The Waupaca Area Community Foundation (WACF) has approved $79,909 in grants from its general fund, nearly tripling the previous record amount awarded.
The grants will benefit 24 charitable organizations serving people in the Waupaca area. The grant checks will be presented during WACF’s annual meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Holly History and Genealogy Center. The public is invited.
“Thanks to generous contributions from people who supported our spring gala, and additional dollars from other endowment funds for unrestricted grant making, our board was delighted to be able to offer this much higher level of support to local organizations during a time of great need,” said Jack Rhodes, WACF board chairman.
WACF’s previous record high for grants was the $27,200 awarded in 2009.
The foundation’s general fund provides annual grants as selected by the board of directors during a competitive application process.
General fund grant recipients for 2010 include the following:
?Adventure Lodge Kids: Professionally guided hunting and fishing adventures for six children and their parent mentors, $2,000.
?B.A.B.E.S. of New London: Additional staff, $2,500.
?Bethany Home: Support for free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the elderly and people with disabilities, and health screenings, $1,000.
?CAP Services: Staffing at the Domestic Abuse Outreach office in Waupaca, $5,000.
?CAP Services: Supplies for treatment of Waupaca County residents at Ministry Dental Center in Stevens Point, $7,500.
?CHAPS Academy: Equine-assisted suicide prevention program, $5,000.
?Creative Caring Hands: Materials to make layettes for newborns, $2,000.
?Harbor House Domestic Abuse: Prevention education in the New London School District, $1,500.
?Iola Historical Society: Construction of a violin display case, $2,000.
?Prevent Child Abuse of Waupaca: Parenting programs, $2,500.
?Rawhide Boys Ranch: About Face community outreach project, $5,000.
?Ronald McDonald House: Share-a-Night program for Waupaca families, $1,000.
?Sunny Day Child Care and Preschool: Safe playground, $5,000.
?University of Wisconsin Extension: AmeriCorps Farm to School program to decrease obesity in children, $3,500.
?Waupaca Area Food Pantry: Purchase of reusable grocery bags, $500.
?Waupaca Area Public Library: Support for bringing a nationally recognized children’s author to the Waupaca Book Festival, $3,000.
?Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club: Completion of Riverview Park building projects, $2,000.
?Waupaca Community Garden: Program support, $6,000.
?Waupaca County Healthy Beginnings: Teachable Moments educational home visits for parents, $3,200.
?Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department: SWAT ballistic helmets, $2,650.
?Waupaca Historical Society: Train depot security system installation, $2,559.
?Waupaca Historical Society: Train depot roof replacement, $5,000.
?Wega Arts: Support for a show by potters of Waupaca County, $1,500.
?Wisconsin Interfaith Needs Response Inc.: Donated Wheels program, $5,000.