Fairfield Community Foundation to help 2 charities, but you can determine how much they get

One of the highlights of the Fairfield Community Foundation’s annual celebration is its annual Grant Challenge.

The Grant Challenge is for non-profit organizations who serve greater Fairfield. Each non-profit must submit an application of a project for consideration. Two finalists are chosen by the foundation’s grant committee.

The finalists are required to submit a 3-to-5-minute video about their organization and project. The audience at the event will vote to determine the winner by a show of hands or cellphone light.

The winner of the Grant Challenge will receive $3,500 and the second place winner will receive $1,500. This year’s finalists are Badin High School and Dougie and Ray’s.

Badin High School’s Project is “Outside The Box.” Badin students will create and distribute age appropriate art supply boxes for youth in the community. “Outside the Box” is meant to reach children with a variety of backgrounds who may not have the means to purchase, access or opportunity to have their very own art supplies. Upon opening the box of safe, non-toxic art supplies, children will be presented with various media and tools to become immediately engaged and invited to think outside the box.

Dougie and Ray’s was started by a Fairfield High School graduate who wanted to give back to the school and its students. The proceeds of the grant will help assist in helping provide Christmas for approximately 100 students of Fairfield Schools. It will also help fill the nurse’s closet, providing shoes, underwear and clothes for those children that may be in need.

To attend the foundation’s 20th annual dinner, or to vote in the fourth annual Grant Challenge, tickets are still available at www.fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org or by calling 513-829-6355.

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