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Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications

Doug Eidahl, president, Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation, announces that the foundation is now accepting grant applications, which are due by April 13.

Doug Eidahl, president, Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation, announces that the foundation is now accepting grant applications, which are due by April 13.

To apply for a grant, it is necessary to complete an application, which is available on the Chamber of Commerce website at mitchellchamber.com; or PO Box 1087, Attn: Kimberly Lofgren, Mitchell, SD, 57301; by phoning Kimberly at the Chamber office, 996-1140; or by sending an e-mail to kimberly@mitchellchamber.com .

Guidelines call for applications to reflect the general purpose of the community foundation by providing support to a broad range of activities such as charitable and educational programs; scientific and social research; care of the needy; improvement of social services and educational facilities; prevention and alleviation of social ills; encouragement of the arts; and protection of the environment. Grants are generally made within the categories of Human Services; Community Affairs and Development; Education; Health; Arts and Humanities; and Environment. Complete information regarding the grant proposal guidelines is available at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Approximately $31,000 is available to fund grant requests to be awarded in April. The board hopes to expand its donor base and "Move Mitchell Forward" by increasing the endowed funds and thereby increasing the amount available for future grant requests.

The board will not consider grants from unrestricted funds for sectarian religious purposes, endowments, political advocacy projects, telephone solicitations or national fundraising efforts.

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Projects and organizations that have received grants in the past several years include the Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Mitchell High School show choir, Abbott House, Mitchell Christian School, Mitchell YWCA, Weekend Snack Pack, Junior Achievement, Davison Hanson Red Cross, Love Feast, Mitchell Area Historical Society, First Circuit CASA, Life-Quest, Special Olympics, the Mitchell Community Scholarship Fund, Mitchell Gymnastics and others.

The Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation was formed in 1985 to create a convenient and reliable means for individuals or companies to make lasting contributions to areas of need in Mitchell and the surrounding area. Members of the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation Board include President Doug Eidahl, Vice President Tona Rozum, Treasurer Bonny Hansen, Secretary Gwenda Koch, Mike Vehle, John Clarke, Trudy Morgan, Dan Allen, Jean Koehler, Jay Tolsma, Dave Muth and Geri Beck.

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