Interfaith project involves several local communities

The Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Project, the three-town organization that raises funds at its resale shop to make grants to 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 totaling more than $240,000 to provide funds for everything from food shelves and football uniforms to a shower for an elderly person. Grants have ranged from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

The deadline for the next round of grant applications is Monday, January 14, 2011. Grant application forms are available by emailing schipgrant@myfairpoint.net or using the link at http://www.schipstreasure.org/mission.html. 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 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.

SCHIP would like to hear from people who want to discuss creative ideas that could 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.

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