Mark Holmes, John Torres and Carlin Volkmer at the Exchange Club’s July 4 Parade.

Exchange Club volunteers roll up their sleeves all year to raise funds to benefit Lake Highlands. Every March, they collect applications for their Community Grants Program in a quest to fund a small number of projects which will have a significant impact on the organization and the community as a whole.

ECLH wants to hear from you if your local nonprofit provides programs or services which: work to prevent child abuse; provide medical care, emergency shelter and services for victims of domestic violence; provide educational programs or equipment at local public schools; promote patriotism and honor our democratic heritage; recognize persons serving the U.S. military, local police or fire department; and/or promote community pride and spirit.

ECLH doesn’t typically fund standard operating expenses for organizations. Instead, their goal is to fund up to $25,000 for capital projects such as STEM labs, learning centers or vehicles. In 2018, they donated $10,000 to Box 4 Firebuffs to help replace one of the customized vehicles it uses to support Dallas Fire and Rescue personnel. In 2020, they partnered with the Jordan Spieth Foundation, Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League and Lake Highlands Women’s League to build the All Abilities Playground at Flag Pole Hill.

Exchange Club grants are made in addition to the group’s service projects throughout the community, organization of local events, and awarding of college scholarships for LHHS seniors.

The application may be found online here, and the deadline is March 24. Recipients will be notified in May. More information may be found on the ECLH website here.