Grant County Community Corner

What could one kernel of grain do for Grant County? Since the Community Foundation was established in 1984, over $16.8 million has been paid back to our community in the form of grants and scholarships! And because of the Community Foundation’s endowment, these grants and scholarships will continue to be awarded each year to worthy causes in our community, forever. Donors plant the seed by making gifts to the Foundation. Those gifts are invested; the value grows. That endowment income awards grants to charitable causes in our community.   As you consider ways to give back to our community, please consider a gift of grain. Why the Grant County Farmers’ Fund? Gifts to the Community Foundation’s Grant County Farmers’ Fund are utilized to support programs, equipment, materials, and resources for local nonprofit agencies and our community’s residents. These dollars do more than just purchase needed resources: they bring people together, provide safety, serve those less fortunate, create recreational opportunities, improve aesthetics, and bring life and love to the word “community”. Donations given locally invest in our community. Your gift of grain will leave a legacy in Grant County that will live on forever!  How does it work? In order to be IRS compliant, you must transfer the grain...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com Launches Today (MARION, IN) May 23rd, 2017 – Ever wondered what’s going on in Grant County? Have you exhausted yourself looking at multiple calendars from media outlets while trying to discover what’s out there to do? Well, now there’s a solution to the confusion and overlap…an inclusive system to see events happening in Grant County. And you’ll be amazed at what all is really happening. ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com was established by multiple organizations within Grant County who care about informing the community and visitors of the huge array of events going on, but also about keeping event organizers informed of other scheduled events in order to prevent conflicts with other similar events. After a two-week social media soft launch, today is the official launch of ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com, an interactive community calendar that enables the community to submit and find events of broad interest. ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com is a free tool for the public to promote community events and activities, and is specifically designed to house information about special events and public meetings. The calendar may be used to promote educational, social, cultural, or recreational events in Grant County, Indiana that are open to the general public, sponsored by non-profit, civic, social, charitable, fraternal...

The Community Foundation of Grant County has recently been re-accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence. We work to connect people who care with causes that matter. National Standards says that we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and is a promise to our community that we’ll continue to do this good work together, right here in Grant County. National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving. To receive accreditation with National Standards, The Community Foundation of Grant County submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 41 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. For more information about National Standards, visit www.cfstandards.org....

We Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jinglin’ with Santa Grants for Grant County Nonprofit Organizations Santa Claus is coming to Grant County Nonprofits. But he wants to hear from YOU! Write a letter to Santa’s Elves at The Community Foundation for your chance to Deck the Halls for our local 501c3 charitable organizations. Now through noon on Monday, December 12th, we invite you to write a letter to Santa about a Grant County nonprofit you believe is making a difference in our community. Be sure to tell Santa in your letter, the name of the organization, the organization’s contact information, the impact they make in our community, and why they are important to the future of Grant County. To qualify, the organization must be a 501c3 charitable organization that benefits Grant County. Letters must be received by noon on Monday, December 12th at the Community Foundation of Grant County Office, located at 505 West Third Street, Marion, Indiana 46952. Santa’s Elves will make early deliveries of Santa Grants on Friday, December 16th. Announcements will be made on the Community Foundation’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), the website (www.GiveToGrant.org), and to local media outlets. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity,...

For Immediate Release September 14, 2016 The Refinery Business Center announces new Director MARION, IN – The Refinery Business Center announced a new Director of Community Relations Wednesday. Marion native and Indiana Wesleyan graduate, Jess Holland is excited to get started as Director of The Refinery. "I'm looking forward to meeting Grant County entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Holland. After graduating from Eastbrook High School and IWU, where she earned a General Studies Degree with a focus in Graphic Design, she continued to work in Marion and has become a strong advocate for Marion and is eager to get involved in building the community. “I just love this community and see so much potential and opportunity for growth,” said Holland. She hopes to serve Marion and Grant County by working with other local organizations to provide resources to create and grow jobs in the community. As she gets started in her role at The Refinery, she'd be so excited if you stopped by and introduced yourself. “Connecting with entrepreneurs and business owners will be a big focus of my role here,” she said. Coincidentally, former Director, Alexis Deirker, is leaving to devote more time to growing her photography business, Alexis Imagery. Alexis will also be supporting another successful local entrepreneur, Cathy Kerton-Johnson,...

Greetings! Main Street Marion has a unique opportunity through partnering with the News Herald to do a profile on a downtown business once per month!  As downtown stakeholders, they want to highlight your businesses and tell your stories! If your business would like to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the News Herald, please fill out the survey below, and return it to Main Street Marion at: director@mainstreetmarion.com Please respond to each question in full sentences, as this question and answer format will go directly into the newspaper. Thank you all for everything you do for downtown Marion! Taylor Hawk, Executive Director Main Street Marion | director@mainstreetmarion.com 422 E Fourth Street | Marion, IN 46952 | 765-662-1192   Small Downtown Business Survey  1. Why did you decide to open your own business? 2. Why did you choose to open it downtown? 3. What do you like/love about downtown, Marion? 4. What are some important features of your business? 5. What do you wish people knew about your business? 6. What advice do you have for someone wishing to open a business? 7. What would you like to see downtown? 8. What is your greatest need? 9. How do you hope to grow/improve in the next 3-5 years? 10) What is the best way for people to find out more about...

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS A PROACTIVE GRANT TO THE MARION POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR PROTECTIVE BODY ARMOR The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. will award a proactive grant for $13,600 tonight at Marion’s Concert in the Park event to the Marion Police Department for the purchase of protective body armor (rifle plates and carriers) for their 68 police officers. Executive Director Dawn Brown stated, “After a few conversations with Chief Haley and Deputy Chief Kenworthy, I learned of MPD’s need to upgrade their current body armor.  Essentially, soft body armor vests are excellent for fragmentation and pistol protection but will not stop rifle bullets; therefore there was a pressing need to provide iron rifle plates and the carriers or vests that have the necessary pockets for such plates.  Police work is growing increasingly dangerous in times such as this.  Therefore, as a demonstration of confidence and support in our local law enforcement agencies, the Community Foundation utilized the entire balance of the Law Enforcement Safety Fund as well as an additional grant from the Irving Family Fund to fulfil the current need of the Marion Police Department.” Thankfully, in 1993, donor Bill Jackson established the Law Enforcement Safety Fund for the sole purpose...