By Edwin Crayton/Opinion
In the past year, the public and even a few of its own board members have asked the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation (NCIF) to increase the amount of money it gives in grants and scholarships. Well you could say their prayers were answered on April 9, 2019 at the second quarterly meeting when NCIF voted to increase grants in the next cycle to $51,000. Contrast that to past years where NCIF which has 1.8 million to distribute to the public has given just $28,000 total in grants yearly. The grants and scholarships will be given in three areas: economic development, education and recreation. Additionally, the foundation voted to increase scholarships from $6,000 to $12,000. At the meeting, I mentioned that I wish they were giving more—like $100,000 yearly, considering the tremendous needs of this area. Yet, I also acknowledged to the board that it was a step forward.
Those interested can get information by writing the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation, P.O. Box 606, Natchitoches, LA 71458. Applications will be due June 14, 2019.
“Freely you have been given, freely give” –Jesus in Matthew 10:8