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Town Offers Grants to Youth Groups for Service Projects

$2,250 to be awarded in 2013 Community Service Challenge.

Southampton Town's Youth Advisory Committee is offering grants to local youth groups to help complete projects that serve the community.

Now in its third year, the Community Service Challenge awards up to $250 toward each project.  A total of $2,250 will be distributed in 2013, according to Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst's office.

“Volunteer service creates an opportunity for young people to demonstrate their concern for others by becoming involved in the community," Throne-Holst said. "The support offered by the youth allows the community to achieve more than would otherwise be possible.”

To qualify for a grant, youth must be an intregral part of the project from conception to completion. Projects must be finished by Aug. 31.

Youth groups that qualify include Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, junior firefighters, school clubs, faith-based groups and informal groups with an adult sponsor, according to the supervisor's office.

“I’ve seen volunteer work unify young people in a positive way and inspire them to continue working to serve the public,” Throne-Holst said.  “I am excited to be a part of bringing this important challenge and opportunity, and I look forward to working with those who are eager to step up and be a part of strengthening our community.”

Applications, which are available from the Southampton Youth Bureau at www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau or by calling 631-702-2425, are due March 15. Grant awardees will be announced by April 1.

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