Approximately $100,000 will be available for the 2013 grant cycle of the Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

A public training session is Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Decorah Public Library. It is critically important for anyone who wishes to apply to attend this session.

One significant change for the 2013 process is the switch from paper to electronic application submissions.

"This is a big change, not only for applicants but grant committee members too," said Dave Riha, distribution committee co-chair.

"We anticipate a smooth transition and expect the online method to streamline the entire process for everyone involved."

Training session attendees will hear from Tom Wickersham, program director for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Wickersham will lead a step-by-step online training of the entire process. Question-and-answer time will also be allotted. Guests may bring laptops, but is not necessary.

WCCF grant deadline is Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at midnight. The Distribution Committee will look favorably upon programs, projects and organizations that contribute, in a significant way, to improve the quality of life for residents of Winneshiek County. Grant requests should fit into one of the following categories: health, human services, education, environment, arts and culture, community affairs and development, and historic preservation.

Grant applications and guidelines are available online at www.winneshiekccf.org (click "Grants") or information may be obtained at the Visitors Center located at 507 W. Water Street, Decorah.

For additional information, contact the WCCF administrative assistant, Brenda Balk at 563-382-2023 or email brenda@visitdecorah.com. Questions can also be directed to CFNEIA's Tom Wickersham at 319-287-9106 or twickersham@cfneia.org.