Staples Motley Area Community Foundation accepting grant applications

The advisory board of the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) is now accepting grant applications from organizations within the Staples Motley School District boundaries that will address one or more of the following areas:

• Strengthening youth and families;

• Improving community appearance; or

• Increasing community involvement and leadership.

A limited number of grants are available. The maximum amount awarded is 50 percent of the project cost up to $2,000. Completed applications need to be submitted to the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation no later than Sept. 15.

Applicants should submit one original application and one copy to: Staples Motley Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 101, Staples, MN 56479. The application and grant guidelines are available at

Questions can be directed to the committee members: Julie Nelson at (218) 894-1399, Mary Theurer at (218) 894-3752, Judy Richer at (218) 894-3050, Curt McIlravy at (218) 352-2325 or Mick Wilhelmson at (218) 575-2647. Committee members are available to make presentations to your group to answer questions, if desired.

“The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation is pleased to be able to offer a new round of grants,” said Bob Mueller, SMACF board chair. “We sincerely thank those who have given so generously and made this possible.”

Since its inception in 1999 the foundation has awarded nearly $108,000 in grant funding to area projects. The SMACF is a component fund of the Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation serving Central Minnesota.

For more information call (218) 894-1399, or visit the SMACF Web site.