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)
Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan
Project Community Shelter
Cumberland Metropolitan Police Department
Flock Safety camera
Fortville Action, Inc.
Trailer for storage
Fortville Christian Church
Civil Design fees towards the new Food Distribution Center for the Fortville Area Resource Mission
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library
Read out LOUD! Play-based storytime
Frenzy Animal Rescue, Inc.
Medical and training funds
Friends Of Hancock County CASA Inc.
Technology and books for a professional library
Friends Of Recovery, Inc.
Next Steps transitional program
Friends Of The Theater – Hancock County, Inc.
Ricks Curtain Project
Young Adult and Teen Social Program
Greenfield Hancock Animal Management
Hancock 4 Kids
Technology and professional development
Hancock County Children’s Choir
Life-skills Mentoring and Performing Arts Program
Hancock County Humane Society
HCHS Animal Health and Welfare Fund
Hancock County Senior Services
Staying Connected with our Clients – guidance for using client data and getting feedback
Hancock County COAD
Disaster Preparedness Program
Hancock County Veterans Park
Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Awareness Banners
Indiana Women In Need Foundation
Hancock County Survivor Support Program
Program growth in Hancock County
Love INC Of Greater Hancock County
Expansion of Love INC’s Transformational Ministry Program
Meals On Wheels Of Hancock County
Mental Health Partners Of Hancock County
Behavior Care Assistance Program
Mt. Comfort Church
Mt. Comfort Church Gym Floor Replacement Project
Nameless Creek Camp
Lodge at Nameless Creek Parking Lot Pavement
New Palestine Main Street
Nichols Building interior updates for energy savings, updating and functionality
New Palestine United Methodist Church
Celebrations Child Care Ministry & Preschool – Outdoor Recreation Equipment: Noah’s Ark Playset
Partners For Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
P.A.W.S. Feline Fix
Regreening Greenfield, Inc.
TreeKeeper Urban Forest Management Software and Support
Servants At Work, Inc.
Ramps in Hancock County
Shirley Community Visionaries
Shirley Building Facade Improvement
Shirley Police Department
Pro-Vision Body Cam
Special Olympics Hancock County
The Landing Place
Kitchen Moderinzation/Remodel Capital Improvement Project
Town Of McCordsville
Old School Park Project: street light
Vineyard Community Church At Mt. Comfort, Inc.
Repairs and updates to the Vineyard Community Church at Mt. Comfort Outreach Building
YMCA Of Greater Indianapolis
Hancock County Before and After School, Financial Support for Families in Need
Zoey’s Place Child Advocacy Center
Zoey’s Place Programming