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July 18, 2016
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Nonprofits in the area have the opportunity to apply for a grant from a publisher.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, or HCCP, said last week that it is accepting applications for its charitable giving program from nonprofits based in and serving the Grand Rapids area or Nashville, Tennessee area, where the company is headquartered.

HCCP will be accepting applications until Aug. 12. 

The publisher will select three organizations in the Grand Rapids area and three in the Nashville area as grant recipients.

A spokesperson from HarperCollins said the company is not able to share the value of the grants being offered.

Process

Applicants should fill out and submit an online form, and those that meet the publisher’s criteria will be contacted by the company's committee chair and asked to submit a more formal grant proposal. 

The company's four-phase selection process will take place over a nine-month period.

Funds will not be available for distribution until next July.

"Common good"

HarperCollins said its desire is to partner with organizations that prioritize the following: literacy; providing for the “least of these;” and promoting a Christian worldview.

Additionally, nonprofits must have a statement of faith and belief that is in accord with historic Christian orthodoxy. The organization also must provide resources to its local operating community and its people.

“We desire to contribute to the development of healthy ministries and organizations that both advance God’s kingdom and contribute to the common good of our communities,” HarperCollins said.

The publisher said it seeks to help launch and/or sustain ministries and projects as a “minority partner,” providing funds over a limited time period and in a way that encourages “self-sufficiency and reliance” on the local community.

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