Applications available for Rotary grants

Club will disburse more than $30,000 in auction proceeds

The Rotary Club of Jefferson is now accepting applications for grants from the proceeds of its 2016 charity auction.

For the past 17 years, the club has directed proceeds from its annual charity auction to worthy non-profit organizations and projects throughout Greene County. More than $360,000 has been aimed at helping schools, libraries, community organizations and other entities make improvements and services that benefit the county’s quality of life.

Rotary anticipates making grants to local projects totaling more than $30,000 this year.

These grants are possible because of the generous support of many donors and supporters in the county and elsewhere that contribute year after year to the success of the annual auction. The auction not only raises needed funds for worthy projects but is also an evening of fellowship and entertainment.

“Jefferson Rotary serves as the catalyst with the staging of the auction, but this is about the generosity of our community. It is traditional; people helping people,” said John Brunow, Rotary past president and chair of the 2016 auction.

The application process is open to non-profit organizations whose programs or projects benefit others in the areas of peace, conflict resolution and other social issues; fighting disease and promoting health; providing clean water/environmental issues; economic and community development; and youth/education and literacy.

“I am looking forward to reading the applications and learning what people and their organizations see as the needs of our communities,” Brunow added.

Organizations are not required to have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation. Applications, policies and guidelines can be obtained online at or at the Greene County Chamber office, Iowa State University Extension – Greene County office, the Jefferson and Churdan public libraries, Home State Bank, and Peoples Trust & Savings Bank locations throughout the county.

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