The Milford Lions Club Service Foundation will again be accepting applications for grants from the Eunice S. Reed Fund to benefit the Greater Milford Community. Applications may be submitted during January, 2016, and must be postmarked not-later-than 5pm on January 31, 2016. Grant checks will be awarded by late May or early June, 2016. The Milford Lions Club has established this grant program to enable prospective recipients to develop or expand projects of significant benefit to the Greater Milford Community. In 2015, this program awarded grants totaling $67,400 to 21 very deserving organizations.
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 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 Lions Club 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 2015 Reed Fund grant money was divided among the following list of recipients: $1,300 to Banneker Elementary School for Life Skills Program; $5,000 to Milford Police Department for Body Armor; $3,000 to Carlisle Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary; $5,000 to Milford Community Center (Hearts Unlimited) Play Equipment; $4,200 to Church of the Nazarene for Food for the Poor; $2,000 to KSI for Bus Lift; $$2,500 to DE Breast Cancer Coalition for Breast Cancer Presentations;$2,500 to Milford Pop Warner for Trailer & Building Repairs; $2,500 to Milford School District Headstart for Positive Support-Rewarding Students; $2,500 to Milford Parks & Recreation for Scholarships; $1,200 to 100 Men Reading for Reading Materials; $2,500 to Harrington 4-H Club for Service Projects; $1,200 to Milford Community Pantry for Back Pack Program; $4,200 to St. John Church Food Pantry for Food Basics; $3,000 to Milford Little League for New Field; $10,000 to Milford Senior Center for Roof Repair; $5,000 to Mispillion Art League for Scholarships; $1,300 to Morris Early Childhood Center for Materials; $4,000 to People’s Place for Veterans Outreach Programs; $1,500 to Project Healing Waters for Veterans Fly Fishing; $3,000 to Second Street Players for Audio Belt Pack System & Microphones.
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. All applications must be fully completed and signed in order to be considered. Questions on this grant program may be directed to Lion Tom Mehl at 302-424-4789. Organizations can send completed applications to Awards Committee Chairperson , Milford Lions Club Service Foundation, P.O. Box 25, Milford, DE 19963.