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MCCF Announces Spring Grant Competition Winners

The Muskingum County Community Foundation announces the results of its county-wide spring grant competition, awarding $28,850 to area organizations and projects.

Nonprofit organizations with a vision for the future of our community and a commitment to improving our quality of life are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Foundation's general fund. Applicants must be organizations that serve Muskingum County. Neighborhood groups, arts groups, social services organizations, educational institutions, economic development committees and youth groups are examples of those who may apply. The Foundation's areas of focus for this grant cycle were community recreation, education, arts, and culture.

The Community Foundation's Distribution Committee reviewed 56 applications and voted to provide funding to the following ten organizations and projects:

-Y Bridge Arts Festival: $3,000 for equipment for the festival
-Rosecrans Pool: $4,000 for underwater lighting replacement
-Muskingum Family YMCA: $3,560 for Summer Day Camp Field Trips and $1,440 for improvements to the big barn at Park Central
-Frazeysburg Community Library: $1,900 for furniture and library supplies
-Zanesville Memorial Concert Band: $5,000 for Southeastern Ohio Musical Heritage Project
-New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District: $1,500 for a Book Club for students grades 3-5
-South Zanesville Pool: $3,000 for pool maintenance and staffing
-The Lifewell @ 907 W. Main : $2,000 for rent and staffing
-Village of Dresden: $3,000 for electric service to Muskingum River Park area
-Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center: $450 for riding programs

The Distribution Committee of the Community Foundation reviews all applications and recommends the awards. The current members of the Distribution Committee are Chair Matthew Elli, MCCF Trustees Robert O. Joseph, Kristy Szemetylo, Steve Carter, Jim Lepi, Dr. Douglas Ramsay, and Mark Mitchell, MCCF Foundation Council Member Brenton Baker and the following five community representatives: Steve Baldwin, Eileen Adams, Susan Holdren, Susan Thompson, and Sherry Ziemer.

Applications for the 2011 grant competition will become available in early February, after the Foundation's annual Groundhog Day Celebration which benefits the Foundation's general fund. MCCF will make a public announcement when the grant application and guidelines become available.

The Muskingum County Community Foundation has given more than $8 million in grants to local charities since 1988. These grants are made possible by people who want to make a difference in our community through charitable giving as they live and through their estates.

For more information on the Muskingum County Community Foundation, please visit or call (740) 453-5192. Visitors to the website can sign up for regular e-mail updates about Foundation events and projects, as well as donate to one of the Foundation's nearly 300 charitable funds.

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