Project helps tri-town area people in need

SHELBURNE The Shelburne-Charlotte-Hinesburg Interfaith Projects (SCHIP) effort is ready to give money to help people in need in the three towns where it focuses its mission. Sept. 30 is the deadline for non-profits to submit applications for grants for projects large and small that will improve the quality of life for their neighbors in the area and build community. Marilyn Neagley of Shelburne, chair of the grants committee said, SCHIP anticipates that this may be a particularly difficult year for many.We encourage proposals from those who can make a difference in our three communities. Founded in 2003, SCHIP has been making grants since 2005 from money earned at its SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop on Route 7 in Shelburne. Grants have been made for everything from football uniforms for financially strapped students to the towns Food Shelves, from supporting organizations committed to helping families break the cycle of poverty to building an access ramp for a mother with ALS. The total granted at this point is close to $110,000. 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 status can apply by establishing a sponsorship or mentoring relationship with a 501c3. For example, all the ten 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. Application forms are available at the SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop at 5404 Shelburne Rd., in Shelburne Village, or at the Town Clerks offices in Shelburne, Charlotte or Hinesburg. Grant applications are also accepted for Jan. 30 and May 30 deadlines. The grant committee that reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the SCHIP board for grants would like to hear from people who want to discuss creative ideas that would benefit the people of the towns. A creative idea may just need seed money to become a significant addition to the welfare of the town or area. The grant application for a SCHIP grant is the place to start. For information call Marilyn Neagley, chair of the grants committee, at 802-985-3528.

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