Carthage 365 announces first grants, application period open for other awards

Mar. 12—CARTHAGE, Mo. — A new organization that is part of the Carthage Community Foundation has awarded its first grants, a total of $14,000 to three Carthage nonprofits.

Meanwhile, the Ruth I. Kolpin Donor Advised Fund, which also is affiliated with the foundation, will begin taking applications for its spring grant round on Monday, March 18.

Carthage 365

The Carthage Community Foundation in a statement said Carthage 365 was founded to "mobilize a group of passionate, caring individuals to make a big impact on the needs of the Carthage Community through collective giving."

Carthage 365 gave:

—$6,000 to artCentral for low- or no-cost, after-school programs.

—$5,000 to Crosslines of Carthage for back-to-school clothes, haircuts and shoes.

—$3,000 to the Carthage Council on the Arts for a pocket park sculpture.

The foundation said each member of Carthage 365 gives $365 or $1 a day in a return for a vote on how the money will be spent. The first vote was held Feb. 16.

"Three local non-profits presented their grant requests to the voting members," the Carthage Community Foundation said in its statement. "Due to generous donations the night of the event, all three requests were honored in full."

Planning is already underway for 2025.

Anyone wishing to join Carthage 365 can go to https://www.cfozarks.org/resources/carthage-365 for more details or to donate. The earlier members donate, the more interest the money will earn, allowing for a larger donation back to the community in February 2025.

Area 501(c)(3) organizations and other IRS-approved entities, such as civic, education or faith-based groups serving the Carthage area, will be eligible to apply for the next Carthage 365 grant round in January 2025.

Ruth I. Kolpin Trust

Area 501(c)(3) organizations and other IRS-approved entities, such as civic, education or faith-based groups serving the greater Carthage area and Jasper and Newton counties, are encouraged to apply for grants from the Ruth I. Kolpin Donor Advised Fund. More than $110,000 will be granted in 2024.

Grant applications may be found online at http://www.cfozarks.org/applyforgrants. Funding priorities include charitable, educational, religious, arts, historic preservation and scientific purposes.

Grants received must be spent within one year of being awarded. Recipients will be expected to provide a detailed follow-up report after one year. All applications must be completed and submitted online by 11:45 p.m. April 11.

Grant decisions are made by the fund's advisory board.