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Independent Colleges of Indiana is pleased to introduce 31 Answers to Your Questions About College, a new web-portal where students can find relevant information about college, as well as qualify for a $5,000 college scholarship. The 31 Answers portal is aimed at helping students navigate the college preparation and selection process with a special emphasis on the affordability of private colleges in Indiana. Each weekday, from Monday, September 19, to Monday, October 31, ICI will post a frequently-asked question about college (see list attached) on the portal at www.indianacolleges31.org. Each question will be answered by representatives from ICI’s member institutions via videos created on their campus. Alongside these videos will be English and Spanish transcriptions and additional supplemental web resources. Additionally, the website and all its contents will stay up after the campaign ends for students and their families to refer to. At the end of the campaign, students who have followed along can enter into a drawing to receive one of two, $5,000-Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships, sponsored by F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., an ICI Corporate Partner. The scholarship contest will be open to current 8th-12th grade students. Awards can be used at any one of Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit...

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...

Main Street – Marion, Indiana, Inc. 422 E Fourth St. Marion, IN 46952 director@mainstreetmarion.com Taylor Hawk, Executive Director 765-662-1192     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Main Street Marion Announces Courtyard Cafés Main Street Marion is excited to announce their Courtyard Cafés, part of a Summertime in the City series. Much like previous courtyard picnics, the cafés will be held in the 3rd Street Courtyard in downtown Marion. Courtyard Cafés will occur every Friday from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The events will feature a different food vendor each week accompanied by live entertainment. In partnership with the Creative Community, the Summertime in the City series will also include the Downtown Artbeat, which will feature artisan vendors around the courtyard each Friday from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to either bring their lunch or purchase it from the variety of food vendors throughout the summer. The Courtyard Cafés are free to attend. If interested in vendor space, please contact Pamela Schlechty at: cc.grantcounty@gmail.com.   About Main Street Marion: Main Street Marion inspires, unifies and champions the downtown Marion experience through a four-point approach system - design, organization, economic restructuring, and promotions.  Our local Main Street office is your direct connection to the social and business hub of downtown Marion. CONTACTS: Eric Marshall, President 765-243-6495 eric@cliquecreative.com Marc Lobdell,...

Marion, IN – Carey Services has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of high-quality early childhood professionals and programming. This accreditation was earned for the Grant and Blackford classroom programming provided by Carey Services, and this adds value to the early childhood partnerships and services in those two counties. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to this community and the children as we reach the highest professional standards for early childhood education,” said Cathy Queen, director of Early Head Start at Carey Services. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students to assure they are school ready for Grant and Blackford County schools,” Queen added. Carey Services serves 48 children ages 1-3 and their families in classroom settings in Grant and Blackford County, as well as 82 children ages 0-3 and families in home-based programming. Carey Services has provided the Early Head Start program since 1998 and routinely receives high marks in State...

  What is Grant for Grads? The Growth Council created the Grant for Grads in partnership with the Affordable Housing & Community Development Corporation in 2012. The program has since helped over 60 graduates of various colleges, universities, and technical schools find and afford homes in Grant County! Grant for Grads provides financial incentives for both renters and home buyers who choose to live and work in Grant County. Grant for Grads is working year after to year to help Grant County retain some of its most talented graduates. In total, Grant for Grads has given 24 rental incentives and 32 down payment incentives to recent college graduates. Of the home purchases assisted, one home was a new construction and two were substantial home rehabilitations, which promotes Grant County’s residential climate. The program targets graduates of Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor University, Ivy Tech of Marion, and others who are currently employed or have accepted a full-time job offer in Grant County; however, the program has aided graduates of over 15 different universities, revealing that young professionals, from the area or new, are calling Grant County “home”. “This is a great program! I am very impressed that Grant County is offering an incentive to prevent brain...

What is required of a Scholarship Reviewer? First, every reviewer must sign the Family Disclosure and Recusal Form to begin the process.  This is a simple form that asks if any of your family members are in the pool of potential scholarship nominees for a particular Community Foundation scholarship opportunity.  This form allows us to assign applicants to you for review by eliminating any conflict of interest. Second, our application process is all done online.  This is great for you because the review process is done online as well.  You can review from the comfort of your own home on a snowy day, wrapped in a nice warm blanket, wearing your house slippers, and sipping hot chocolate.  We won't judge! Also, we are using a new online software system that makes the entire scholarship process more user-friendly for everyone involved.  Yeah Technology!  But if you do run in to trouble and just can't quite get it, send us an email or give us a quick call.  We would be more than happy to help you. Finally, what does the actual review process look like after signing the recusal form? It's a simple 4-step process: Log on to the website Read the criteria for the scholarship Review the student's information Score the list of students We so appreciate...

Main Street – Marion, Indiana, Inc. 422 E Fourth St. Marion, IN 46952 Taylor Hawk, Director 765-662-1192 director@mainstreetmarion.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GRANT COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADER RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEERISM: Dawn Brown Recognized As One of Indiana Main Street Volunteers of the Year Presented by OCRA MARION, IN (December 4, 2015): A Grant County leader and community volunteer is being recognized on a statewide level for her involvement with Main Street Marion, a non-profit in Grant County focused on downtown revitalization and economic stimulation. Main Street Marion representatives and peers rallied together to nominate Dawn Brown for Indiana Main Street’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award for 2015 (through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs) after reflecting on all of the work she endured to catapult transformation into Downtown Marion.   Brown is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Grant County, but wears many other hats, and even carries various shovels. Early this year, she joined efforts with Main Street Marion’s Design Committee, and not only brought ideas and resources to one table, but coordinated a team of more volunteers and partners, herself included, to take the design of Downtown, Marion to the next level. She connected MSM with the local parks department and influenced...

Give Where You Live.  That's what it's all about right?  If you are a donor at the Community Foundation, you know how easy it is to give where you live.  You understand the significant impact your gift makes in Grant County when you donate to the Foundation. Here at the Foundation, we believe donating should be easy.  Our job is to connect people who care with causes that matter—and to make that connection as simple as possible. If you are not yet a Community Foundation donor you may be asking, how can I donate?  How can I give where I live?  It's super easy! Listed here are three easy ways to donate at the Community Foundation: Stop by the office with your cash or check made payable to the Community Foundation. Mail your check to the Foundation office at 505 West Third Street Marion, Indiana 46952. Donate online at GiveToGrant.org/Marketplace. And, what’s equally easy and amazing when making these cash donations is that you can dedicate your gift to anyone you know or love.  Donations can also be made in honor of or in memory of a special person.  Whether the occasion is happy or sad, making a donation in someone’s name is a nice tribute.  These donations will help to create a lasting legacy...

Someone once told me, “If Clorox Bleach, the county fair, and M&M’s could all use your mission statement, then it’s probably not tight enough.”  True enough.  That’s the beauty of the Community Foundation of Grant County.  Our target area is easily defined in our very name…Grant County.  And our mission is true to form:  Connecting people who care with causes that matter.  So, in our little section of the world it’s paramount that we do our best to help the most generous people in our community find the most worthy causes in our community.  I guess we’re like philanthropic matchmakers…not eHarmoney, but pHarmony! So, when we began noticing ‘donation dumpsters’ littering the parking lots all across our community, we thought we should check them out.  Sure, the bins seemed to provide a concrete convenience and their request to feed them with donations pulls at your emotional heartstrings…seems like a match made in heaven, right?  Wrong.  This is what common-day marketers refer to as sticky. The old Trix Cereal campaign from the 1960s (YES, that long ago!) was sticky; Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.  The message sticks with you even after all these years.  Sticky messages are straight forward, yet tug at your...