Monday, June 8, 2015

Grant Declination: Gannett Foundation (Milwaukee)

We recently learned that our $5,000 grant proposal submitted to the Gannett Foundation on behalf of BDPA Milwaukee chapter was declined. Our proposal was originally submitted via the community engagement coordinator at KARE 11.

The declination letter read as follows:

Dear Mr. Hicks,

Thank you for submitting a proposal for a 2015 Gannett Foundation grant. The need for funding is clearly high, as the amount of requests we received greatly exceeded the funds available. This made the funding decisions extremely difficult, and unfortunately we are unable to fulfill your funding request at this time.

All of the requests were worthy of funding and provide essential services to the community. As I mentioned before, the decision making was not easy. Our goal is to assist a variety of community needs, so we do not fund the same organization in consecutive years.

Also keep in mind that we do not provide funds for scholarships or endowments, capital expenditures (including equipment), general operating expenditures (including salaries), start-up monies for programs or one-time events. All of our grants must be designated for a specific program within the organization.

We have awarded all of our grants for 2015; our next deadline for submitting funding requests will be February 15, 2016.

Thank you for the work you do in the community. We appreciated the opportunity to review the materials.

Megan Precht
Community Engagement Coordinator

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation will continue to work with BDPA Milwaukee chapter to obtain the funding that they need for its Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. In the meantime, you can help ... please visit the BDPA Milwaukee Scholarship fund and make a secure online donation right now!

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