GPAE announces fall grants

The Greater Pine Area Endowment is inviting local non-profit organizations to submit grant requests for the upcoming fall review date.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area.  The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578.

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects.  For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment.  Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category.  The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

Since its inception, the GPAE has granted to organizations such as the Pine City History Association for a projector installation at the Pine City Community Room; Pine City Community Education for the vision screening devices for early childhood program; and to the Pine City Trap Shooting Team for storage facility.  Most recently, a grant was awarded to Pine City Youth Hockey and City of Pine City for upgrades to the outdoor hockey rinks located at Hilltop Park.

The online grant submission process hosted through the Initiative Foundation can be accessed through the GPAE website at www.pineendowment.org. Organizations seeking assistance in using the online system should contact Becky Schueller at pinecitychamber@gmail.com or 320-322-4040. A copy of the grant guidelines is available online or can be picked up from the Chamber of Commerce office at 315 Main Street South. Online submissions are due by midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31.

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