Milford Lions Grants Available 2018

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The 2017 Eunice Reed Fund Award winners.

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, 2018, and must be postmarked not-later-than 5:00 PM on January 31, 2018. Grant checks will be awarded by late May or early June, 2018. 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 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 2017 the Reed Fund grant program awarded a total of $64,600 to 18 very deserving organizations. The money was divided among the following recipients: Camp Abilities Delaware, Carlisle Fire Company, Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, City of Milford Police Department, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Delmarva Clergy United in Social Action Foundation, Frederica Senior Center, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Hearts Unlimited / Milford Community Center, Milford Central Academy, Milford Parks and Recreation, Milford Senior Center, Milford High School Santa’s Workshop, Milford – Slaughter Neck Youth Council #2715, Milford Second Street Players, Mispillion Art League, People’s Place II, and St. John’s Church Food Pantry. The Milford Lions Club has seen progress from many of the above organizations in 2017 toward our mutual goal of improving the quality of life in this community. It is expected that the total funds available for grants in 2018 will be approximately equal to the 2017 total.

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 Reed Fund 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. Applications must be fully completed, signed, and mailed by the deadline in order to be considered. Questions on the grant program may be directed to Lion Tom Mehl at 302-424-4789. Send completed applications to the following address: Awards Committee Chairperson; Milford Lions Club Service Foundation; P.O. Box 25; Milford, DE 19963.

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