Nonprofit businesses in Manning have about a week left to apply for a grant from a perpetual fund that seeks to grow Manning from within.
This year’s recipients will receive $1,600 from the fund — either given in total to one recipient or split between multiple recipients.
In its fourth year, the Refresh Manning Trust, which started with two $5,000 donations, benefits not-for-profit organizations within Manning’s city limits.
The grant committee is looking for applications and projects that would benefit multiple community members and indicate the organization’s willingness to financially contribute to the project beyond the grant’s total, Main Street Manning Board President Ron Reischl said.
In the past, the Manning Childcare Center, Manning Rec Center, Trestle Park, the Manning Public Library and the IKM-Manning School District have received grants from the fund for projects such as diving boards at the rec swimming pool, a video recorder for school events, a half door at the childcare center and a children’s reading program at the library.
Applications for this year’s grant are available at www.manningia.com/refresh-manning-trust.html. They are due Dec. 10. Questions can be directed to the Main Street Manning office at (712) 655-6246.
The fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Carroll County, follows “Endow Iowa” guidelines for those who donate to it, which includes a state tax credit for 25 percent of the donation and a federal tax deduction. Donations other than cash, including stocks, bonds, corn, soybeans and real estate, also can benefit the fund.
Donations for the fund, which need to be $100 or more, can be sent to CFCC, c/o Iowa Savings Bank, P.O. Box 967, Carroll, IA, 51401, with checks made out to CFCC and “Refresh Manning Trust” written on the memo line.
“I’d encourage people to donate,” Reischl said. “The money will stay in town, is the key.”
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