Applications to the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation will be available beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.  The Foundation began in 2005 with a $1,000,000 donation from Tillotson Corporation and over the next five years the Tillotson Corporation contributed an additional $9,000,000 to the Foundation.  The amount of grant money is generally determined by the amount of interest accrued each year on the principle amount in the foundation account. 

According to the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation’s mission statement, “the Foundation shall seek to support, promote, improve and maintain the health, educational and cultural institutions serving the citizens of Menlo and Chattooga County and some surrounding areas”. 

The Foundation awards grants to advance many areas, including education, healthcare, economic development, community enhancement, the arts, and environmental improvement. 

The foundation’s board members include Theresa Canada, Menlo; Mark Pickle, Menlo; Jon Payne, Summerville; Robert McWhorter, Summerville; Arch Farrar, Summerville; Eddie Robertson, Centre, Ala.; Jeffrey Richardson, Cedar Bluff, Ala.; Bill Alico, Buffalo, New York; and Janet Tillotson Munchak, Roswell, GA.  Carol Mitchell, Menlo serves as Administrative Coordinator for the Foundation. 

Over the past eleven years a total of $3,963,732 has been awarded to provide funds for 472 worthwhile projects. In 2015 there were 48 grants totaling $466,467, and last year there were 52 grants totaling $410,434.  The foundation hopes to award grants for 2017 and encourages all eligible groups and organizations to apply. 

Organizations recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply for these grants, as well as other public agencies. Please note this year all 501(c)(3) organizations are required to attach written verification of their current tax-exempt status. Those organizations not generally eligible for support are religious programs, individuals and start-up organizations. 

All applicants should be aware any previous version of the grant application will not be accepted. Any questions regarding the grant process should be directed to the Foundation’s Administrative Coordinator, Carol Mitchell.  Blank applications can be picked up at Menlo City Hall Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

All applications must be received in hand by the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation’s Administrative Coordinator Carol Mitchell by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.   The recipients of the grants will be announced in December of this year.