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Brunswick Electric gives out community grants
Twenty-six projects were selected from a field of nearly 90 applications to receive funding for programs from Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s Community Grants program.
This year’s grants total $24,900. The checks have already gone out to the winning groups. The funds will be at work in the community soon.
“This year we chose to spread our funds across a wider range of needs, giving partial funding for 26 projects,” said Judy Gore, vice president of customer services. “The review process was challenging as there were so many worthy projects put forth. These grants will be used to help people of all ages in our communities, from young families and children, to those dealing with health issues, the homeless, and of course, our senior citizens.”
BEMC started the Community Grant program to expand its community commitment and serve as a complement to the separate Bright Ideas grant programs for K-12 teachers in the schools. BEMC Community Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are given to organizations and agencies that serve a variety of community needs.
“We thank all those who applied and give special thanks to the 2012 BEMC Community Grant recipients for their efforts,” Gore said. “BEMC is committed to our communities in tough times as well as good times, and these grants are part of that commitment. For those who did not receive a grant this year, we encourage you to try again next year.”
Visit its website at www.bemc.org to learn more about the grants awarded in prior years, as well as the current winners. Grant applications are accepted between Jan. 15-Feb. 15 each year.
The 2012 grant recipients are: Bits-n-Boots 4-H Horse Club, 4-H Summer Camp; Brunswick Catch, Brunswick Catch Website Redesign; Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, BCRC Cleanliness Project; Brunswick County Civil Air Patrol Squadron 170, Emergency Preparedness Training; Brunswick Pink Angels, Pink Angel Bags–Cancer Support; Care-a-Van Ministry of First Baptist Church of Oak Island, Character and Values Program; Comfort Socks, Cut the Cold for the Homeless; Friends of Brunswick Town, Civil War Heritage Days; Furever Friends Animal Rescue, Free Rabies Clinic; GFWC of Holden Beach, Blooming for a Cause 2012; Mothers Supporting KEYS, KEYS character program; Muscular Dystrophy Association, MDA Summer Camp Carefree; North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Coastal Land Trust Family Fun Day; North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County 4-H, Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT); Pretty In Pink Foundation, Arms for Care–Cancer Support Project; Sea Trail Grandmas, Knit and Sew for Premature and Newborn Babies; St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Community Summer Enrichment Program; WAVES4K.I.D.S., School Supplies 2012; Bogue Community Citizens Association, After School Tutoring Program; Boy Scouts of America/Lakes District, Investment in Character 2012; Building Bridges After School Program/Fair Bluff, Stepping-Up Reading and Math Skills; Columbus County Department of Aging, Home Safety/Ramps and Rails; Columbus County Department of Aging Advisory Council, Senior Picnic/Fair; Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, Community Outreach Program; The Help Mission of Columbus County, New Roof Project; Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Relief Fund.

Leland needs members for arts committee
The town of Leland is seeking applicants for its new cultural arts committee.
The committee was created to promote and develop arts organizations, artists, facilities, cultural activity and cultural tourism in Leland and northern Brunswick County and to advise and assist the town council in planning for the cultural arts in Leland.
This group will be instrumental in the development of the Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.
Anyone with experience/interest in the arts is encouraged to apply. All appointments will be made by the Leland Town Council.
For more information and an application, visit the Leland Parks and Recreation website.