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RCF approves four grants totaling $5,180 for projects

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Four grants totaling up to $5,180 were approved for a variety of community projects at the Rushford Community Foundation (RCF) Board of Directors meeting on February 8. A $1,480 grant will go to the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Lighted Christmas Tree Fund. The RCF joins a host of area business donors in supporting this project, which has upgraded the bluff-top tree with LED lights to reduce costs and has created a more efficient and safer way to make future repairs. With RCF’s grant, the project reaches its fundraising goal and the greater community will enjoy this prominent Rushford holiday symbol for many years to come.

A grant in the amount of $150 was approved for the Semcac Retired & Senior Volunteer Program’s substance abuse prevention initiative with 8th graders at R-P Middle School. The program involves monthly discussions with people who have experienced first-hand the effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Volunteer speakers have included probation officers, law enforcement, and individuals or families that share their personal stories. The program’s intended outcome is to help young people understand the impacts of their decisions and make positive choices. The RCF grant will allow the project to offer awards for the top essays written by the 8th grade participants this spring.

The RCF has granted the City of Rushford, in partnership with the R-P School District, up to $3,000 towards the process to apply for a planning grant from the MN Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Safe Routes to School Program. If the planning grant is awarded, Mn/DOT would contract with a planning company to develop—with significant public involvement and input—a comprehensive, community-wide plan for the creation of safe biking and walking routes to schools. These new routes would improve student safety, potentially reduce transportation costs, and increase recreational opportunities for the entire community.

Lastly, the Foundation for R-P Schools will receive a $500 grant for the development of its website. The Foundation for R-P Schools was organized within the past year and is under the umbrella of the Southern MN Initiative Foundation and the RCF. Once firmly established, the Foundation for R-P Schools intends to return the granted funds to the RCF. The new website will inform parents, students, alumni, and area residents about the Foundation for R-P Schools’ efforts to raise money to establish and administer scholarship funds.

The RCF Board of Directors meets quarterly and considers proposals for projects or programs that fit the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The community foundation is made possible by the past, current and future financial gifts from individuals, organizations and businesses. For more information, visit www.rushfordcommunityfoundation.com.

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