The Summit Area Public Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to organizations serving people with special-needs.
SAPF is a charitable community foundation supported by personal donations. The special-needs grants comprise more than 40% of the total awarded by the foundation in December 2011.
Ranging from $2,600 to $35,000, the grants will help provide these services:
· Improving physical accessibility and purchasing appropriate furniture for adults living in facilities operated by Our House Foundation (two grants).
· Early intervention services and parental education for students at the P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls.
· A parent-and-infant program at the Summit Speech School.
· Aid for a community-based jobs program at the Childrens Institute in Verona.
· A hippotherapy program offered by ECLC of New Jersey, which operates non-profit schools and programs for the learning disabled. Hippotherapy is physical therapy involving a horse.
The Summit Area Public Foundation fosters area-wide philanthropy by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. It made 47 grants during 2011, totaling more than $500,000.
SAPF is managed by a volunteer board. Grant applications are reviewed by a group of trustees who recommend awards to the full board. Grants are awarded twice a year.
With assets of about $14 million, SAPF’s administrative costs are 1%. It has no paid staff.
For more information about SAPF and additional details on its grants, visit sapfnj.org.