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Grants available for community organizations

Grants available from community foundation

The advisory board of the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) is accepting grant applications from organizations within the Staples Motley School District boundaries that will address one or more of the following areas:

• Strengthening youth and families,

• Improving community appearance or,

• Increasing community involvement and leadership.

A limited number of grant funds are available. The maximum amount awarded is 50 percent of the project cost up to $2,000. Completed applications need to be submitted to the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation no later than March 15.

Applicants should submit one original application and one copy to: Staples Motley Community Foundation, PO Box 101, Staples, MN 56479.

The application and grant guidelines are available at

Grant applications may also be submitted online.

Questions can be directed to Mary Theurer at 894-3752. Committee members are available to make presentations to groups to answer questions, if desired.

“The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation is pleased to be able to offer a new round of grants,” said Julie Nelson, SMACF board chair. “We sincerely thank those who have given so generously and made this possible.”

Since its inception in 1999 the foundation has awarded over $120,000 in grant funding to area projects. The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation is a component fund of the Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation serving Central Minnesota.

For more information call 218-894-3752 or visit

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