Since its inception in 2003, the Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund has had many donors and support for its fundraisers. With these donations, the TRLMF has been able to invest the funds, give over $40,000 out in scholarships and establish a basic fund of $100,000 which will enable the organization to operate for generations to come.

While maintaining the basic fund at $100,000, TRLMF will make 100% of earning from that fund and residual funds from previous years available for grants. Current year contributions will be included at the end of each fiscal year. This will put donations to work in the community rather than accumulating in a bank account.

The trustees of the TRLMF will use a grant application process and a Grants Committee to determine which projects will be funded by TRLMF. It is the trustees’ goal to have these grants produce positive community benefits and to enable everyone to be involved in helping to improve the Newcomerstown community.

"We are excited to have reached the point and want everyone to know that there is no such thing as a ‘too small donation’," said Jill Little, president of TRLMF. "By rolling all our donations together we can make out community better. We also can’t wait to see what ideas our grant applicants have for helping achieve more."

The Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund is a tax exempt 501C 3 charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

For anyone who would like to contribute, checks can be made to the Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund and mailed to either 774 Cross St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or to 7028 Bill Johns Road, Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or deposited in the TRLMF account at the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union. There is also a webpage, www.trlfund.org) with information about contributing with a credit card or their PayPal account.

The TRLMF board of directors said they were proud to announce the fund will make $15,000 available for grant funding in 2018. Grant application forms are downloadable from the webpage. Applicants will have two opportunities to submit 2018 requests. Completed applications should be submitted by March 1 to be considered in the initial round.