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Rescue squad giving assets to non-profits

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The disbanded Hillsville Rescue Squad will disburse its cash assets in the form of grants to other community groups.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE  — Officers with the Hillsville Rescue Squad have decided how to proceed with the agency’s last act  — disbursing its remaining cash assets.
The rescue squad has been shuttered since a controversy involving a former captain using an ambulance to move furniture, but the organization lingered as members hoped to resuscitate it.
After clearing out the station on Main Street and selling the equipment and supplies, the rescue squad has set up the process to grant funds to other community organizations.
“The Hillsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will accept proposals from incorporated non-profit organizations who serve the immediate Hillsville area for grants from the dissolution of the squad’s cash assets,” said a news release. “The minimum amount of the grant proposal is $500 and the maximum amount will be $5,000. Depending on the grant awarded, multiple grants may be approved.”
Volunteers say that all proposals need to clearly describe how the funds will benefit the community, who the beneficiaries will be and a time frame for using the funds.
Proposals should be between two to 12 typewritten pages.
Send them to HVRS Grant Proposals, P.O. Box 463, Hillsville, Va., 24343.
Volunteers plan to notify grant recipients by Feb. 28.
After notification, funds should be received within 60 days of the grant approval.