lodgic Everyday access grants

 

Lodgic Everyday Access Grants provide free access to Lodgic Kids Camp and Lodgic Workplace. For individuals or organizations, these grants are designed to help someone jumpstart a good idea, provide needed workspace, or free up hard-to-find time for parents. They create opportunity by bridging short-term gaps, aligning with the overall mission of Lodgic to nourish the aspirations of today’s workers, families, parents, children, and businesses. 

 

grant types

  •  FOR INDIVIDUALS 

    1. Lodgic Kids Camp: a one-year enrollment + 25-hrs of free childcare.
    2. Lodgic Workplace Individual: a three-month Workplace Pro membership. 

    FOR ORGANIZATIONS 

    1. Lodgic Workplace Corporate: a three-month, five-person Workplace Pro membership.
    2. Lodgic Workplace Nonprofit Meeting/Event: a free meeting or event space for nonprofits.

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how to apply

  •  Download and fill out this application form. Write a 500-word essay about your aspirations, your motivations and your challenges. How could a Lodgic Everyday Access Grant benefit you, your family, your work, or the Champaign-Urbana community as a whole? Submit it to grants@lodgic.org. 

  • Access Grants Application
  • Download Form PDF
  • APPLICATION AND AWARD SCHEDULE 

    MONTH GRANT TYPE DEADLINE AWARDED
    July 2019 Workplace Individual June 1 June 20
    September 2019 Workplace Corporate August 1 August 20
    November 2019 Kids Camp October 1 October 20
    January 2020 Workplace Individual December 1 December 20
    March 2020 Workplace Corporate February 1 February 20
    May 2020 Kids Camp April 1 April 20

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Q: What are Everyday Access Grants? 
A: Everyday Access Grants provide free access to Lodgic Kids Camp and Lodgic Workplace.

Q: What’s the objective and mission of Everyday Access Grants? 
A: They’re designed to help someone jumpstart a good idea, provide needed workspace, or free up hard-to-find time for parents. They create opportunity by bridging short-term gaps, aligning with the overall mission of Lodgic to nourish the aspirations of today’s workers, families, parents, children, and businesses.

Q: Who can apply? 
A: Individuals or organizations. There are grant categories for both.

Q: How do I apply? 
A: Here at lodgic.org/caring. Write a 500 word essay. Applications will be reviewed bi-monthly.

Q: Why are they called Lodgic Everyday Access Grants? 
A: Because they grant free access to our facilities, resources, amenities, as well as our social, and professional networks.

Q: If I’m awarded a grant, are there expectations on me? 
A: We expect recipients to maximize their grant access and use it. We want our grant members to participate in the Lodgic community the same supportive way that paying members do. Workplace Access Grant recipients may be featured in Lodgic social media.

Q: Do the grants include mentoring or coaching? 
A: Not officially. However the Lodgic membership community provides direct access to a wide variety of professional peers and experts.    

Q: How many grants will be awarded per year?   
A: Six, one every two months.

Q: How often can I apply?   
A: Applicants may apply once per year per grant type. Applications are evaluated from among the pool of applications received for each grant type and award date, and the application pool renews after each grant award. Applications don’t carry over from review to review. If they’re not selected, they are discarded.

Q. Do you evaluate income or need in your grant application considerations?
A: Yes, but only if you decide to include it in your essay. We further recognize that need may not be necessarily financial. We’re also looking for the ways you think an Access Grant may enable you to bolster the community. 

Q: Do I have to demonstrate financial need in order to apply? 
A: Not necessarily. Perhaps you’ve got a good business idea to pursue, but you need other resources— like space for your team to work together. Tell us about it. 

Q: Does Lodgic donate actual grant money— cash to people? 
A: No, rather our Everyday Access Grants are “in-kind.” We don’t make cash donations to outside organizations, nonprofits or charities. Our direct philanthropy funds Mooseheart Child City and School, and the Tommy Moose First Responder program.

Q: For the Workplace Corporate Grant, does my group have to be an official organization or company? 
A: No.

Q: Will my application essay be public or private? 
A: Private. It will be evaluated by only the Everyday Access Grant application review committee.

Q: How are the grants recipients selected and awarded? 
A: The Everyday Access Grant Evaluation Committee reviews and scores each application essay on a 90-point system. We’re not looking for perfection, but we are looking for passion!

Q: Is there a minimum age to apply? 
A: You must be 18 years or older to apply for the Workplace Everyday Access Grants.

Q: Do nonprofit organizations get any discounts at Lodgic?   
A: No. Instead we offer nonprofits one free Workplace meeting or event space rental per year.

Q: How do I reserve my nonprofit organization’s free meeting or event space?
A: No essay application required. See the Workplace Director for details. Some blackout dates apply. Food not included. Good for any Gather Room or Event space up to a half day. May book a maximum of 60-days in advance. Proof of nonprofit 501c3 status required. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Q: When is the first application deadline?   
A: June 1, 2019

 

 

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