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:

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·         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.