon the “Listening to the Voice of the Community” report. The report culminated an appreciative inquiry study of North Lufkin by the Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Social Work Center for Rural Work Research and Development. The study was funded and made possible by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.
An initial allocation of $50,000 has been approved for the program. Small grants will range from $500 to $5,000 and will fund group projects that foster civic engagement and collaboration. Small grants are a means to fund and support placed-based grassroots groups to ensure the $50,000 is invested into projects that have meaning to the residents of Wards 1 and 2 in North Lufkin.
In addition to The North Lufkin Community Small Grants Program, the T. L. L. Temple Foundation will be announcing additional grants and initiatives in the coming months. Most notably, the foundation’s board has approved a three-year grant to Angelina College to expand staff capacity of the Small Business Development Center to focus on North Lufkin. Additional information about that grant announcement will be coming soon.
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