AAF accepting grant applications

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Austin Area Foundation is encouraging community nonprofit organizations, schools and groups to submit applications for its upcoming grant distribution process.

Each year, AAF awards grants to support a variety of local improvements and projects.

The foundation is looking to grow on the record $19,000 given to 19 organizations for 2014 grants — up from $17,000 in 2013. More than $88,000 has been given to the Austin community through AAF grants since its first distribution in 2007.

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Nonprofit agencies and organizations have until Sept. 1 to submit applications.

Applications can be found at Austin Public Library, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce or at the foundation’s website, www.austinareafoundation.org.

2014 Austin Area Foundation grants

•$1,000: Matchbox Children’s Theatre for “Wizard of Oz” production

•$400: Austin Community Band for Summer Concert Series

•$1,000: Austin High School Band for purchase of french horn

•$750: Children’s Dental Health for Happy Smiles kits

•$1,500: Austin Symphony Orchestra for mariachi band concert

•$500: Vision 2020 for graffiti-to-art program

•$500: Freedom Fest 2015 for festival events and activities

•$500: Southeast Minnesota Women’s Center for diapers (Rachel’s Hope)

•$1,000: Parenting Resource Center for healthy snacks and use of facilities

•$1,000: Welcome Center for items for personal care shelf

•$750: African Asian Refugee Agency for website

•$1,500: St. Olaf Backpack Program for purchase food to send home

•$1,000: Northwestern Singers for instrumentalists and carpenter

•$750: Austin Youth Baseball for clinic

•$1,000: Mower County Senior Center for healthy eating classes for seniors

•$1,500: Mower County Senior Advocacy for caregiver program

•$600: Habitat for Humanity materials for a Brush with Kindness

•$1,948: Jay C Hormel Nature Center for two kayaks and two paddles

•$1,802: KAUS, Hy-Vee for Feed-A-Family program