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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Future Leaders Professional Advisor Council of the Indian River Community Foundation is inviting county nonprofit organizations that serve local youth to submit grant proposals for programs targeted at children ages 12-18.
The council is a group of emerging leaders who have an interest in charitable giving, estate planning and other philanthropic instruments. The group formed last year and just completed a successful fundraising campaign to establish a charitable fund at the Indian River Community Foundation.
The council chose youth development as the first strategic focus for their funding and spent the summer working with Community Foundation staff to develop the grant guidelines.
"Research shows that successful youth development programs support the healthy development of adolescents," said Shaun Fedder, Board member of the Future Leaders. "Our members are excited to learn how our local nonprofits are supporting youth as they transition from adolescents to adulthood."
The Future Leaders Council will award two grants of $1,750 each in November.
The funds must be expended by May 31, 2013, said Kerry Bartlett, executive director of the Indian River Community Foundation.
"The role of the Community Foundation is to assist the Future Leaders group, or any of our fund holders, through the request, selection and grant funding process," Mrs. Bartlett said.
"Once the grants are awarded, we will continue working with the recipients on behalf of the donor to monitor progress and provide a final report on the outcomes of the funded projects."
The Indian River Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides donors with flexible philanthropic tools to achieve their current and long-term charitable giving goals. The foundation's mission is to build a stronger community through donor-driven philanthropy.
To be eligible for the grant program, nonprofit organizations must have an active profile on the Indian River Community Foundation Nonprofit Knowledge Center before the application due date.
Applications are due Oct. 3 and must be submitted on the Indian River County Funders Forum core grant application, which is available at
To receive the complete request for proposals or for more information, contact Mrs. Bartlett at (772) 492-1407 or visit www.ircommunityfoundation.com.