Community foundation awards over $160,000 in grants

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Christmas came early for 38 local nonprofits this summer, as the Hancock County Community Foundation handed out more than $160,000 in grants through its 2021 annual grant-giving campaign.

Recipients have been stopping by the foundation’s office in Greenfield to receive their checks, the last of which was disbursed this week.

They were awarded a collective $163,810 in grants, which were announced last month.

The Nameless Creek Youth Camp plans to use the $5,000 it received to pave part of its parking lot, in order to make The Lodge at Nameless Creek more accessible.

The camp’s president, Jerry Bell, said he doesn’t know what local nonprofits like his would do if it weren’t for the hard work the community foundation’s board members and staff do to manage and distribute funds.

“They are angels in the flesh,” said Bell.

Joanna Crump, finance director for the Hancock County Children’s Choir, feels the same way.

“The community foundation is critical to the community in many ways. They serve non-profits very well, and the grants one important component of that,” she said.

The choir received a $4,000 grant from the foundation this year to support its operating budget, which covers the director’s salary and venue fees.

“We sincerely appreciate their vote of confidence in our programming,” said Crump.

“They have their finger on the pulse of the community and what’s needed. They have limited funds available and are forced to make tough decisions, so it’s a real compliment to receive funds from them,” she said.

The financial boost is especially needed as the community recovers from the COVID crisis, which hit all nonprofits hard.

“The funds are critical for us being able to continue our programming through these challenging times,” said Crump, who recently helped the choir celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Nonprofits like the choir wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the generosity of the community foundation and the people who support it, she said.

Overseeing the annual grant cycle was a welcome return to normal for foundation president Mary Gibble, who was forced to shift gears and create a community relief fund to help nonprofits in crisis due to the pandemic last year.

Gibble said the work done on this year’s annual grant cycle was a great feeling of returning to business as usual, by helping nonprofits get back to their routine work throughout the county.

Whereas last year’s funds were distributed on an unrestricted basis, this year’s annual grant cycle awarded funds to nonprofits in three different areas: operating, programming and capital projects.

Gibble said it’s an honor for her and her fellow foundation staff and board members to serve the nonprofits which serve the community so well.

“We’re just grateful to donors and to the community that make it possible for us to make these grants. Without the generosity of people who work through the community foundation, we wouldn’t be able to make the significant impact that we’re able to make through grant making” she said.

“It’s all about our donors. It’s really an honor and a privilege to steward those dollars on their behalf.”

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The Hancock County Community Foundation recently awarded more than $160,00 to 38 nonprofits serving Hancock County, through its 2021 annual grant cycle.

Applications for next year’s round of grants will open up to all 501c3 organizations, including churches, in the first quarter of next year.

For more information on how to apply, or how to donate funds to be distributed through the foundation, visit givehcgrowhc.org or call 317-462-8870.

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Following is a list of nonprofits and projects receiving grants from the Hancock County Community Foundation’s 2021 Annual Grant Cycle:

Agape Therapeutic Riding Services, Inc.

Stirrup Success & Recovery (partnership with The Landing and Talitha Koum)

$7,409

Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan

Project Community Shelter

$3,500

Cumberland Metropolitan Police Department

Flock Safety camera

$2,500

Fortville Action, Inc.

Trailer for storage

$5,000

Fortville Christian Church

Civil Design fees towards the new Food Distribution Center for the Fortville Area Resource Mission

$5,000

Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Read out LOUD! Play-based storytime

$4,000

Frenzy Animal Rescue, Inc.

Medical and training funds

$7,850

Friends Of Hancock County CASA Inc.

Technology and books for a professional library

$2,490

Friends Of Recovery, Inc.

Next Steps transitional program

$5,000

Friends Of The Theater – Hancock County, Inc.

Ricks Curtain Project

$3,000

FUSE Inc

Young Adult and Teen Social Program

$5,143

Greenfield Hancock Animal Management

Pre-Adoption Spay/Neuter

$7,850

Hancock 4 Kids

Technology and professional development

$3,000

Hancock County Children’s Choir

Life-skills Mentoring and Performing Arts Program

$4,000

Hancock County Humane Society

HCHS Animal Health and Welfare Fund

$7,850

Hancock County Senior Services

Staying Connected with our Clients – guidance for using client data and getting feedback

$4,000

Hancock County COAD

Disaster Preparedness Program

$3,000

Hancock County Veterans Park

Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Awareness Banners

$1,181

Indiana Women In Need Foundation

Hancock County Survivor Support Program

$3,200

Lambswear

Program growth in Hancock County

$4,000

Love INC Of Greater Hancock County

Expansion of Love INC’s Transformational Ministry Program

$5,000

Meals On Wheels Of Hancock County

Meal Delivery

$5,000

Mental Health Partners Of Hancock County

Behavior Care Assistance Program

$3,000

Mt. Comfort Church

Mt. Comfort Church Gym Floor Replacement Project

$5,000

Nameless Creek Camp

Lodge at Nameless Creek Parking Lot Pavement

$5,000

New Palestine Main Street

Nichols Building interior updates for energy savings, updating and functionality

$3,100

New Palestine United Methodist Church

Celebrations Child Care Ministry & Preschool – Outdoor Recreation Equipment: Noah’s Ark Playset

$5,000

Partners For Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

P.A.W.S. Feline Fix

$7,850

Regreening Greenfield, Inc.

TreeKeeper Urban Forest Management Software and Support

$3,500

Servants At Work, Inc. 

Ramps in Hancock County

$6,000

Shirley Community Visionaries

Shirley Building Facade Improvement

$3,000

Shirley Police Department

Pro-Vision Body Cam

$2,196

Special Olympics Hancock County

Technology

$2,000

The Landing Place

Kitchen Moderinzation/Remodel Capital Improvement Project

$5,000

Town Of McCordsville

Old School Park Project: street light

$3,191

Vineyard Community Church At Mt. Comfort, Inc.

Repairs and updates to the Vineyard Community Church at Mt. Comfort Outreach Building

$2,000

YMCA Of Greater Indianapolis

Hancock County Before and After School, Financial Support for Families in Need

$4,000

Zoey’s Place Child Advocacy Center

Zoey’s Place Programming

$5,000

TOTAL

$163,810

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