For several months, a special committee chaired by Chris Johnson has developed a proposed Grants Committee.  This group presented a proposed application process, policy and form to the Board and received full Board support at the February 16th meeting.  Implementation is in process, and a recommendation from the Finance Committee will be proposed in March for specific funds to distribute. This Grants Committee is established on a six-month trial basis, at which time the Board will consider making it a permanent addition to the Club structure. 
The Grants Committee will consider funding requests from non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status, with a completed application that provides details of the purpose for which the funds will be used.  Sponsorship of a Club member is required for application; a five member committee will consider funding requests on a quarterly basis, and make a recommendation to the Board in the following month.
If you have any questions or interest in the process or committee details, feel free to contact Chris Johnson.  More details will be forthcoming in the next several weeks.