The Mason Community Foundation is again looking for non-profit organizations that have a project that would benefit from additional funding. March 1 is the deadline for the next round of grants, and the Board of Directors would like to continue generously funding worthwhile groups and projects that would have a positive impact on the community of Mason. The Mason Community Foundation operates the Mason Thrift Store and the profits from that business are returned to the citizens of Mason through the grants that are awarded in the spring and fall each year.
Last year the total grants approved by the Board amounted to $42,572 and represented a broad benefit to the community. The organizations receiving grants included the Mason Volunteer Fire Department for additional equipment, pumps and hoses; the TDA Smiles Foundation for the Mason Smiles on Wheels project; Comanche Creek Golf Course for irrigation pump station; the Mason Historical Commission for another memorial stone at the Veterans Memorial for post-Korean War veterans; and the Mason Tennis Association for lighting improvement and other additions to the Helen Tallent Tennis Center. Other groups that received funds were the Hilda Community Club, the Mason Lions Club, Steady Steps daycare, and the Mason ISD Education Foundation.
In the four years since the Mason Thrift Store has come under local management, the Mason Community Foundation has awarded grants of over $106,000 to local projects and organizations. The Board looks for projects that will improve our community and that are sponsored and supported by a non-profit community organization that contributes to the betterment of the people of Mason County. If you or your group have an idea that would meet our goals, applications can be picked up at the Thrift Store, but don’t delay as the deadline of March 1st approaches. If you have questions or would like more information about the grant process, please contact Brent Hinckley, Board President or D’Ann Stahl Grant Chairperson, and we will be glad to explain and help you understand our procedures.