Foundations approve $38,000 in local grants

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By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Local Foundation Announces Grant Awards

More than $38,000 in grant funds were awarded last week to area organizations from three local foundations. The funds came from the Benson Area Community Foundation, the Galen Hanson Donor Advised Fund and the Robert Sonsteng Donor Advised Fund.

At their joint June 12 meeting, the boards approved funding to 13 applicants who had applied for financial assistance.

 “Typically, the foundation limits its awards to no more than 50 percent of an organization’s total project estimated costs,” Chuck Koenigs secretary-treasurer of the Benson Area Community Foundation said. “In the present round of grant awards, we received requests totaling $59,680 but we only had about $38,195 to give.”

Those receiving funds and the awards were:

Receiving funding this cycle were the following organizations:

- Benson Public Schools – Sports Scoreboard Promotion - $2,500;

- Heartland Girls Ranch – Live School program - $1,580;

- Prairie Five Community Action – Senior Dining Program - $5,000;

- Scandi Haven Village – Scofield Unit Updates - $2,000;

- Scandi Haven Village – Arts and Cultural Opportunities - $500;- Scandi Haven Village – Ipad Acquisition - $300;

- Benson Public Schools – Braves Way PBIS Program - $2,000;

- Swift County Food Shelf – Food Shelf - $5,000;

- Trinity Lutheran Church – TEAM Promise Program - $3,750;

- Benson Fire Department – Fire Fighting Personal Protective Equipment - $5,500;

- Benson Public Schools – Chromebook Technology - $2,500;

- City of Danvers – Danvers Park Improvement - $500; and

- Benson Public Schools – Northside Recreation Area Improvements - $7,000

This is the 21st round of grants awarded by the local foundations. The initial period of grant making took place in 2007 and since that time $264,844 has been awarded.

It is anticipated that the three foundations will take another round of applications for grants in the fall with the grants announced in the spring.

The Benson Area Community Foundation (BACF) is a public, 501c3 non-profit charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefits of residents in the area of Benson, Clontarf, Danvers and DeGraff – the geographic area encompassed by the Benson School District...

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