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McDonald House Charities now accepting grant applications

Date: 7/23/2010

GREATER SPRINGFIELD Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts is accepting applications for grants to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2010. The deadline is Sept. 1.

To qualify for funding, projects must address and have a measurable impact on children in Connecticut or Western Mass-achusetts.

Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations that provide a brighter future for children by opening doors, creating opportunities, and offering on-going 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, or connect on the "Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts" Facebook page.

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.