Panhandle Community Fund awards 2011 grants

By Daily News • Last Updated 2:07 pm on Thursday, October 06, 2011

Courtesy photos From left, Janice Williams and Cheryl Smith of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library along with Rich Pease, one of the directors of the Panhandle Fund.

HOWARD CITY — A portion of the $3,000 available to award from the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund has been designated.
The first award for this year was to the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in the amount of $1,350 for its Teen & Tween programming and book club.
Recent budget cuts have caused a 46 percent cut in state revenue support to the library. This grant will help to encourage teens and tweens to read and utilize library resources.
The second of this year’s grants was to the Tri-County Little League program in the amount of $1,000. This grant will be part of a larger overall project that will add a Challenger Division to allow children with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to play ball.
This project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012 and is estimated to benefit 80 to 100 children with special needs who may not otherwise be able to participate.
Each of these awards will have a positive impact on the community and they represent the growing legacy opportunities that a community fund can provide. With the 2011 grant awards, more than $15,000 has been awarded since the fund’s inception in 2000.
The directors of the Montcalm Panhandle Fund still have $650 in funds available to disburse for this year and additional applications are being accepted through Nov. 1 with the final award for this year to be announced by Dec. 1. Contact the numbers below for grant applications.
Prior recipients of the annual grants have included the Tri County Sports Boosters, Winfield Township Parks Department, Sand Lake Elementary School, Sand Lake Library, Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library, MacNaughton Elementary School, Stillwater Ministries, Maple Valley Township and the Howard City Lions Club.
Earlier this year, the balance in the general fund of the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund exceeded the $100,000 threshold and every year larger amounts of grants are occurring through this ever increasing fund balance.
All are encouraged to become involved in building a long lasting legacy through donations to the Montcalm Panhandle Fund. Donations continue to provide tax benefits to the donor. Consult a tax professional with specific questions on these benefits.
Questions may be directed to (231) 937-6758 or (231) 937-4141.

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