By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force: Creating Opportunity
You thought the Mission Store in Alliance was just a place to drop off used items to be sold. Or, with its large selection, a great place to purchase those gently used items. But the Mission Store does so much more, including offering mini-grants to non-profit organizations in Box Butte County. Now is the time to submit those requests for funds!
The Mission Store accepts donated clothing and household goods to reuse and recycle. Clothing, shoes, and accessories are sold for all ages. Other goods that can be found in the store include kitchen items, furniture, books, and games. A section of the store is set aside for holiday decorations.
The Mission Store is more than just a used clothing and miscellaneous store. They are a non-profit organization, run solely by volunteers. Outside of funds needed for building maintenance, cleaning, and utilities, all money earned is used to benefit our Box Butte County area and our people!
Who is helped with the funds from the store’s sales? The Mission Store helps to fund the Indian Mission Church of God, the Alliance Ministerial Association, and the Backpack Program. In addition, last year $65,000 was given to non-profits in our county through the Mini-Grant Program.
All organized, non-profit groups are eligible for funds through the Mini-Grant Program, which must be used for projects that will benefit the entire group. Funds, if awarded, must not be used for salaries, insurance, or operating expenses.
Forms for Mission Store grants may be picked up at the Mission Store, 302 Box Butte Ave, Alliance, during store hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.
Applicants should include in their proposals:
*The name and description of the program or event they are requesting funding for.
* An explanation regarding how the grant funds will be used.
*A description of the target audience.
* The program goals and expected outcome.
*A statement explaining how the funds will assist in making the program a reality.
Completed applications are due October 15, 2023. They must be returned to the store, either in person or by mail. Applications submitted through the mail must be postmarked on or before October 15, and none will be accepted after that date. They may be mailed to: The Alliance Mission Store, P.O. Box 179, Alliance, NE 69301.