SWEET HOME — The 2015 Alice Blazer Community Grants were presented on April 23 at the Sweet Home Police Department training room. 

The grants are dispersed by the Sweet Home Community Foundation, which was formed in 1997 and provides annual funding to local organizations for a wide variety of projects that help make lasting improvements in the community.

Grants are awarded in the following categories:  children and families; education; livability and arts and culture. 

“Funding for these grants is primarily through the generous donations of those who live and work in the east Linn County area, as well as The Alice Blazer Endowment Fund,” said foundation president Robert Burford.

This year’s recipients are:

• East Linn Museum Society, computer upgrades, $1,000.

• Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, Sweet Home Area Senior Meals on Wheels, $2,000.

• Sweet Home Charter School, playground equipment repair, $157.

• Sweet Home Public Library, early literacy station, $2,500.

• Oak Heights Elementary School, real world reading room, $982.

• Sweet Home Parks, adopt-a-park tool loan program, $536.

• Sunshine Industries Unlimited, presentation of understanding disabilities seminar, $300.

• Sweet Home Emergency Ministries, hand sanitation stations, $400.

• Sweet Home Police Department, Shop with a Cop Program, $1,000.

“In 2013, the foundation moved into a new program where we are partnering with local groups who have a project that can fall under the overall foundation mission umbrella of ‘Improving the Quality of Life in Our Community,’” Burford said.

Under this program, the foundation may enter into a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement for the project and be able to accept tax deductible contributions dedicated for the project, including allowing donors to contribute by credit card. The program also allows the foundation to provide a partnering tax exempt entity, which is required by many outside grant funding sources.

“The Fiscal Sponsorship Program opens up a wide variety of funding sources for community projects that may not otherwise be in a position to seek adequate funding,” Burford said. “The foundation is working with a grassroots committee to fundraise for “A Field For All Seasons” the community football field artificial turf project.”

The foundation also continues to grow a permanent endowment fund to serve the community’s future.     

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.