The Foundation gives more than $55,000 to local organizations

By Mishele Wright

The Community Foundation of Grant County awarded more than $55,000 in grants during the month of September.

According to Program Manager Ashley McKnight, organizations that received the funding were:

  • Cardinal Greenway, Inc. $10,000 to correct a massive Deer Creek and Cardinal Greenway bank erosion problem.
  • Hands of Hope/Family Service Society, Inc. $5,800 to help assist Grant County victims of domestic violence.
  • Grant County Stand Down $3,500 to help with costs for Grant County Veterans Stand Down.
  • Gas City Rescue Squad $10,000 to replace outdated rescue equipment.
  • Mississinewa Valley Band $9,608 to purchase music equipment.
  • Gilead Ministries $6,500 for a new copier.
  • Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, Inc. $10,000 for property repairs.

Linda Taylor, director of Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, said she was overjoyed to get the money, which will be used to help clean up the exterior of the property, located at 2301 S. Adams St.

The retaining wall around the parking lot and in front of the building needs redone, and the parking lot needs repaved. Some of the grant money has already been spent on removing bushes on the side of the building, which had been difficult to maintain.

“Our building itself is in immaculate condition, but the exterior of the property has issues,” Taylor said.

Masonry work, in addition to the installation of a new rail, should begin sometime this week, weather permitting.

The wall started breaking down a few years ago, and vandalism has caused further deterioration.

“We’re excited to get this done,” she said. “As it is right now, it’s not a safety hazard, but it could become one if left alone.”

Altogether the work will cost about $12,000, with $2,000 coming from the organization.

She said she’s thankful for the Foundation, the United Way of Grant County and other business and person donations the organization benefits from.

“The Community Foundation came to our rescue,” Taylor said. “We appreciate them so much. This isn’t something we would’ve been able to afford.”

According to a news release from the Foundation, the exact amount of the awards was $55,408. In November, the Foundation will have $77,694 in grant money available to local nonprofits.

In the spring, it will award a grant called “What’s the Big Idea?” to a local nonprofit for up to $150,000.

Nonprofits that would like to be considered for funding in the November cycle can apply now at The Foundation will be flexible in its grant-making decisions, but it has specific funds available for:

  • Youth-related projects and programs
  • Support for young women’s causes
  • The needs of children and the elderly
  • Aid and support of Grant County residents who are leukemia victims
  • The City of Marion International Walkway of Lights
  • Programs supporting children suffering from life-threatening illnesses
  • Programs to support sports for disadvantaged youth in Grant County
  • Programs to support Marion Luther King celebrations in Grant County
  • Body armor and safety equipment for a Grant County law enforcement agency
  • Programs to aid abused and neglected women and children
  • Educational needs of Grant County

For more information about the Foundation or the grants available, call 662-0065.

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