Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:15 PM by Shannon Davis
Updated: Feb 20, 2013 7:35 AM
ANACONDA - The Anaconda Community Foundation will be awarding their first set of grants for 2013 in March.
"We've been giving grants since 2008, and we've totaled so far we've been able to give away $135,000, which is amazing," said Gloria O'Rourke, executive director for the Anaconda Community Foundation.
The foundation awarded 13 grants throughout the Anaconda community last year. Lincoln Elementary School received the largest grant of $10,000, which bought new playground equipment.
"It was a critical need because Lincoln is one of our main elementary schools, and several of our schools have closed or even been demolished," O'Rourke said.
Applicants must state a critical need for a grant and how many people the grant would impact.
"As a nonprofit we can only give grants to other nonprofits," O'Rourke said. "We can't give to an individual, we can't give to, and this is kind of interesting, something that would be a conflict of interest in the community. We can't give to any discriminatory type organizations. We can't give to most religious organizations, so really the purpose is to give to a non-profit."
The number of grants and the amounts that are awarded varies based on the need within the community.
Applications can be found at www.anacondacommunityfoundation.org. The application deadline is March 15. Winners will be announced on March 21. Gloria O'Rourke can be reached at 563-5259.