RLCF granting $9,000 to the Community

By Abby Edwards
Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Presenting a $9,000 check to the community is left to right: Red Lodge Community Development Director James Caniglia, Dana Castellani Dana Castellani, Chief Professional Officer,

Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County, Jodie Moore, Director of Red Lodge Carnegie Library and Gary Robson, Education Director, Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

Each year the Foundation provides grant funding to a diverse range of projects and programs that benefit our community. Proposals come for organizations, community groups, and the partially or unfunded applications from the Pro Cut Green Fund and the Rotary Club Youth Grants.

This year we received 28 applications seeking nearly $50,000 in funding. We were able to fund 15 proposals for a total of $9,000. The recipients include: Beartooth Little League, Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County, Beartooth Recreational Trails Association, Carbon County Arts Guild, Food Partnership Council, Friends of Bridger Public Library, Jane Ferguson Wilderness Adventures, Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, Red Lodge Active Transportation Workgroup, Red Lodge Carnegie Library, Red Lodge School of Dance, Red Lodge XC Ski Foundation, Roberts Parents for Performing Arts, Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, and Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association.

Other youth focused applications have been funneled through to Kids Corner for further funding consideration. The applications received as well as the partnerships with Rotary Club Youth Grants, Pro Cut Green Fund, and Kids Corner is a great display of the significant number of organizations working daily to improve the lives for members of Carbon County. The collaborative approach to allocating funds allows organizations the chance to have applications reviewed by several sources without completing multiple applications.

Dana Castellani of Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County had this to say about the grant award, “The Club is so appreciative of local organizations and their support for our summer program. We submitted a grant request to the Red Lodge Rotary Club this spring and were fortunate enough to receive a generous $1,400 grant from them. Then, we received a surprise notice that the RLACF granted the Club an additional $550 through their Community Grant program. These funds have already been helpful as our June attendance increased 7 percent from last year at this time!”

We look forward to continued partnerships and opportunities to support the positive work being done in our community. For a summary of the projects and ways to get involved, visit www.rlacf.org.