Foundation accepting grant applications

The Three Rivers Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 grants round. The deadline for completed applications is July 18. Applications are available online at

Grant applications must show how an organization will improve the quality of life and strengthen communities in the Elk River Area School District. Successful grant applications will be awarded to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Other nonprofits must have a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent to receive the grant.

The foundation will award grants of up to $7,500 each in one or more of the four following areas:

•Social, cultural and leisure: To enhance educational opportunities, enrich the artistic and cultural climate, increase and diversify recreational opportunities.

•Public issues and information: Citizen-led initiatives that will enable thoughtful, nonpartisan analysis of important community issues, particularly those that clarify and build consensus on resolving pressing community issues.

•Human services: To improve the quality, accessibility, and efficiency of health care service; to impact positively the housing, safety, employment, and other needs of vulnerable youth, elderly, and low-income people; or to lessen human suffering by building the ability of people to improve their lives.

•Education and lifelong learning: To improve the quality, scope and accessibility of educational programming to all residents in the service area.