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Foundation approves 25 grants in July

Aug 13, 2014
Breakdown of Kiwanis International Foundation Grants, July 2014

During the Kiwanis International convention in July, the Kiwanis International Foundation Board of Trustees met to review applications and approve the second round of grants for 2014. The trustees approved 25 grants to our Kiwanis family, totaling US$208,465. With this round of grants, we’re supporting the 2015 Service Leadership Programs Conference as well as projects close to Kiwanians' hearts.

From the heat of summer to the bitter cold of winter, our foundation’s grants will help Kiwanians make a difference. For example, a grant to the Kiwanis Club of Quitman-Lake Fork in Texas will help them build a splash pad in a local park, giving children in the community a place to play and cool off. And we’re helping the California State University Fresno Circle K International club keep their city’s homeless adults and children warm this winter by making and distributing handmade scarves and blankets.

We’re also assisting clubs with projects to help children in challenging circumstances, like the Los Robles Kiwanis Club in El Salvador, which is providing wheelchairs for low-income disabled children. A grant to Tennessee’s Kiwanis Club of Tellico Village will help them supply children in need with therapeutic tricycles, and the Kiwanis Club of Augusta, Maine, will use their Kiwanis International Foundation grant to help build a playground at a local hospital, to be enjoyed by children being treated there as well as by visiting children and their families.

And with the future of Kiwanis International in mind, foundation grants to two clubs in Italy—Kiwanis Club of Fata Morgana and Kiwanis Club of Milazzo—will assist their efforts to educate young people about the goals and values of Kiwanis International and encourage their participation in Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs.

The 25 grants awarded in July focus on the following key areas:

  • 1 grant for Kiwanis' Service Leadership Programs = $12,500
  • 4 grants for education = $10,150
  • 6 grants for health/nutrition = $56,115
  • 6 grants for play areas = $75,400
  • 8 grants for human services = $54,300