NORWAY – Ann Morton, Oxford County Fund chairwoman, Maine Community Foundation, will be the speaker at the Friday, Jan. 20, meeting of the Oxford Hills GrantsNet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Child Health Center.

The fund was established in 1997 with an anonymous gift; an unrestricted fund dedicated to Oxford County. Twice a year, income from the fund is awarded to innovative projects.

During the last funding cycle, the Oxford County Committee received 13 applications requesting $114,800 and recommended awards for 23 percent of proposals totaling more than $10,000. The average grant size was $3,400.

The Oxford Hills GrantsNet, formed in 2003, is a project of the Growth Council of Oxford Hills. Increasingly, funding sources are requiring nonprofit organizations and community groups to collaborate on programs and proposals.

The Oxford Hills GrantsNet provides a forum for grant writers and other nonprofit staff to get together and share ideas, resources and knowledge to develop stronger programs for the community and bring more money into the area.

GrantsNet meets monthly from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Friday (people can bring a bag lunch). Meeting formats include speakers from the nonprofit community, round table discussions and networking.

An e-mail listserv for participants also enables on-line resource sharing and technical assistance. For more information, contact Barb Deschenes at 743-8830, ext. 130, or [email protected]

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