Saturday, July 26, 2014

Applicants sought for Moffat Fund

For the 11th-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 youth and families.
As such, the local Moffat Family Fund committee is putting out the call for applications for suitable ways to distribute $37,500 to worthwhile causes this year.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to start submitting their requests for a portion of that funding, along with supporting rationale.
Committee member Coun. John Albanese urged eligible groups to apply.
“There’s criteria and they have to qualify, but it’s easy to apply,” he remarked, adding applicants only have to meet the proper criteria.
For example:
•funding proposals must benefit children, families, and the “less advantaged”;
•organizations from outside Fort Frances, whose activities do not have a direct benefit to residents of Fort Frances, will not be considered;
•charitable numbers should be included with submissions;
•those who have received funding for their project from any other sources should mention that in their application; and
•applications should be limited to two-five pages.
“A lot of time, we try to spread the wealth to the many, many clubs that are struggling, trying to get money,” noted Coun. Albanese.
“They should be non-profit clubs that do good things for the community, for the people in the community,” he added.
Groups that have received funding in the past are welcome to apply again this year.
Past recipients have ranged from the United Native Friendship Centre and Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron #908 to the Salvation Army and Fort Frances Lions Club.
Projects have ranged from new playground equipment and the Hallowe’en “glow stick” program to food for soup kitchens and the “What Hooks You Here?” community rug-hooking piece.
Coun. Albanese said he’s glad to see the town keeps getting funding in order to pass it on to groups that help make the community a better place to live.
“Money is tight all over, and the little incentives they get from the Moffat Fund lets a club do things for people, young and old,” he noted.
“It’s a good thing,” he added. “As long as the money is there, we’ll make sure the clubs get something.”
Information packages are available at the Civic Centre or by calling 274-5323.
Applications have to be submitted by Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
The local Moffat Family Fund committee then will meet to review the applications and decide which recipients get what.
Those selections then will be forwarded to the Winnipeg Foundation for final approval.
Recipients likely will receive their share of the $37,500 in late spring/early summer.

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