The Germantown Relief Society, a charitable organization established in 1873, is soliciting proposals from nonprofit organizations to become Dispensing Agents for the distribution of funds provided by the Relief Society for the year 2014.

The purpose of the Germantown Relief Society, as specified in its Charter, is β€œto relieve the…poor of Germantown and vicinity by contributing to their aid money, clothing, provisions, medicine and other necessaries of life.”

Dispensing Agents must be non-profit organizations that are registered with a current 501( c )3 status with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that serve the population of Germantown. Funds must be spent on direct aid to individuals in the form of food, clothing, shelter, medicine or other basic needs.

These funds may not be used for general operating costs of the Dispensing Agent. Average grants in recent years have been in the $1,500 to $5,000 range.

Proposals must be received by Oct. 1, 2013. Selected organizations will be notified by the end of 2013, and the funds can be expected to be received early in 2014.

Applications, along with information about the society, can be found online at www.germantownreliefsociety.org. Please send your questions to the society at Germantownrelief@gmail.com.