The Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation is reminding the public that they are currently accepting applications for 2021 and the deadline to submit those applications is approaching.

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.

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.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions, blank applications can be picked up in the lobby entrance of the FORMER Menlo City Hall located at 3056 Highway 337, Menlo, GA 30731.

All applications must be received in hand by the Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation’s Administrative Coordinator Carol Mitchell by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.   The recipients of the grants will be announced in December of this year.

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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 intends to further its purpose by awarding financial assistance grants in the following areas:  educational and individual skills improvement; healthcare; economic development; community enhancement; individual and human development; the arts, culture and social welfare; and environmental improvement. The foundation’s board members include Janet Tillotson Munchak, Roswell, GA; Eddie Robertson, Centre, Ala.; Jeffrey Richardson, Cedar Bluff, Ala.; Bill Alico, Buffalo, New York,  Menlo Mayor, Theresa Canada, Menlo; Menlo School Principal, Paula Buice, Menlo; Robert McWhorter, Summerville; Arch Farrar, Summerville; Chattooga County Probate Judge, Gary Woods, Summerville, Carol Mitchell, Menlo serves as Administrative Coordinator for the Foundation. Over the past fifteen years a total of $5,820,767 has been awarded to provide funds for 681 worthwhile projects.   The foundation hopes to award grants for 2021 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.