In tough economic times, a number of local non-profits are grateful to the Grand Junction Lions Club after the organization presented nearly fifty-thousand dollars in checks Tuesday.
The club gave away nearly $50,000 in funds raised during their annual Carnival Parade. In total, this year, the Club has donated $135,000 in grants to 19 local non-profits.
One of those organizations was the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita.
"Most of the Lions Club money went to repairing a couple of our robotic dinosaurs, partly for their computer programs and largely for re-doing the background setting on one of them," said John Foster, curator of Paleontology.
On Tuesday the following organization received checks:
Dinosaur Journey Museum - $6,300 - Upgrades to displays
Museum of Western Colorado - $10,000 - Computers
Impact Boxing - $5,000 - Gym Equipment
Tamarisk Coalition - $9,400 - Restoration and Education pieces for Watson Island
Center for Independence - $2,000 - Appliances for learning kitchen
Western Colorado Math & Science Center - $5,000 - science traveling experiments
The Business Incubator - $2,000 - Video Lab
The club hopes to raise even more money at their 2010 Carnival.
To apply for a Lions Club grant, pick up an application at Brown's Shoe Fit on Main Street starting Oct. 1. All forms are due Oct. 31.