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United Way to give grants of more than $8,000 on behalf of Youth As Resources

On behalf of the Youth As Resources organization, United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties is giving out more than $8,000 in grant dollars this winter to youth-led projects in the Brainerd lakes area.

On behalf of the Youth As Resources organization, United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties is giving out more than $8,000 in grant dollars this winter to youth-led projects in the Brainerd lakes area.

According to United Way Director Jennifer Smith, grants are available for projects that put the ideas and energy of young people to work to address important community needs. Projects must be designed and carried out by young people with adults serving as advisers and have a realistic budget with solid plans. Funding priority will be given to projects that build leadership skills, raise self-esteem, strengthen our community and build relationships between youth and adults. Requests can be up to $1,000.

Any individual or group of youth up to 20 years of age, including youth activity groups, community organizations, religious communities, schools, classrooms and other non-profit organizations who actively engage young people in addressing community challenges and creating positive changes are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to submit applications is Jan. 18, 2016. Visit www.unitedwaynow.org for additional information, including a grant application and application details.

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