The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation will accept grant applications for discretionary grants through 5 PM on Monday, July 2, 2012. The Foundation has introduced a new on-line grant application process. Grant requests may be submitted by eligible tax-exempt nonprofits, governmental bodies, municipalities and schools using a form on their web site at http://www.crawfordheritage.org/grantapp.html.

Grants are made county-wide from the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund and Ben Franklin Trust, in the Titusville area from the Fred Lintner Fund and from the Bernadene R. and John B. Cooley Fund to benefit programs for children and youth.

Approximately $18,000 is available. Grant awards typically range from $300 to $3,000 with an average of $1,000. Applicants should consider these limitations when making a request.

Grants are awarded to deserving organizations to address a variety of issues including environmental protection and beautification, benevolent, charitable and civic functions, community development, education and literary pursuits, health and safety, and research and scientific development. Grant applications are accepted from tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government bodies, municipalities and schools.

Previous grants have assisted health programs in providing care and medication for patients in-need. They have supported programs to educate children about business, computers and theater, teach art and technology to senior citizens and enlighten everyone about local history. Local parks, greenways and recreational areas have been improved. Activities for at-risk youth and improvements to emergency housing have also received support.