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Rotary looking to fund more local projects

The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie has cash burning a hole in their pocket. The next deadline to apply for funding is this Friday, and President Dave McRae says they’re still looking for more groups to reach out.

“We’re encouraging community groups with worthy projects to please go to our website, download an application package, and send them in.”

There are allocations of up to $5,000, and ones for greater than that. The allocation committees meet quarterly and aim to give out their entire budget.

“We want to give our money away,” says McRae, “but if we don’t give it away we’ll just put it back in the pot it will be dealt with next quarter.”

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The next deadline for applications will be September 15, 2018.

The rotary club just finished handing out cheques to the last of the 20 community groups that helped sell tickets for the 2018 Dream Home. Work is already underway on the 2019 home, which has a new builder and new location.

The 26th edition will be located in Carriage Lane Estates and High Mark Homes Ltd. will be building it. Owner/CEO Carston Siebert says they’re happy to be involved again.

“We did the Dream Home four years ago and frankly it was a great experience. It’s a terrific community fundraiser and it allows us to be involved in giving back to our community.”

Siebert adds that the next home should be completely different than anything seen before, calling it a “modern-day farmhouse” with a contemporary design.

Carriage Lane Estates was home to the Rotary Dream Home from 2013 to 2015, before things moved to Taylor Estates. The plan is to open for viewings by Christmas.

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