Officials of the Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund have awarded nearly $20,000 to several community projects when the Foundation’s Board of Directors met Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Newcomerstown Public Library Annex.

The Board of Directors reviews the applications and then makes recommendations to the officers of the Thomas R. Little Memorial Foundation.

The recommended projects included:

• Journey’s End Minstries — Replace furnace and duct work in a portion of their building at a cost of $5,220.

• ARTSNCT — $2,164.56 for a stage sound system.

• Newcomerstown Public Library — $5,000 as partial cost of replacing windows in the Library Annex.

• Newcomerstown Rotary Club —Purchase of 26 flower boxes for Main Street at a cost of $5,980.

• Everal’s Chapel Preservation Society — $1,080 for new front doors in the chapel. It was noted that this organization is not religious in nature. The Society’s mission is in preserving the building.

A discussion was held about how final reports on projects should be submitted. The Fund’s Grants Committee will create a more uniform reporting process.

Ray Booth chaired the meeting. Other members in attendance were Roger Seitz, Sarah Swigert, Lori Stevens and Sandalynn Henry. Also in attendance were Jill Little and Jim Russell from the Fund’s Grant Committee.

The late Thomas R. Little spent most of his adult life working to make the Newcomerstown community a better place and, since his death, his family and friends are continuing that spirit in his hometown.

The Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund is led by Jill Little, president; Erin Peoples, vice president; Rebecca Olding, secretary; Jim Russell, treasurer; and Terry Overholser, member.

The mission statement of the Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund is to produce a positive and sustainable change in the community. Money from donors is invested and part of the earnings provides funds for grants made to organizations devoted to improving the quality of life in Newcomerstown.

Grants are awarded to fund projects that benefit the community in one of the following areas of interest:

• Social Services — to include the support of human service organizations, programs for children and you and services to the aged.

• Education — to include support for programs in pre-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education, scholarships and for special education programs.

• Cultural/Arts — to include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified cultural program that offers widespread participation and appreciation.

• Civic Affairs — to include support of programs related to community development, employment, citizen involvement, leadership training and other general community activities.

• Community Improvement — to include the support of projects that advocate, stimulate and support community vitality, beautification/environmental preservation and adornment.