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Chesapeake College Library Named Grants Clearinghouse

Friday, October 27, 2006

WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College Learning Resource Center (LRC) was recently named a Cooperating Collection by the Foundation Center, a national clearinghouse for philanthropic information. Currently, Chesapeake is the only designated Cooperating Collection on the Eastern Shore.

Chesapeake College received the designation in October from The Foundation Center, according to Dean of Learning Resources Patricia Cheek. The Foundation Center, established in 1956, is supported by more than 600 foundations. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grants, and offer training programs to advance philanthropy.

"The Eastern Shore is a growing market for non-profit organizations, but the closest resource centers had been in Baltimore or Washington," Cheek said. "While both centers offer wonderful workshops, the trip can be a hardship for many on the Eastern Shore."

Instructional Librarian Ginny Capute just returned from a Foundation Center training seminar in New York City. She was one of the few academic library representatives in the seminar. Most of the participants work for large, public libraries.

"We consider this a community library, so this new role fits right into our mission to help the entire service area, not just Chesapeake College students," Capute said. "The seminar showed me how many sources of grant funding are available to nonprofits and I look forward to sharing this knowledge with area organizations."

While the LRC staff cannot offer assistance with grant applications, employees will advise organizations about how to search for foundations or agencies that offer grant money.

Representatives from area non-profit organizations may attend an introductory workshop at the LRC on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. Participants will learn about to use an online grants´ database and many new print resource guides.

The Chesapeake library will offer additional seminars, some featuring guest speakers, in the future. For more information, please visit the LRC web page at http://www.chesapeake.edu/library. To register for the November 15 workshop, please call 410-827-5860.

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