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 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has announced the beneficiaries of their first-ever “Outside Funding Grants”.

These grants are as a result of an application process that the Kiwanis Club began a year ago, to review requests from outside organizations for dollars raised by the club to benefit local programs for children and youth.

These grant monies being given to outside non-profit organizations, are in addition to Kiwanis-sponsored programs such as Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, high school scholarships, and sponsorship of the High School Kiwanis Key Club and Junior High Kiwanis Builder's Club.

5 organizations were granted funding, after all the applications received went thru a review process by the Kiwanis Club.

The Christian County C-E-O Program was granted $1000. This program is just starting in Christian County, and will provide some 2 dozen Christian County High School seniors the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills to start their own business. The C-E-O program begins in the fall of 2015.

The Christian County Y-M-C-A was granted $1000 to assist the Y's Financial Assistance Program so that all their programs and services can be offered to anyone, no matter what their ability is to pay. The Kiwanis Club's donation is part of the Y's nearly 88-thousand dollars in total financial assistance.

Camp Care-A-Lot received $900 from the local Kiwanis Club. The week-long children's camps in Jacksonville and Springfield target low income children from several counties, including Christian. The camp sets goals for the future, and establishes small steps to help kids achieve the goals that are set.

The Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry was granted $600 by the local Kiwanis Club. The dollars given will enable the Central Illinois Food Bank to bring their Mobile Food Pantry to Taylorville, to help feed food-insecure children and their families.

And the Taylorville Kiwanis Club granted the Taylorville Park District $100 towards their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 to eleven. The Kiwanis Club has been a long-time supporter of this event.

Organizations that wish to apply for the Kiwanis Club's “Outside Funding Grants”, can find details and the application, on the Club's web site, taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com. Applications are due on October 31st, with grants announced in late 2015.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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