GRM Networks awarded a total of $3,750 as part of the company’s Community Improvement Grant program. Organizations receiving funding in the first semiannual distribution for 2023 are the Mercer County Area Development Corporation of Princeton, Missouri; Leon Community Playground Committee, Leon, Iowa; and Denver Community Betterment of Grant City, Missouri. All were awarded a $1,250 grant.

The Mercer County Area Development Corporation (MCAD) and its Bella Boutique, a new resale thrift store in Mercer County, will use their grant to help offset startup costs associated with the store. Funds generated from the thrift store will be distributed through grant applications from area organizations. The MCAD has also designated 50 percent of the thrift store’s earnings to support a county-wide daycare program in Mercer County.

The Denver Community Betterment will use their grant to help fund materials for repairs to the Denver School House which was built in 1870. The historical school houses and maintains community records.

The Leon Community Playground Committee will use their grant to enhance the Leon community’s current playground and recreation area by building a new inclusive playground for children of all ability levels.

Applications for the next distribution of grants are being accepted now through November 1, 2023. Grant amounts vary, with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,500 awarded to successful applicants. The Cooperative’s Board of Directors will review applications and award grant amounts.

Applications may be downloaded by visiting grm.net/about-us/grants/. Questions regarding grant applications should be directed to Amy Davison at 888-748-2110 or adavison@corp.grm.net.