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Want to help youth, history or recreation?

If your group has a project which helps youth, preservation or recreation, you could get some money to help.

We ran a story on the new Duff McDuff Green Jr. fund in June. That fund is now accepting proposals.

The first step in the grant application process is a two-page concept paper, which is due Aug. 15.

“Named charitable funds at the Community Foundation, like Mr. Green’s bequest, are a unique regional asset,” said Foundation Executive Director, Teri McNally. “Our organization is set up to carry local giving just a little farther – when a donor like Mr. Green establishes a fund at the Foundation the issues and causes they care about create perpetual benefits.”

Further details and the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund grant guidelines/RFP can be found on the Community Foundation website or by calling 540/373-9292.

Mirroring the charitable work Mr. Green did in life, this trust is used to promote outdoor recreation opportunities, to preserve cultural and historic assets around the region and to benefit the lives of our area young people. The last Green Fund grant cycle gave $112,000 to area organizations including: Hazel Hill/National Housing Trust, Friends of the Rappahannock, Stafford and Fredericksburg Soccer Associations, Project FAITH, Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Historic Aquia and St. Georges Episcopal Churches, Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, Fredericksburg Cemetery Company, Fredericksburg Area Museum and the George Washington Foundation.

Founded in 1998, the Community Foundation works regionally to bring donors together and build perpetual resources that make our communities exceptional places to live. The foundation offers numerous charitable opportunities for individual and corporate donors and administers a range of giving programs including grants and scholarships. Philanthropy is concentrated in the counties of Caroline, King George, Stafford and Spotsylvania and in the City of Fredericksburg.

The grants for the current grant cycle will:

• Promote recreation opportunities in the community.

They will support projects such as those that increase recreation opportunities or access, build or improve recreation facilities, or provide training or technical assistance which promotes increased physical activity and meaningful outdoor experiences.

• Benefit the region’s youth.

These grants aim to improve the quality of life for youth and the community in which they live. Applicants may provide for one or more of the following: educational, athletic, academic, social, civic, and/or community-based initiatives, which involve or support children.

Advance local historic/cultural preservation.

Grants in this category will work to preserve our community’s most significant and endangered cultural treasures.