CoBank Sharing Success Grant
One of the most unique programs Victory Electric participates in is the CoBank Sharing Success Grant Program. The annual Sharing Success grant opportunity, capped at $10,000, is made possible by Victory’s governing board of trustees, in partnership with CoBank – a national nonprofit cooperative bank owned by the rural American cooperatives it services, including Victory.
This year, CoBank established a $3 million fund to match charitable contributions made by its cooperative members. The matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country. CoBank states that partnering with their customers to support worthy causes they care about is a great way for them to make a positive difference and fulfill its mission of service to rural America.
“Thanks to our board of trustees and CoBank, the Sharing Success Grant enables Victory Electric to give back to the communities we serve,” Laws said.
2016 was the fifth year Victory has awarded “Sharing Success” grants to local non-profits. Applicants must be federally recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The Bucklin Library received a $10,000 grant in 2012 to help fund the construction of their new library building. In 2013, the Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Dodge City was awarded $10,000. The project funded in 2014 was the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma for their “Suits in Space” exhibit. In 2015, local shelter and food bank, the Manna House, was awarded the grant to repair and upgrade their facilities. And just last year, the Depot Theater Company was presented the grant to help purchase a new lighting control system for the theater.
If your non-profit organization is interested in applying for the CoBank Sharing Success Grant, please download the application and submit to Victory Electric no later than August 31, 2017.