HURON — Huron Community Foundation has announced its annual grant application period will be open from Feb. 15 to April 1.
Earnings from the foundation’s permanent endowment are used to award grants each year to local civic and charitable groups to improve the quality of life in the community.
Applications must be received via e-mail, which is preferred, or dropped off at the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau office by the April 1 deadline to be considered for this year’s program.
Grant awards will be announced at the 10th annual Canaries baseball game on May 9 at Memorial Park in Huron/ For the 2014 grant year, the foundation has $43,000 available for distribution, a 36 percent increase over 2013.
This year marks the ninth consecutive year an increase in grant awards has been possible due to continuing donations and bequests by community members into the permanent endowment, which is now more than $1.2 million.
Eighty-one grants have been awarded to date, and including this year’s grants the foundation will have returned $195,550 into community projects since the first grants of $9,000 were awarded in 2006.
Grant applications, along with grant guidelines and scoring criteria, are available on the foundation’s Web site, which is www.huroncommunityfoundation.com.
The information is also available by contacting one of the foundation’s board members: Steve Gohn, president; Dr. Michael Fuchs, vice president; Mary Pearson, secretary; Bryan Smith, treasurer; and members Garret Bischoff, David McGirr, Clayton Voegele, Spencer White, Brian Goertz, Jim Murtha, Jason Edleman, Pam Browning, Carolyn Stahl and Alexander Zell, student member. Board member contact information is on the Web site.
The Huron Community Foundation was established in 2004 to improve the long-term quality of life in Huron. In addition to accepting gifts to support general grant distributions, individuals, families and organizations can establish their own “named fund” under the umbrella of the foundation.
Two such funds currently exist: The “Event Center Fund” that is designated for Event Center improvement grants, and the “Wheeler Family Fund” that awards grants to local organizations chosen by Wheeler family members.
For information about making a tax-deductible donation to the endowment, or to learn about establishing a “named fund,” either now or as part of a long-range estate plan, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-0000 to arrange a meeting with a foundation board member.
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