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The Powell County Senior Center, 100 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, offers homemade food, fun, and friendship to people of all ages. It has been the beneficiary of Powell County Community Foundation grants.

The Powell County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofits throughout Powell County. The PCF awards grants, usually ranging from $500 to $1,200, in the following areas: basic human needs, arts and culture, recreation, and economic development. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 7.

The short application form is available by writing to P.O. Box 834, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 or by contacting board members Kirk Sandquist, Steve Owens, Mary Ann Fraley, Claudia Dippold, Cheryl Sandquist, or Gerald Bender in Deer Lodge or leaving a message at 406-846-3413. Because of IRS regulations, all applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit with an IRS letter or a public agency.

Since it was established in 1999, the Powell County Foundation has awarded over $182,000 in 172 grants to more than 50 different organizations serving Powell County residents. In 2017, the foundation received $16,797 in requests and was able to provide $14,769 in 16 grants, helping projects for the Powell County Senior Center, Deer Lodge Food Pantry, Ovando School Cultural Enrichment Committee, the Garrison School, Powell County Ambulance, Kohrs Library, Rising Star Academy, and Powell County Literacy Program.

Many of these grants have been funded by money brought in from outside the county to supplement endowment earnings.

The foundation has built a permanent endowment of about $161,000 and uses the earnings from the endowment for grants while the principal remains intact. The endowment grows with donations, memorials, bequests, and other planned gifts. Since July 2017, 23 donors have contributed $2,245 to the endowment. The foundation is affiliated with the statewide Montana Community Foundation, and the local board makes all the grant decisions. Many types of planned gifts for the permanent endowment can be eligible for Montana’s Endowment Tax Credit. Inquiries and donations to help build the endowment can be directed to P.O. Box 834, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.

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