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South Slope Cooperative presents grants to local nonprofit groups

NORTH LIBERTY– South Slope Cooperative and Iowa Network Services, Inc. (INS) are pleased to announce the following grants have been awarded in the companies’ matching grant programs:
Boy Scout Troop no. 37, $1,000; North Liberty Blues and BBQ, $400; and Optimist Club of North Liberty, $2,000.
Jacob Sprengeler received a grant for his Eagle Scout project. Sprengeler plans to further develop the campsite at Camp I-Dis-Se-Ca with a picnic bench. An Eagle Scout Project is defined as a “service project helpful to your religious institution, school, or your community.” One requirement of attaining Eagle Scout rank is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. The Eagle Project prepares the Scout for the real world by teaching them to organize a project for others and carry it out.
The North Liberty Blues and BBQ grant was used to purchase supplies for a speed pitching/catching zone and release fishing activities. In 2011, INS graciously supported Blues and BBQ with a grant that greatly benefited the event. This will be the sixth year of Blues and BBQ, which had an estimated attendance of more than 7,000 this year.
North Liberty Optimists requested funds to further develop their CREW Summer Camp program. Julie Robinson, co-principal of Penn Elementary in North Liberty, developed the CREW Program, which stands for Culture, Recreation, Education, and Wellness Program. CREW is designed to provide quality wrap-around services that complement the instruction students receive in their local schools. The CREW After School Club at Penn provides structured creativity, recreation, education and wellness activities each day after school.
For several years, INS and South Slope have offered a charity grant program available to any non-profit organization located in the South Slope service area. INS offers this program to more than 300 communities in Iowa.
Grant applications are available at www.southslope.com. INS awards range from $250 to $1,500, with up to $1,000 matched by South Slope. Grants are awarded quarterly, and amounts are determined by an independent charity grant committee.