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Community fund still calling for suggestions

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After receiving notice it will be getting even more money than last year from the Moffat Family Fund, the Fort Frances Community Fund is looking for some ideas as to how to divvy up more than $56,000.

But any local individuals, groups, or service clubs looking to get a piece of that pie to pay for projects to help children and families in Fort Frances will have to act fast as the deadline to apply for funding is next Tuesday (April 15).

Fort Frances CAO Bill Naturkach, who heads the community fund committee first struck up last year to disperse the funds, said the flow of applications so far has been a “trickle.”

“I’ve got a few. We received 14 or so last time, so it’s a little surprising,” he remarked. “I’m hopeful more will come in before the deadline.”

With the call for applications made back on March 14, Naturkach noted it’s unlikely the deadline will be extended if no more come in.

He’s aiming to compile all the application information that comes in and distribute it to the rest of the committee members before the Easter weekend so they have time to read through it all before their April 21 meeting.

The committee will choose its submissions later this month or in May, with funds being dispersed in the summer.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit their requests, which can run between four-six pages and must include a specific dollar amount and the rationale behind it (as well as charitable numbers for organizations), before 2 p.m. on April 15.

These can be addressed and delivered to: Town of Fort Frances, Attn: B. Naturkach, Administrator, 320 Portage Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3P9.

They also can be faxed to 274-8479, or sent via e-mail to bfn@fort-frances.lakeheadu.ca

An information package is available upon request by writing to the above address or by phoning the information desk at the Civic Centre (274-5323).

Last year, the town received $33,000 from the Winnipeg Foundation.

  The local committee reviewed 14 submissions, with the selected recipients being the Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron, Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving, Fort Frances Museum, Friends of Little League Baseball, Fort Frances Toy Lending Resource Centre, Planned Out-of-Home Respite program, the Salvation Army after-school kids’ club, and the Benevolent Order of Elks.

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