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Community Foundation taking apps for grants

March 29, 2013
Traer Star-Clipper

The Traer Community Foundation board members are pleased to announce that they are now accepting grant applications from non-profit Traer area groups, for the 2013 grant program. Board members include: chairman Lee Wiges representing the Kubik-Finch American Legion Post of Traer; vice-chairman Nicholas Podhajsky representing Farmers Savings Bank & Trust; Carrie Holst representing the Traer City Council; Wendy Barnes, representing the Traer Chamber of Commerce; and a pending appointment representing the North Tama County Community School.

Application forms may be picked up at the Farmers Savings Bank & Trust or from Foundation board members.

Recipients of last year's grants from the Foundation are reminded that before any further grant applications will be considered, documentation must be provided to the Foundation Board on how past grants were used.

Grant applications must be turned in at the Farmers Saving Bank & trust by 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013. Applicants must provide seven copies of the application.

The Traer Community Foundation has been actively contributing to the Traer community since 1991. Since that time, the Foundation has provided more than $500,000 to non-profit organizations, community projects and scholarships.

The Traer Community Foundation is constantly in search of contributions, as these contributions provide most of the funds available to worthy grant projects. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contribution is used for the betterment of the Traer community.

There are many ways to donate a tax exempt gift including:

Cash or check payable to the Traer Community Foundation in care of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, PO Box 435, Traer, IA 50675.

Appreciated securities, which carry two benefits cash gifts do not. You eliminate capital gans tax when you contribute the securities and you are allowed an income tax deduction based on the securities' fair market value on the date of the gift. Securities may be delivered to Farmers Savings Bank & Trust.

Real estate, which holds tax advantages if it is a long-term appreciated holding. The board recommends consulting with an attorney when considering a real estate gift.

If you wish to extend your gift over time, you might want to consider multi-year pledges. Among the benefits:

Extended over a period of several years, a pledge helps you to make a larger foundation gift than you might have thought possible. You may make your pledge payments with cash, check or appreciated securities.



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