Community Foundation Awards Local Grant

A Crothersville group was among those receiving recent grants from the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association received a $1,200 grant for the addition of a throughway between Hamacher Hall and the annex.
The grant is among 20 awarded Oct. 28 by the Foundation through its fall grant cycle, aimed at benefiting residents throughout Jackson County.
The fall grants total $32,536 and increase the total of grants awarded by the Foundation so far this year to $255,703. They include $86,000 in scholarships, $112,617 from endowments for nonprofit agencies, $7,500 from donor advised funds and more than $49,000 in grants to various Jackson County charitable organizations.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the fall grants on Oct. 28 following recommendations from the Foundation’s Grants Committee made up of board members and community volunteers.
“A majority of the grant dollars are funded through what are called unrestricted endowments with the purpose of using earnings from donors’ gifts to benefit Jackson County,” said Dan Davis, President and CEO of the Foundation.
“Our Grants Committee, with the experienced assistance of Vice President Sue Smith, does a thorough job of reviewing applications and conducting site visits to ensure that community needs are being met,” he added.
Unrestricted endowments invest gifts from donors for the purpose of funding grants to assist charitable needs and emerging issues in Jackson County. Currently, donations to the unrestricted endowments administered by the Foundation can earn matching dollars from Lilly Endowment through the GIFT VI initiative.
“All of these endowments and funds have been created through the generosity of businesses and individuals who care passionately about Jackson County and the folks who live and work here,” Davis said. “Their foresight is putting the Foundation’s motto to work by helping grow better tomorrows today.”
The Foundation offers endowment services, gift planning, charitable gift annuities and scholarship administration. For information or to make a donation to take advantage of the Lilly Endowment matching funds opportunity, call 812-523-4483.
The following fall grants were approved:
•Actors Community Theater of Seymour, $1,200 for audio equipment.
•Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, $2,250 for SMART Moves.
•Brownstown Swimming, $2,886 for lane lines and a dolphin timing system.
•Child Care Network, $400 for the CASA program manager to attend the 2015 National CASA Convention; and $1,000 for Kids Fest 2015.
•Developmental Services Inc., $1,000 for the extracurricular clubs program.
•Freeman Field Airport, $1,000 for a Tuskegee Airmen Memorial.
•Girls Inc. of Jackson County, $2,000 for the Teen Volunteer Program.
•Gleaners Food Bank Indiana Inc., $5,000 for the BackSacks Weekend Food for Kids program.
•Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County, $2,500 to help build a house.
•Hoosier Trails Council Boy Scouts of America, $2,000 to replace a severe weather alert siren for Maumee Scout Reservation.
•Houston School Restoration, $1,000 spackling, sanding , vacuuming and painting of interior walls.
•Legal Aid District 11, $1,000 for software upgrades and training.
•Matthew 25 Street Ministries, $2,095 for a second gas range, oven and stainless steel range hood for The Alley Kitchen.
•Riverview Cemetery, $1,000 for the purchase of shade trees.
•The Salvation Army, $1,000 for the Jackson County Emergency Assistance Program.
•Seniors 107 Club, $325 for new senior fitness equipment and programming.
•Seymour Main Street, $2,180 to replace four downtown street signs.
•Special Olympics of Jackson County, $1,500 for uniforms and equipment upgrades.