Emergency Relief and Response Fund helps 17 Staples area businesses and nonprofits

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

STAPLES — The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation wrapped up its Emergency Relief and Response fund created in response to COVID-19.

Through the fund, grants of up to $2,000 were given to local businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the pandemic. In total, $27,364.25 was awarded to 17 organizations, according to a news release.

The Emergency Relief and Response Fund was made possible through local donations. A total of $17,670.58 was raised from community organizations and individuals.

“We are overwhelmed by the level of support we received from our neighbors,” stated Katie Heppner, community foundation chair, in the release. “It showcases that we, as a community, have a vested interest in the success of our local small businesses and appreciate the important role that they play in our local economy and our local identity.”

To oversee the grant-making process, the foundation formed a subcommittee to review applications and select grantees. The subcommittee was three representatives from the community foundation, as well as two representatives from the Staples Economic Development Authority and one representative from the community at large.


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