Time to apply for Rotary grants

~Club will disburse more than $40,000 in auction proceeds

The Rotary Club of Jefferson is now accepting applications for grants from the proceeds of its 2017 charity auction.

For the past 18 years, the club has directed proceeds from its annual charity auction to worthy non-profit organizations and projects throughout Greene County. More than $400,000 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 $40,000 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.

“I was humbled by the generosity of our donors and attendees of this year’s auction. We are all truly blessed to live in Greene County,” said Adam Pedersen, Rotary past president and chair of the 2017 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.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 26, for consideration.

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

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

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