The Community Foundation of Otsego County is seeking proposals from nonprofits operating in Otsego County for its 2021 Awards Cycle. Up to $200,000 will be invested to build the capacity of the local nonprofit sector to address issues identified in the CFOC Community Survey. “We are very open to experimental programs, collaborations, and new approaches,” says CFOC Board Chair Harry Levine. “With skill and determination, local nonprofits developed new ways of providing services and fulfilling their missions during the pandemic. We want to channel this creative thinking to find effective ways to address food insecurity, promote affordable housing and economic development, and other key priorities identified by the community in the survey.” Along with the 2021 Awards Cycle that focuses on capacity building, there are still awards available in the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. As COVID-19 vaccines are essential to the health of Otsego County as well as its economic recovery, we now invite proposals that address barriers, such as lack of transportation, the lack of a primary care doctor and medical advice, or other impediments, that prevent Otsego County residents and those who work in the County from getting a COVID-19 vaccine. “Our mission is to lead and inspire community-wide efforts that significantly improve the quality of life for all Otsego County residents,” said Levine. “Investing in the nonprofit sector, and expanding its ability to address problems, build community, and create opportunity is our focus for 2021.” Along with the Survey results, the Community Foundation relied on the data in the COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment Update prepared by Opportunities for Otsego (OFO). Find out more and apply for the 2021 Awards Cycle. Find out more and apply for the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. If you have any questions on applying, we are very glad to help. Please email awards@cfotsego.org.

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