Grant Action Partners has received funding from the Shelk Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation and the John and Linda Shelk Foundation (Malheur Lumber) designated for support of nonprofit projects and programs in Grant County.

This generous support has resulted in GAP's continued minigrant program for funding of up to $1,000 per request for a limited number of projects within the county.

In 2003, GAP awarded funds for fixing the playground at the Grant County Child Center, the Grant County Safe Communities Coalition, Children's Health and Safety Fair, Families First of Grant County Inc., Her-os and He-ros Youth Mentoring Program, Greater Prairie City Community Association and a tent for Camp Logan Days.

The group also helped the Stop and Think and Not Me Not Now programs in school districts 3 and 4 and the Grant County ESD, and it help fund the Cultivating Communities Conference for nonprofit organizations in Grant and Crook counties for assistance with conference speaker and presenter workshops.

The 2003-04 funding assistance was $4,350 and funds of $5,000 to $6,000 will be committed to Grant County projects and programs for the 2004-05 minigrant round.

Applications for 2004 consideration of funding may be made by completing an application form and returning it to GAP with a postmark not later than Dec. 8. Funding decisions will be made prior to Dec. 31.

An application and guidelines may be obtained by contacting Judy Krutsinger, executive director, at (541) 575-2238 or 620-1010, e-mail jkruts@hdni.cc, or by mail at GAP, P.O. Box 624, John Day, OR 97845.

GAP's goal is to increase opportunities for families and youth to become healthy and responsible citizens in a caring community and to help the establishment and maintenance of small and new nonprofit organizations, programs and projects.

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