Applications for SCHIP grants due Jan. 31

Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Project, the three-town organization that raises funds at its resale shop to make grants for projects that benefit their neighbors and communities, is ready to make another round of grants. Applications from non-profit organizations in the towns for projects from large to small are due by Jan. 31.

Since SCHIP began making grants in 2004, they have used the profits from selling used clothing and home goods into grants that provide funds for everything from food shelves and football uniforms to showers for the elderly. Grants have ranged from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Grant application forms are available online at www.schipstreasure.org. Paper applications are also available at the SCHIP’s Treasure Resale Shop, 5404 Shelburne Road in Shelburne Village, or at the Town Clerk’s offices in Shelburne, Charlotte, and Hinesburg. It is requested and preferred, but not required, that submission for grants be via email.

The guidelines for grants are:

• Projects must benefit people or communities of Shelburne, Charlotte, and Hinesburg.

• Grants can only be made to organizations with an IRS-approved 501c3 status, but a group or individual without such IRS approval can apply by establishing a sponsorship or mentoring relationship with a 501c3. For example, all the member faith communities that joined their energies to found the SCHIP organization have that 501c3 status and could help with an application for a grant. Grants may not exceed $5,000.

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