The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation has approximately $18,000 available for distribution to a wide range community-improvement projects — and applications for funds may now be submitted.

The foundation will accept applications for discretionary grants through 5 p.m. on July 2. Grant requests may be submitted by eligible tax-exempt nonprofits, governmental bodies, municipalities and schools using a form on their website at crawfordheritage.org/grantapp.html.

Grants are made countywide from the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund and Ben Franklin Trust; in the Titusville area from the Fred Lintner Fund and from the Bernadene R. and John B. Cooley Fund to benefit programs for children and youth.

From the approximately $18,000 available, grant awards typically range from $300 to $3,000 with an average of $1,000. Applicants should consider these limitations when making a request.

Grants are awarded to deserving organizations to address a variety of issues including environmental protection and beautification, benevolent, charitable and civic functions, community development, education and literary pursuits, health and safety, and research and scientific development. Grant applications are accepted from tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government bodies, municipalities and schools.

Previous grants have assisted health programs in providing care and medication for patients in need. They have supported programs to educate children about business, computers and theater, teach art and technology to senior citizens and enlighten the public about local history. Local parks, greenways and recreational areas have been improved. Activities for at-risk youth and improvements to emergency housing have also received support.

The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Crawford County. The foundation helps people make the most of their philanthropy by giving to endowed funds. Grant awards are made from these funds to support the causes donors care about as well as worthwhile programs selected by the foundation. The foundation manages more than 100 funds, which benefit more than 100 different organizations, scholarships and charitable purposes. More than $3 million has been awarded since the organization was established in 1998.

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