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2011 Spring Grant Competition Winners Announced

Matt Elli, Chair of the Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF) Distribution Committee, announces the results of the county-wide spring grant competition, which will distribute $31,494 to area organizations and projects.

The Distribution Committee reviewed 39 applications and voted to provide funding to the following nine organizations and projects:

Y-Bridge Arts Festival - $3,000

The PowerHouse of Southeastern Ohio, Inc. - $3,500 for visual arts classes for local students

Big Brothers, Big Sisters - $2,000 for Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program

Yes! Muskingum - $1,500 for Earth Day at Zane’s Landing

Village of South Zanesville - $3,000 for their swimming pool

Frazeysburg Volunteer Fire Department - $4,000 for a defibrillator

Dresden Volunteer Fire Department - $4,000 for replacing 10 sets of firefighter turnout gear

John McIntire Elementary - $494 for two netbook computers

Zane State College - $10,000 for its Advanced Science and Technology Center.

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 education, recreation, visual and performing arts, and neighborhood improvement.

The Distribution Committee of the Community Foundation reviews all applications and recommends the awards. The current members of the Distribution Committee are MCCF Trustees Matthew Elli (Chair), Kristy Szemetylo, Mark Mitchell, Susan Holdren, Jim Lepi, Douglas Ramsay, and Steve Carter; MCCF Council Member Brenton Baker; and community members Eileen Adams, Steve Baldwin, Susan Thompson, and the Rev. Robert Willman.

Applications for the 2012 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 $10 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.

Currently, the Community Foundation is the fiscal agent for the new Muskingum Recreation Center to be constructed on the Ohio University Zanesville Campus.

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