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Grant Applications to Community Foundation due October 15

Russell County Area Community Foundation LogoThe Russell County Area Community Foundation has announced grant applications are being accepted now through October 15 for the Fund for a Better Russell County Area.

Applicants from qualified non-profit organizations, local government and other organizations with a charitable interest will be considered.

Organizations receiving grants last year were: Natoma Heritage Seekers, USD 407, Deines Cultural Center, Russell County Free Fair, Sunrise Kiwanis, Russell Historical Society, Smoky Hills Public Television, Russell Community Theater, City of Gorham, Summer Kids Intervention Program (SKIP) and the Grassroots Arts Center.

This year, about $30,000 in grants is available through the Fund for a Better Russell County Area. "Funding for these grants comes from the generosity of donors who contribute to the Foundation's unrestricted grant fund," said Angela Muller, Executive Director of the Foundation. "This is a special fund that represents an investment in the future of the Russell County area. Grants support a variety of pressing charitable needs, ranging from education and the arts to historic preservation and beyond," said Muller. Donations to the fund currently receive a 50 percent match through the GROW II endowment challenge sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation.

Grant applications are available online at www.rcacf.net or at the Community Foundation offices at 507 N. Main Street, Russell. For more information, call Angela Muller at 785-445-3611.

The Russell County Area Community Foundation was established in 2001 to create a permanent source of philanthropy to address current and future community needs through grant making and partnerships. Over the years, the Community Foundation and its generous donors have directed more than $1 million to meaningful causes and issues – from the arts and childhood education to historic preservation and hunger relief. They are the largest provider of grants and scholarships in Russell County.

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