Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fillmore County Foundation Announces Grant Recipients


The Fillmore county Foundation board met on September 8, 2015 in Shickley at the Shickley Cafe.  Twelve members of the Board were present.

Committee meetings began at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the Board of Directors meeting.  The Publicity Committee, Fine Arts Committee, Grants Committee, and Scholarship Committee all gave reports of activities since the last meeting. 

The Fillmore County Foundation acts as a pass through for specific causes or fundraisers, thereby making donations from individual’s tax deductible.  The Foundation has served in this capacity numerous times.   When the Foundation accepts earmarked funds or acts as a pass through a minimum project size is required.

Currently the Fillmore County Foundation board consists of 29 Fillmore County residents selected from throughout the County. One new Board member, Holli Lovegrove, was elected at the Fall meeting. Scott Oliva is the current President of the Fillmore County Foundation.

The grants that were approved at the September meeting were for:  Fillmore County Coalition, Fillmore County Development Corporation, Fillmore Central Backpack Program, Fillmore Central Teammates, Geneva Rotary coat drive, The Christmas Store (Good Beginnings), Exeter United Methodist Church for Joey Bartu’s Eagle project. 

The Fillmore County Foundation was founded in June of 1983 and since its inception it has been dedicated to the future and honoring the pioneer spirit by encouraging social, cultural and educational progress in Fillmore County.  During the nearly 30 plus years of the Foundation nearly $2 million has gone back to the Fillmore County citizens in the form of community projects and scholarships.
Awards are granted in March and September of each year.  Individuals interested in applying for assistance for projects or with questions about the grant program may contact Scott Oliva at 629.4446.  Applications are available approximately one month prior to each meeting.  The next application period will be during the month of February 2016 for consideration at the March meeting. 

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