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Deadline is March 15 for Rotary grants

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

A sunny and festive Miners Day celebration last Labor Day has translated into more money than usual available to local non-profit groups.

The Park City Rotary Club sells beverages and raises money through other means at the annual Miners Day events in order to give about $14,000 in grants. The good weather in 2010 resulted in excellent attendance, so the club raised about $20,000, said club member Insa Riepen.

Every Rotary Club gives annual grants to local groups, she said. The money comes from member donations as well as fundraising efforts.

Locally, the money serves some of the most-beloved charities and helps new groups get started.

Emerging from a challenging economy, non-profit groups have seen increased demand for their services and decreasing donations. They may be lacking operational funds, or seed money to begin a new program.

Last year, one grant allowed the Park City Museum to host a free "locals day," she said.

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The Park City Rotary accepts applications for the funds. The deadline is March 15.

A frequently-asked question is who qualifies for the grants, Riepen said. The applicant must be based locally and be an organization, not an individual.

"This is money from locals, given back to local non-profits," she added.

Applicants are also required to show how the money was spent.

According to the grant qualifications, the typical amount is for between $500 and $2,500. The applicant must be a 501-c-3 organization. A Rotary club member must sponsor the applicant they just need to ask someone, Riepen added. Preferences are given to uses of the money that align with Rotary’s guiding principles, which can be found at http://www.rotary.org . The club strives to create a balance of donations among different levels of impact: at the community, national or international level, the guidelines said.

Download application forms or learn more at http://www.parkcityrotary.org .

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