Lions Club Grant Funds Available

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The Milford Lions Club Service Foundation is accepting applications during January 2013 for grants from the Eunice S. Reed Fund to benefit the Greater Milford Community. The cutoff for applications is 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 31, 2013. Grants will be awarded prior to June 30, 2013. The Milford Lions Club has established this grant program to enable prospective recipients to develop or expand innovative projects of significant benefit to the Greater Milford Community.

The Reed Fund was established by the Milford Lions Club in 2006 to advance the wishes of a long-time Milford resident, Eunice S. Reed, to give back to the community she and her husband had lived in for so long. Upon her death, Eunice Reed left most of her estate to the Milford Lions Club to carry out its civic and public-welfare work. The Club plans to use the Reed Fund, in addition to its traditional community service projects, to help fund other worthwhile organizations in need of support or start-up money. It is expected that the Club will be able to continue this level of support well into the future.

Requests for a minimum of $5,000 by organizations are preferred, however smaller amounts will be considered. This is a matching program, with grant recipients required to provide at least 10% of total project funding, unless in the judgment of the Awards Committee the project merits waiver of this requirement. The application letter must include the purpose of the project, the amount being requested, how the funds are to be spent, and a schedule for completion of the project.

In 2012 the following grants were received and accepted by the Milford Lions Club Service Foundation: $5,000 to Calvary Café & Community Clothes Closet for support of homeless and needy youth; $2,000 to the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford for Riverwalk Festival fireworks; $4,000 to Circle of Light for support of homeless; $2,000 to Downtown Milford for Augusta sculptures; $1,700 to GFWC New Century Club for historic building repairs; $2,000 to Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after-school creative arts program; $8,000 to Home of the Brave for establishing a female-veterans shelter; $6,800 to Milford Community Pantry to meet increased needs for food and hygiene items; $2,000 to Milford High School Football for concussion-reducing helmets; $3,000 to Milford High School Motivational Mentoring Program to support additional growth; $3,000 to Milford High School Santa’s Workshop to continue the program; $2,000 to Milford Little League for facilities improvements; $4,700 to Milford Middle School Corner Store to provide clothing for needy students; $4,000 to Milford School District / Milford Police Department for an anti-bullying program; $5,000 to Milford Senior Center for security and a new ice machine; $2,000 to Mispillion Art League for art scholarships; and $2,000 to People’s Place for counseling of needy adults.

Eligible applicants include schools and other youth organizations, non-profit organizations, public welfare organizations, environmental groups, civic associations, etc.. Cooperative partnerships involving multiple parties, including private industry are also welcome to apply. Grants will be awarded to applicants whose projects, in the judgment of the Milford Lions Club, will be most beneficial to this community. Application forms are available on the Milford Lions Club website, www.milfordlions22d.com, or from members of the Milford Lions Club. Return completed applications to: Awards Committee Chairperson, Milford Lions Club Service Foundation, P.O. Box 25, Milford, DE 19963.