The Milford Lions Club Service Foundation is once again accepting applications for grants from the Eunice S. Reed Fund to benefit the Greater Milford Community. Applications may be submitted during January, 2017, and must be postmarked not-later-than 5:00 PM on January 31, 2017. Grant checks will be awarded by late May or early June, 2017.
The Milford Lions Club established this grant program in 2006 to enable prospective recipients to develop or expand projects of significant benefit to the Greater Milford Community. The program is named in honor of Eunice S. Reed, a long-time Milford resident who died in 2004 and left most of her estate to the Milford Lions Club, presumably to continue or increase its civic and public welfare work. The Club developed a plan to use the Reed Fund primarily as a grant program to expand its range of activities by utilizing and supporting other Milford area non-profit organizations.
In 2016 the Reed Fund grant program awarded a total of $64,000 to 17 very deserving organizations. The money was divided among the following recipients: Banneker Elementary School Life Skills Program, Boy Scout Troop 186, Carlisle Fire Company, Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Church of the Nazarine Food Pantry, City of Milford Police Department, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Milford Community Center, Kent-Sussex Industries, Kids First Academy, Milford Senior Center, Mispillion Art League, Milford School District Positive Behavior Support Program, People’s Place, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Second Street Players, and St. John’s Church Food Pantry. The Milford Lions Club is optimistic that these grants will enable progress toward its goal of improving the quality of life in this community.
Grant 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.
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. Send completed applications to: Awards Committee Chairperson, Milford Lions Club Service Foundation, P.O. Box 25, Milford, DE 19963.
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