During a meeting Tuesday, the committee set Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. as the deadline for letters to be submitted to Bradley County legislative assistant Amy Moore.
The grants are open to local governmental or state agencies, nonprofits and religious organizations, according to grant application information.
Applicants will be required to outline how their proposed construction project fills a need in the community. The packet will also be required to include “detailed project budget listing all revenues and expenses associated with the project, (the) organization’s year-to-date budget (and) list of current board members,” according to the application.
The letters will be reviewed by committee members and those judged to be in line with the committee’s guidelines and vision will be recommended for approval.
Committee member Pat Cawood stressed the importance of interested organizations filling out the application. Applications that are not completely filled out cannot be considered.
Committee chairman Lisa Stanberry said she had already received some questions about when grants would be available. Stanberry said committee members need to have their comments on the proposed projects to Moore by Jan. 7.
The grants will be paid from funding available from the 2012 grant cycle with projects being completed in 2013. Grant recipients will have a year to complete the project with the option to apply for a one-year extension.
The amount of funding available is still unsure. The committee expects to have $105,000 for the grants, if the Bradley County Commission approves moving $35,000 of unused funding from a clean water grant to general grant funding. Committee member and 4th District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe said he thought the Commission would approve moving the money. Grants will be rewarded regardless of whether the change was made or not. The Commission will vote on moving the money during its meeting Monday.
Letters of intent can be mailed to Moore at P.O. Box 1167, Cleveland TN 37364 or hand delivered to 155 Ocoee St., Cleveland TN 37311.