Bryant Fund accepting applications
— The Michael J. Bryant Memorial Fund will award grant monies, totaling $1,700, to people with physical or developmental disabilities this spring.
Established in June 2008, the Memorial Fund continues to grow with contributions from family, friends and the sales of Smoke Signal, a cheese sold by Calkins Creamery in Mike’s memory.
The fund is administered by the Wayne County Community Foundation, 214 Ninth St., Honesdale, PA 18431. This is the fourth year community grants will be awarded through this Fund.
During his life, Mike overcame many problems caused by developmental disabilities, giving him a special sensitivity to people who had such needs. He also was devoted to his community, volunteering his time to the local fire company.
The purpose of this Fund is to assist Wayne County citizens with special needs or developmental disabilities, acquire goods and/or services desirable or necessary to maximize their potential.
Organizations can nominate individuals by filling out the grant application and noting the specific need and associated costs.
Examples of specific needs may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Summer camp tuition for those with physical or developmental needs
• Specific therapy needs – i.e. therapeutic horseback riding, therapy balls
• Classroom supplies for those with physical or developmental needs
• Expenses associated with Special Olympic participation
• Expenses associated with 4-H participation for those with physical or developmental needs
• Expenses associated with independent living for a person with physical or developmental needs
Return completed applications, with documented needs, to the Wayne County Community Foundation office by Friday, April 19. Applicants must be residents of Wayne County. Recipients will be notified by Friday, May 3 with a check presentation scheduled following notification.
Whenever possible, the fund will reimburse organizations, rather than individuals, to assure accountability. Previous applicants may re-apply.
Grant applications are available upon request or may be downloaded from the Wayne County Community Foundation website (www.waynefoundation.org – go to the section on “Grantmaking” then “Grant Guidelines-General”).
Questions about the application process can be directed to the Wayne County Community Foundation at 570-251-9993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.