Progress Report – Grant Awarded for 501(c)(3)!

Exciting update!

Today I found out that Cupid’s Landing was awarded $400 to pay for the application for 501(c)(3) tax exemption!  Every year, So Delicious Dairy Free hosts a grant contest called the 140 Difference/World’s Shortest Grant.  They have a total of $100,000 to give away in grants and micro grants.  To enter, you must tweet your big idea to @So_Delicious and include #worldsshortestgrant. The types of big ideas they are looking for are those that pertain to environmental sustainability, animal welfare, plant based food, and/or food allergies.   The Cupid’s Landing project fits right in!  So when I found out that the application for 501(c)(3) tax exemption has a $400 fee attached to it, I got on twitter and asked So Delicious for a grant to pay that fee.  This morning I got an email congratulating me for being awarded that grant!

501(c)(3) is a section of the Internal Revenue Code that allows tax exemption to non-profits, specifically charities and private foundations.  Being a registered 501(c)(3) means that those organizations can qualify for certain tax breaks as well as avoiding fees from some services who recognize 501(c)(3)’s.  The biggest thing that it means, though, is that donations are tax deductible for the donor.   I will receive the check from So Delicious in the mail in 4-6 weeks.  I will keep you posted on how the application process goes!

So Delicious is a brand of dairy free products like ice cream, milk, yogurt, etc.  My first experience with the brand was their pomegranate chip ice cream.  I still dream about that ice cream today…it’s bright magenta hue and big shavings of chocolate mixed all the way through.  They make some specialty ice cream products as well, like ice cream sandwiches.  Lately, I have been using their coconut milk in my morning smoothies.  You can find their products almost anywhere.  I highly recommend the brand – give them a try!