Giving Circle grants are awarded by Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle, a group of community-minded individuals who pool their resources to make a significant impact. Since its inception in 2006, Giving Circle members have distributed $243,000 in grants to support programs throughout Centre County.
How Giving Circle Grants Work
The grant cycle begins when organizations are invited to submit applications for the Giving Circle grant. Members of the Giving Circle review the submitted applications and then determine which three organizations will present at the annual Giving Circle reception as finalists.
During this exciting live event, grant finalists present five-minute pitches to the full membership. Based on these pitches, and before the night is over, members vote to determine grant awards. While all finalists will receive grants, only the top finalist will be awarded a $10,000 grant. See what happened in 2023.