JOHN DAY – Thanks to the Juniper Arts Council – and the John and Linda Shelk Foundation – six local groups can now proceed with needed projects.

The Council received $6,000 from the Foundation Community Grant Program for the 2014-15 grant cycle to distribute to Grant County organizations in need of a financial boost.

The grants went to:

• Grant County Fair: $400 to purchase an 18-by-20-foot canopy with sides.

• Grant County Leaders Association: $600 to update the 4-H fair display area.

• Grant County Library Foundation: $500 to purchase Legos for “Lego Nights” at the library.

• Healthy ’N Fit Kids: $1,000 for health promotion day camp for Grant County K-3 students.

• Mt. Vernon Grange: $1,000 toward replacing the grange’s failed septic system.

• OSU Extension Grant County Office: $1,000 for a financial training class for Grant County juniors and seniors, and their parents.

Funds already were awarded to three groups last fall:

• Cinnabar Mountain Playdays: $500 to cover the cost of the group’s mandatory insurance premium.

• Grant School District No. 3: $500 toward an automatic timing system for the new eight-lane track at Grant Union.

• Prairie City School FFA: $500 toward a greenhouse.

The Council received 14 applications for consideration this year, totaling $14,000 more than the available funding, and regrets not being able to fulfill worthy wishes for more local organizations.

In the coming year, the Council will be seeking additional community partners to join the Shelk Foundation Grant Program. Businesses or individuals interested in contributing, can call Kris Beal at 541-932-4892.

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