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Moffat fund deadline one week away

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The deadline is fast-approaching to apply for a portion of the $55,000 the Town of Fort Frances will be receiving from the Moffat Family Fund this year.

Clubs, groups, and organizations which help children, families, and the “less advantaged” have until 4 p.m. next Thursday (March 23) to fill out their applications and return them to the Civic Centre.

Deputy clerk Kathy Lawson said this morning that no applications have been submitted so far.

“But I've had lots of inquiries," she noted. "I've had lots of questions.”

Lawson urged community groups, especially those focused on youth, to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

“So many times people are looking for money for their activities. It's there for them,” she stressed.

All applications must be a registered charity and have a charitable number, or be affiliated with a group that has one.

Lawson said groups should keep in mind that second option, which has been used by several applicants over the years.

For instance, the “Friends of the Fort Frances Museum" partnered with a registered charity, the "Friends of the Fort Frances Library,” last year to successfully apply for funds in support of an interactive programming project.

Applications for 2017 are available at the Civic Centre and online at fort-frances.com/town/administration-finance/moffat-family-fund

These can be delivered in person or sent by mail.

Examples of some of the successful applicants in recent years include Kiwanis Sunny Cove Camp, Fort Frances Community Garden and Kids' Club, the Salvation Army, KidSport, St. Mary's Church youth camp, Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, Friends of Kids Sports, 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron, Rainy River District Community Policing Committee, and the Fort Frances Judo Club.

Past successful applicants are welcome to apply again this year.

Organizations from outside Fort Frances, whose activities do not have a direct benefit to town residents, are not eligible.

After the March 23 deadline, the local Moffat Fund committee, which is an advisory committee to town council, will review the applications, choose recipients, and forward those selections on to the Winnipeg Foundation for approval.

The Foundation will make its final approvals by late May or early June.

Successful applicants then will be contacted and likely will receive their share of the $55,000 during a council meeting in July.

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