Lions Accepting Applications For Reed Fund

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2014 Reed Fund recipients.
2014 Reed Fund recipients.

The Milford Lions Club Service Foundation will accept applications during January 2015 for grants from the Eunice S. Reed Fund, to benefit the Greater Milford Community. 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.

The 2014 Reed Fund grant money was divided among the following list of recipients: Banneker Elementary School Life Skills Classroom to support a program for special needs children; Boy Scout Troop 186 for camping and food preparation equipment, class-B uniforms, and camperships to support significant new growth; Carlisle Fire Company for 8 tablet computers to be used in Fire Company vehicles; Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for upgrading the 20 plu year old fire-hall kitchen equipment; Church of the Nazarine for their food mission for homeless and needy individuals; Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for two Multicultural Breast Health Forums to be held in the Milford area; Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company for two specialized computers to be used in ambulances; Family Outreach Multipurpose Community Center for an after-school program for disadvantaged youth; Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club for providing care-packages and projects for patients at Milford area health-care facilities; Home of the Brave Foundation for providing a transitional housing facility for female veterans and their children; Milford Community Pantry for food and hygiene items to be distributed to needy families; Milford Housing Development Corporation to purchase and rehabilitate an old building to provide homeless housing; Milford Pop Warner to replace equipment and medical kits, to build a storage shed, and for registration fees for needy youth.; Milford Senior Center to replace damaged and worn-out tables; Mispillion Art League for in-house and offsite art classes and a need-based art scholarship program; People’s Place to provide transportation for area veterans and their families to health-care facilities; Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to help support a program of therapy for disabled veterans; Second Street Players to fix a severe moisture and water problem in the theatre’s crawl space and St. John’s Church Food Pantry to maintain its food program for the needy.

“The Milford Lions Club is extremely pleased and proud to be able to provide support for these worthy organizations. They address a broad cross section of the community’s civic and public welfare needs,” stated Lion Tom Mehl. “A primary goal of the Milford Lions Club is to improve the quality of life in this community, and the Club is optimistic that the grants will provide a meaningful step toward achieving that goal.”

Eligible applicants include schools and other youth organizations, non-profit organizations, public welfare organizations, environmental groups and civic associations. 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. The cutoff for applications is 5 pm, Saturday, January 31, 2015. Grants will be awarded prior to June 30, 2015.