20 May $103,680 Awarded in Grants to Ten Local Organizations Serving Grant County
The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the recipients of the Give to Grant Cycle as a part of the Give to Grant Collaborative. A total of $63,680 was awarded in grants to eight local organizations along with $40,000 to two Crowdfunding Campaigns for programs and projects supporting positive impact for the betterment of Grant County.
The Foundation is home to a variety of 400+ charitable funds established by generous donors with a passion for supporting worthwhile charitable causes. The Give to Grant Collaborative uniquely consists of endowment funds that were established to provide support for general charitable purposes, identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community. These grants were awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“The Give to Grant Collaborative simplifies charitable giving and philanthropic impact by combining generous donations with others to pool resources and generate something strong and impactful for the community,” says Meagan Mathias, Community Investment Manager. “Every year, the Foundation awards between $1-3 Million in grants to nonprofits, community entities, and college-bound students right here in Grant County. From swing sets and dog parks to gardens and special events, the Foundation funds a variety of causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. This is philanthropy in its broadest sense.”
Below is a summary of how each organization plans to use the awarded funding:
East Central Indiana Robotics – $10,000 to provide robot materials and competition costs for the PhyXTGears Team 1720. In addition to the Give to Grant Collaborative, the Virginia June and Lowell Byron Richards Fund also contributed to awarding this grant.
Firefly Children and Family Alliance (Formerly known as the Children’s Bureau) – $10,000 to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable families in Grant County.
Gas City Police Department – $10,000 to provide bulletproof vests and accessories for 12 Gas City police officers. In addition to the Give to Grant Collaborative, the Law Enforcement Safety Fund contributed to awarding this grant
Hoosier Shakes – $6,200 to purchase an enclosed trailer to transport their stage and associated materials.
Marion Community School of the Arts (CSA) – $5,000 to fund the rights and royalties for the productions in the upcoming season of CSA’s Civic Theatre. In addition to the Give to Grant Collaborative, the Tri Kappa Janet Beer Music Education Fund contributed to awarding this grant.
Meals on Wheels – $10,000 to subsidize meals for those who are unable to afford to participate.
Science Central – $2,500 to provide STEM educational programming for students in Pre-K through 12th grade in Grant County. In addition to the Give to Grant Collaborative, the Ladislas D. Wojcik Fund contributed to awarding this grant.
WonderSpace – $9,980 to bring meaningful play-based STEM experiences to Grant County Pre-K through 4th graders.
Below is a summary of the Crowdfunding Grants Awarded:
City of Marion (Matter Park) was approved for a $20,000 crowdfunding campaign to fund the dredging and renovation of the Matter Park fishing pond. Visit www.GiveToGrant.org/MarionFishing to learn more about this Crowdfunding Campaign.
Habitat for Humanity of Grant County was approved for a $20,000 crowdfunding campaign to fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity of Grant County’s 56th build. Visit www.GiveToGrant.org/HabitatCF to learn more about this Crowdfunding Campaign.
How Crowdfunding Grants work:
The Community Foundation of Grant County website tracks all charitable contributions made by donors for each project. If the organizations meet their fundraising goals, the Community Foundation will award them a dollar-for-dollar grant, matching what they requested in their proposal.
If the organization does not meet its matching goal within 60-days, they will not receive their matching grant from the Community Foundation. They will, however, receive all donations that have been made by their donors for this project.
The Community Foundation is proud to assist these quality organizations in making a positive impact in our community.
Future Grant Cycles:
The Community Foundation offers six grant cycles in total which fund a variety of causes that support the betterment of Grant County: 1) the Designated Grant Cycle, 2) the Third Path Grant, 3) the Give to Grant Cycle, 4) the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Grant Cycle, 5) the CAPE Grant Cycle, and 6) the Scholarship Grant Cycle. Visit www.GiveToGrant.org to learn more or call us at 765-662-0065 for more details.
About the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc.
The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant County area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts. The Community Foundation connects people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact for the betterment of Grant County. Currently the Community Foundation holds over 400 charitable funds that support a variety of charities and charitable causes in Grant County. For more information, please visit www.GiveToGrant.org or call 765-662-0065.