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Garden of the Gods Rotary welcomes Osborne Trust grant applications

       Grant money from the William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund is available for 2014, the Garden of the Gods Rotary Club has announced.
       The deadline to request an application is June 30. Completed applications need to be post-dated by July 31.
       Application forms can be obtained by sending a request to Trust Administrator Martha Beatty at m3beatty@aol.com.
       The advisory trustees, consisting of past presidents of the Garden of the Gods Rotary, will review the applications and decide on the recipients and the amounts they will receive later in the year.
       To qualify, according to a press release, an organization must have non-profit status and “be involved in charitable work that delivers services to deserving residents” within the boundaries of the trust fund. “The boundaries for the Osborne Trust include the Westside of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and part of the Ute Pass communities to the west border of Teller County,” the release states.
       Organizations that apply also must not receive tax dollars for their services and “should operate exclusively for religious, charitable, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children,” the release adds.
       The Osbornes were Westside business owners and Rotary Club members who set up the fund before both died in 1985. Interest from the fund is used for the grants, with an annual total of more than $100,000 typically given out to 15 or more qualifying entities.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 6/3/14; Community: Charitable)

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