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November 26, 2013

Two Walton nonprofit groups awarded competitive grants|

Two nonprofit programs in Walton, both geared toward students, will benefit from recently announced grants, officials involved said Monday.

The Paul G. and Miriam B Mattern Fund, created in 2012, and managed by the Community Foundation for South Central New York, approved the grants in a competitive process involving local volunteers, said Foundation Executive Director Diane L. Brown.

These grants are awarded to “projects that enrich the cultural life and/or the social well-being in its broadest sense, of residents of the village and township of Walton,” according to the release.

The Weekend Backpack Program, based at the Walton United Presbyterian Church, received $2,500 to expand its operations, from 30 to 36 elementary students, and buy such items as shelf-safe milk for packets.

“We are thrilled,” with the funding, program committee co-chairwoman Amy Govern said. It will be used to expand the community program that helps meet the nutritional needs of qualifying students at the Townsend Elementary School, and purchase items not covered by donations.

Music on the Delaware was awarded $1,200 for two school concerts and one student workshop for Walton middle- and high-school students with artist Amy Gallatin and her band Sweetwater.

For 15 years, the group has been bringing musical groups into the Walton Theatre, Music on the Delaware President James Richardson said.

“We try whenever possible to expose students to different types of music,” he said, and the grant will help make that possible.

The fund was created in 2012, by the couple’s family, in their memory and to benefit the community. They were longtime Walton residents, Brown said.

The Community Foundation manages an endowment of funds, either established or contributed to by individuals, families, businesses, foundations and others, according to its website. Since its inception in 1997, it has awarded more than $7.7 million in grants to communities in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counties.

The next deadline for applications to the Mattern Fund is March 4. It is open to 501c3 organizations and range from $500 to $5,000. More information is available at

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