Johnstown Independent

County funding agencies adopt centralized process

The Licking County Foundation and the United Way of Licking County have partnered to create a simplified and centralized grant application process to benefit Licking County nonprofits.

The partnership, the Licking County Common Good Grant Inquiry Application, aims to streamline the initial phase of the grant application process. Grantseekers can now complete a common letter of inquiry and meet the initial grant requirements of both agencies. The LCF and the UWLC will continue to maintain different guidelines, schedules, deadlines and grant evaluation processes.

The Licking County Common Good Grant Inquiry Application is now the first phase of the 2015 application process for both agencies. Eligible applicants who complete the application then will be invited to complete the full grant proposals offered by the LCF and the UWLC. Thanks to the new online letter of inquiry process, nonprofit grant applicants will submit the following grant inquiry information just once:

* Organizational information, including tax status

* Program/project information, including a project description, timeline and collaboration

* Budget information, including annual operating budget, project or program budget, requested amount and other funders

* Attachments, including officers, directors and/or trustees and a description of key staff

* Organizational requirements and certifications

The online application can be found in the Community Grants section of the LCF's website ( and on the UWLC website ( The deadline for completing the Licking County Common Good Grant Inquiry Application is Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Both agencies now are accepting letters of inquiry. For more information, visit the agencies' separate websites, above, or contact Megan Evans, LCF program assistant, at or 740-349-3863, extension 101; or Deb Dingus, UWLC executive director, at or 740-345-6685.