Printed on: December 09, 2012

Applicants for grant being sought

$25,000 available from the William McKinley Simpson fund


POST REGISTER

Last year, Post Register readers donated more than $92,000 to the Goodfellow Fund, which was distributed to three local charities.

The Post Register also had the honor of handing out an additional $25,000 to seven other organizations from a fund created from the estate of William McKinley Simpson. We will do the same this year.

Last year, the Simpson Fund made the following donations:

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center, $7,000

The Haven Shelter, $7,000

Help Inc., $5,000

The Shepherd's Inn, $2,000

Community Outreach Center, $2,000

FreeMeds, $2,000.

A committee of Post Register employees and managers will work with consultants from the community to give out $25,000 between now and the end of January. The maximum contribution to a single group will be $10,000. We're seeking applications from qualifying organizations. To qualify, an organization must:

Have a current IRS status of 501(c)(3).

Provide all of its assistance to people in eastern Idaho.

Have a track record of good management and efficient operation.

To apply, prepare a one-page letter providing a brief history of the organization and a summary of how a one-time donation of up to $10,000 would be used. Include a copy of the organization's most recent financial report and documentation of its 501(c)(3) status. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 30.

We know $25,000 won't change the world, but it will help at a time when the need clearly is outstripping the resources available.

Send your application by email to rplothow@postregister.com, and put in the reference line "William M. Simpson Fund." Or, mail the application to:

William M. Simpson Fund

c/o Bonnie Hansen

Post Register

333 Northgate Mile

Idaho Falls, ID 83403.