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Foundation establishes emergency fund for Ashland, Bayfield nonprofits

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation created the 2016 Natural Disaster Immediate Response Fund to support area nonprofits with grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 in response to recent flooding and wind damage in Ashland and Bayfield counties.

The funds are designed to help nonprofits that suffered damage from the storms of July 11 and 21 so they can continue to perform vital services in their communities.

The Community Foundation operates two charitable funds in the region. The Apostle Islands Area Community Fund serves Bayfield, Madeline Island and Red Cliff, and the Chequamegon Bay Area Community Funds serves Ashland, Red Cliff and Washburn.

"At a time when our communities' needs are significant, it is critical that our nonprofits are equipped with the resources needed to best serve the families and individuals most affected by the recent storms," said Eric Grutzner, advisory board chairman of the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund.

Karen Crowell, advisory board chairperson of the Chequamegon Bay Area Community Fund, said: "The grants from this fund will give nonprofits the extra dollars needed to meet increased community demand for goods and services."

Donors also can contribute to the fund by sending checks to either the Chequamegon Bay Area Community Fund or the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund at P.O. Box 332, Bayfield, WI, 54814, or by contributing online at dsacommunityfoundation.com with credit cards or electronic fund transfers.

"We are rallying our community to raise money for resources that will provide short- and long-term relief for nonprofits that are equipped to help families and individuals affected by the recent flooding and storm damage," said Meghan Dennison, the community foundation's affiliate officer based in Bayfield. She works with nonprofits, individuals and groups throughout the region covered by the Apostle Islands and Chequamegon Bay funds.

The Natural Disaster Immediate Response Fund will focus on three priorities:

* Rebuilding nonprofit stability for highly effective organizations whose capability for mission fulfillment was substantially reduced by the storms. Priority will be placed on organizations that provide vital flood relief or contribute to the broader vitality and resilience of the region. Organizations working in all five community foundation interest areas — the arts, community and economic development, education, the environment and human services — are eligible to receive support from this fund.

* Addressing systemic issues resulting from the storms, including but not limited to mental health and housing needs.

* Assisting individuals and families with direct assistance in the form of money, services or goods provided by nonprofit organizations.

Grant proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning immediately. Requests will be reviewed and decided promptly. Interested nonprofits are asked to first submit an inquiry, preferably online, at dsacommunityfoundation.com/grants or by email to mdennison@dsacommunityfoundation.com.

For more information, contact Dennison at 715-779-7021 or mdennison@dsacommunityfoundation.com.

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