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Deadline set for Ronald McDonald House Charities grant applications

GREATER SPRINGFIELD Currently, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts is accepting applications for grants to be awarded in the first quarter of 2011 the deadline is Dec. 1. To qualify for funding, projects must address and have a measurable impact on children in Connecticut or Western Massachusetts. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide a brighter future for children by opening doors, creating opportunities and offering ongoing support that will have lasting effects on their lives. RMHC makes grants to programs which help children and their families in three main areas: 1) education and the arts; 2) health care and medical research; and 3) civic and social services. RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts is a non-profit organization managed by volunteers who support the McDonald's family. RMHC receives its funding from individual donors who drop change in the McDonald's in-store canisters, Happy Meal sales, fundraisers and through the generosity of McDonald's owner/operators who are committed to the communities they serve. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with 501(c) (3) status in Connecticut or Massachusetts. For more information about RMHC or to apply for a grant, please call Carole Bowman at (860) 659-0514, visit www.rmhc-ctma.org, or connect on the "Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts" Facebook page , located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ronald-McDonald-House-Charities-of-Connecticut-and-Western-Massachusetts/314686151135. Since 1988 RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts has provided more than $6 million to over 400 non-profit organizations, helping thousands of area children lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. RMHC and its global network of local chapters in over 50 countries and regions have awarded more than $460 million in grants and program services supporting children worldwide.

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