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CENTRAL COAST — Applications will close Nov. 30 for the 2023 McDonald’s Golden Grants program benefitting education and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eureka, Salinas-Monterey and the Central Coast that better the lives of children ages 5 through 18 sharing $40,000 throughout the region.

McDonald’s owner/operators across Northern California through the Central Coast areas will be selecting the applications from school programs and nonprofit organization programs that fuel the imagination, education and growth of students, as recipients of a McDonald’s Golden Grant.

In the program’s first year, the program was awarded a total of $25,000, and is now entering its second year with $40,000 to award to deserving organizations.

From the inaugural 2022 program, Soledad High School won $1,000 for their Ceramics program, enabling students to create ceramic pieces to include pinch pots, coiling vases, calaveras, holiday projects and more. (Contributed)

“Giving back to the community runs as deep as the ketchup in our veins,” said Suzette Hofman, a local McDonald’s owner/operator. “We see the need in our communities and have continued our Golden Grants to help strengthen organizations that enrich the lives of local children.”

This year, 17 Golden Grants will be awarded in the following amounts based on creativity and hands-on application of projects: one grant for $10,000, two grants for $5,000, four grants for $2,500 and 10 grants for $1,000.

Qualifying activities include arts programs, education initiatives, mentorship and empowerment programs, after-school programs, community service, sports activities and technology.

Winners of the Golden Grants will be announced on Jan. 15.

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