Recipients of the 2013 Greater Polson Community Foundation grants were announced at the annual Passion for Polson Celebration held Saturday, Aug. 17. A total of $11,800 was allocated among seven qualifying non-profit organizations for specific projects benefiting the community.
Helping Hands Fund, the assistance program overseen by the Polson Ministerial Association, received $1,500 which will be allocated to those needing assistance in paying utility bills or rent shortfalls. Miracle of America Museum received $500 to be used to extend the roof over the Paul Bunyon, an historic Flathead Lake working boat.
Mission Valley Aquatics received $2,500 for swimming scholarships based on financial need. Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will use $1,500 to update equipment. North Lake County Public Library District will use $2,500 to establish four more “reading nooks” to encourage reading in places where people have to wait.
Polson Community Development Agency received $2,500, sponsorship funding for the second annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC). The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation received $800.
GPCF has awarded grants annually since 2009. A total of $71,977 in grants, donor advised funds, and directed gifts has been given back to the community.