If you have an innovative idea for Bexley that you want to see come to life, the Bexley Community Foundation wants you.
Until May 23, the foundation will accept applications for organizations looking to fund a project that will benefit Bexley residents and has a budget of more than $5,000.
As of last week, the foundation has $125,000 it plans to award in 2013, said Susan Quintenz, chairwoman of the foundation's board of directors.
Each year, the foundation awards grants for major and minor projects that typically all have one thing in common: They're innovative.
"We really encourage thinking that goes beyond simply supplementing what we already have," said Judy Brachman, chairwoman of the foundation's Programs and Grants Committee. "We're looking for projects that will enhance the quality of life in the community and so we ask the applicants to think broadly and to come up with innovative proposals that will really help the community and invite Bexley residents to participate in a very special way."
Brachman said collaborations with other organizations and having a volunteer element to the project can also earn a proposal a second look.
Once applications are submitted, the foundation's Programs and Grants Committee votes on which projects it will fund; the decisions will be announced at an event in September, Brachman said.
In 2012, the foundation awarded $99,500 in major grants for six projects. The grants funded the city of Bexley's Alum Creek Corridor improvements that include kayaking (which will begin this summer) and the Ohio Chautauqua event that will be hosted June 16-20 by Capital University and the Bexley Public Library. Three more grants went to the Friends of the Drexel and allowed the theater to upgrade to digital cinematography.
Eligible grant applicants include nonprofit organizations and government agencies. For a full list of grant guidelines and to view an application, visit the website at bexleycommunityfoundation.org.
Prior to submitting plans, all applicants are required to meet with a Bexley Community Foundation representative. To schedule a meeting, contact the foundation at 614-235-4070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.