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GEC Community Foundation, Inc. Awards over $3,600 in Grant Monies 
Local schools benefit

February 21, 2007, Trenton, MO. - The Trustees of the GEC Community Foundation, Inc. met February 14, 2007 and awarded $3,633.28 in grant allocations to recipients in Mercer and Grundy Counties in Missouri and in Wayne County, Iowa.

Successful recipients in Mercer County were the Princeton R-V Elementary School and the Mercer County Council on Aging in Princeton. The Lineville-Clio Community School received grant monies in Wayne County Iowa while Grundy County recipients included the Grundy County R-V High School in Galt, Trenton R-IX High School and Trenton Middle School.

The Mercer County Council on Aging was awarded a GEC Community Foundation, Inc. grant in the amount of $500.00. The monies will be used toward the purchase of a walk-in refrigerator. GEC Foundation Trustee Joe Hartley presented grant to Administrator Sharon Phillips. Also pictured from left is Senior Center Board Members Tom Rouse, Jim Avey and Adene Beeson.

Since 2005, the GEC Community Foundation, Inc. has awarded 69 grants totaling over $55,000.00 to deserving schools and community organizations in its service territory. The Foundation assists qualifying schools and organizations with grant monies in the areas of education, health and rural development. The funds are open to eligible entities within Grundy Electric Cooperative’s 12 county service area which includes, Harrison, Mercer and Grundy counties and portions of Linn, Livingston, Daviess, Gentry, Putnam, and Sullivan counties in Missouri and portions of Ringgold, Wayne and Decatur counties in Iowa.

The Foundation, which is operated on a volunteer basis, is primarily funded through Grundy Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up Program. This program allows GEC members to voluntarily “round up” their electric utility bill to the next even dollar. For an average of $6.00 per year participating members assist in funding local community projects such as the ones listed above.

The next grant application deadline is May 1, 2007. Qualified applicants must be a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization or other eligible entity and may apply for a grant by completing a grant application with supporting information. Grant applications are available by calling Grundy Electric Cooperative at (660) 359-3941 or Toll Free 1-800-279-2249, extension 23 or 33.

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