The Community Foundation’s annual competitive grant program opens for area not-for-profits on March 1, and to prepare applicants it will host six grant workshops. The workshops will be in Hannibal, Carthage, Ill., Quincy, Ill., Pittsfield, Ill., Canton, and online via webinar.

The Community Foundation’s annual competitive grant program opens for area not-for-profits on March 1, and to prepare applicants it will host six grant workshops. The workshops will be in Hannibal, Carthage, Ill., Quincy, Ill., Pittsfield, Ill., Canton, and online via webinar.

Charitable organizations interested in seeking grant funds from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri’s annual competitive grant program are invited to attend one of six workshops. Workshops in Quincy, Pittsfield and Canton will take place in a computer lab setting, where attendees will have a hands-on opportunity with the online grant application software. The events are free and open to the public.

The schedule is:

• 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main,  Hannibal.

• 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Carl Sandburg College, 305 Sandburg Drive, Carthage, Ill.

• 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday, March 5, at John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48th St., Learning Center Room B108, Quincy, Ill.

• Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at John Wood Community College Southeast Education Center, 39637 26th Ave., Room 115, Pittsfield, Ill.

• 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Culver-Stockton College, 1 College Hill, Carl Johann Memorial Library Room 303A, Canton.

• 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Webinar. Register online at www.mycommunityfoundation.org/competitive-grants

The goal is to educate not-for-profit organizations on the Community Foundation’s annual competitive grant program and prepare them to submit an online application.

The two-hour sessions will be presented in two parts. Participants can attend one or both parts of the workshop. Part one, held the first hour of each workshop, will provide an overview of the 2018 competitive grant program, funds available and a review of the grant criteria and timeline. Part one is designed for both new and returning grant applicants. Part two, held the second hour of each workshop, will provide in-depth information on completing the online application form and is designed for new applicants and those needing a refresher course on how to apply for Community Foundation grants.

Registration is required for workshops in Quincy, Pittsfield and Canton, as computer lab space is limited. Registration is encouraged, but not required for the workshops in Hannibal and Carthage. Please call the Community Foundation at 217-222-1237 or email grants@mycommunityfoundation.org to register. When registering, please indicate if special accommodations or accessibility requirements are needed for the session you plan to attend.