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Town seeking applicants for Moffat Fund

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For the seventh-straight year, the Town of Fort Frances will be receiving money from the Moffat Family Fund to hand out to local groups and service clubs with the aim of helping youths and families.

Fort Frances once again has been selected to receive $43,750 in funds to be redistributed to local worthwhile causes, with individuals and organizations now being encouraged to start submitting requests for a portion of that funding along with supporting rationale.

Keep in mind, however, that organizations from outside Fort Frances, whose activities do not have a direct benefit to town residents, will not be considered.

Information packages are available at the Civic Centre or by calling 274-5323. Applications have to be submitted by Friday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

As in previous years, non-profit organizations are welcome to apply, but must keep in mind that funding proposals have to benefit children, families, and the “less advantaged.”

Applications should be limited to two-five pages, and include the respective organizations’ charitable numbers.

After the March 6 deadline, the local Moffat Fund committee will choose recipients and forward those selections on to the Winnipeg Foundation for approval this spring.

Those recipients likely will receive their share of the $43,750 in late spring or early summer.

Last July, a total of $54,000 in Moffat Foundation grant awards were presented to 10 successful applicants.

The local Salvation Army received $11,100 for its Responsible Parents Breakfast Program while the Fort Frances Lions Club got $10,000 to help pay for a walkway for handicapped children, seniors, and the general public to enable them to reach the washroom facility at the Lions Park independently, as well as enjoy the fountain and all other facilities there.

The United Native Friendship Centre received $8,000 for a music program for children and their families while the Northwestern Health Unit received $4,000 for its car seat donor program. The Fort Frances Curling Club received $3,000 for promotion of its “L’il Rockers” junior and Bantam curling programs, and the Fort Frances Museum got $4,400 to buy backpacks containing materials designed for students and families to interact with museum exhibits and encourage experiences beyond the museum walls into the community.

The Fort Frances Aquanauts got $5,000 to purchase instructional training materials for coaches, including DVDs and reference books, and training equipment for coaching.

The 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron got $2,500 to put towards various activities while the Fort Frances Highlanders received $3,000 to purchase loaner bagpipes for student bagpipers.

Finally, the Women’s Health Symposium 2008 got $3,000 to help pay for its symposium.

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