Approximately $100,000 will be available for the 2014 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. 13, at 6 p.m. at T-Bock's Underground (lower level meeting room) in Decorah.

Training session attendees will hear from Angie Shaffer, program associate for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Shaffer will lead a step-by-step training of the entire process. Question and answer time will also be allotted.

"Last year our organization transitioned from paper to electronic application submissions," said Dave Riha, grant distribution committee chair.

"It was a smooth transition and definitely streamlined the entire process for everyone involved; however there is still a learning curve so it is important for anyone who wishes to apply to attend the training session."

WCCF grant deadline is Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. 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 will be available online at www.winneshiekccf.org (click "Grants") or information may be obtained at the Visitor's Center located at 507 W. Water St. in Decorah.

For additional information please contact the WCCF Administrative Assistant, Brenda Luzum at 563-382-2023 or email brenda@visitdecorah.com. Questions can also be directed to CFNEIA's Angie Shaffer at 319-287-9106 ext. 18 or ashaffer@cfneia.org.