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Sandstone Trust seeks applicants for grant funds

Staff Reports Posted 24 October 2016 at 7:42 am
File photo by Tom Rivers: Two giant snowmen greet people on the parade route during the seventh annual Parade of Lights in Medina last Nov. 28. The snowmen were part of a float by Bentley Brothers in Albion. The Sandstone Trust provides some funding to support the parade.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Two giant snowmen greet people on the parade route during the seventh annual Parade of Lights in Medina last Nov. 28. The snowmen were part of a float by Bentley Brothers in Albion. The Sandstone Trust provides some funding to support the parade.

MEDINA – Community organizations in the Medina area are welcome to seek grant funds through the Sandstone Trust.

The Sandstone Trust, the endowment of the Medina Sandstone Society, is going into its sixth season of taking grant requests in Medina, Ridgeway and Shelby. Applications are due Nov. 21.

The Sandstone Trust has approved more than $20,000 in grants. Most of those grants are $200 to $500 and support not-for-profit organizations and other programs in the Medina community.

Some projects benefitted since 2011 include improvements to the veterans plot at Boxwood Cemetery, downtown Christmas lighting, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Medina Historical Society, Medina Business Association, The Arc of Orleans, YMCA, Orleans Renaissance Group, CAC pre-school, school-parent activities, downtown clock project, Medina Tourism Program, Parade of Lights, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Family Literacy, Millville Cemetery Association and other groups.

Application forms for the grant program are available from the society’s website (click here). Printed copies of the application can be obtained at NAPA Auto Parts on North Main Street, or at the office of Michael Zelazny, CPA, at 511 Main St. Or by a mail request to the Sandstone Society, Box 25, Medina 14108.

Questions about the grants can be sent by email at sandstonesociety@gmail.com or by calling Zelazny at (585) 798-1006.

When the Sandstone Trust was officially created in 2009, the society used an obsolete economic development fund which was inactive and in danger of being seized. A contract was written with the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo for financial management, a practice given by CFGB to over 800 such endowments. The original $18,000 in seed money has multiplied to more than $100,000.

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