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Community Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Russell County Area Community Foundation LogoThe Russell County Area Community Foundation has announced recipients of the 2012 Fund for a Better Russell County Area.

"Funding for these grants comes from the generosity of donors who contribute to the Foundation's unrestricted grant fund, which allows the board of directors to respond to emerging needs and problems in the county," said Angela Muller, Executive Director of the Foundation. "This unique fund helps preserve our rural way of life and we are excited to support so many outstanding programs this year."

The Community Foundation considered 26 applications and awarded 14 recipients a total of $20,000. Organizations receiving grants were: USD 407 Ruppenthal Middle School Technology Lab, $5,000; USD 407 Spring Play, $500; USD 407 Russell High School Media Center, $1,300; USD 407 Holocaust Studies Program, $1,000; Deines Cultural Center Conservation Project, $2,500; Russell Sunrise Kiwanis, Youth Archery Program, $3,000; Russell Sunrise Kiwanis, ACKTION Club, $400; Russell County Fair, Special Equipment, $1,000; Russell County Historical Society, Security Equipment, $800; Russell Community Theater, Renovation Architect, $1,000; Gorham Community Development Authority, Park Improvement, $1,000; Summer Kids Intervention Program (SKIP), $1,500; Natoma Heritage Seekers, $500; and Grassroots Arts Center, Arts Education Program, $500.

The Community Foundation also awarded $2,352 in grants from the Appleseed Program and Helen Hampl Student Aid Fund to benefit classroom development and childhood education. Recipients include: Simpson Elementary School, Learning Tablets for First Graders, $1,000; Smoky Hills Public Television, Literacy Project, $350; Russell High Schools Life Skills Course, $300; Elementary School Literacy Project, $202; and Russell High School Music Library, $500.

Since inception, RCACF has returned more than $950,000 in scholarships and grants to the communities it serves. For information about the Community Foundation, contact Angela Muller at 785-445-3611 or visit www.rcacf.net. 

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