Grants available to nonprofits serving the needy

Ann Land and Bertha Henschel grant applications

Grants available to nonprofits; applications due Wednesday, Oct. 22

Grant guidelines and application forms for the City’s Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund are now available. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, in the Parks and Recreation Office, City Hall, 915 I Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Eligibility criteria, application forms and frequently asked questions about grants from the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund are available online at the City’s website on the Parks and Recreation Publications webpage.

For the 2015 funding year, up to $125,000 will be available through a competitive grant process. To provide assistance to applicants, last year’s average award was $7,350. The Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Commission reviews applications and makes its allocations at its annual funding meeting on Wednesday, Nov.19, at 9 a.m. in the City of Sacramento’s Council Chambers, City Hall, 915 I Street. Any non-profit agency submitting a grant application is required to attend the Commission’s annual funding meeting. Failure to attend will result in disqualification.

Applicants must submit one original application. Postmarks are not acceptable as a substitute for delivery by the deadline and no faxes or e-mails will be accepted.

The Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund was established in 1914 with a bequest of $200,000 to the City by former Mayor William Land as a memorial to his mother, Ann Land. In 1952, Bertha Henschel bequeathed $275,000 to the City to establish a fund in her name. Additional contributions to these funds have been made by Emma Hotfilter, Annie Zacariah and Warren Reed.

Each year, interest from these bequests/contributions may be distributed to non-profit organizations. The City Council appoints community members to the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund Commission to review and allocate grant monies to qualified non-profit agencies who provide “direct aid and assistance of the destitute men, women, and children of the City of Sacramento”.

For more information please contact Barbara Smith, Support Staff to the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Commission,, (916) 808-5762.

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