HANCOCK COUNTY — The Community Foundation of Hancock County doled out nearly $200,000 to 32 organizations last week through its annual 2024 grant cycle.

Recipients gathered May 16 at the Thrive Center in Greenfield to celebrate the monetary gifts made possible by the generosity of those who have donated funds to the foundation.

The 2024 Annual Grant Cycle was open to any 501(c)3 or charitable tax-exempt organization serving Hancock County, with this year’s grants focusing on capital improvements and program and project support.

Individual grants ranging from just under $2,000 to $10,000 covered a wide gamut of services, including health and wellness, social services and animal welfare.

Six organizations received grants for $10,000 each, including Greenfield Hancock Animal Management, which will use the funding for pre-adoption spay and neuter services.

Hancock Co. Humane Society will use its $10,000 grant for new cat cages while Frenzy Animal Rescue will use its same-size grant for medical treatment.

On the social services side, Alternatives Inc. was awarded $6,000 for outreach to domestic violence survivors while Firefly Children and Family Alliance was awarded $5,000 to host a community baby shower.

The Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County was granted $5,000 to purchase furniture for its new Fortville club site, and the Hancock County Food Pantry was granted $5,000 for a new outdoor walk-in freezer.

The community children’s theater troupe — KidsPlay, Inc. — received just over $6,100 to purchase a new trailer while Love INC was awarded $5,000 to support its Faith & Finances program.

Just over $196,000 in grants were awarded in all.

Gifts were made from the foundation’s unrestricted resources and field of interest funds.

According to a foundation press release, “Field of interest funds allow donors to address a cause or issue of particular importance to them without being locked into naming specific charities. The donor names the purpose of the fund, such as arts, animal welfare, environment or youth.”

Following is a full list of 2024 grants and recipients:

Agape Therapeutic Riding Services

The Good Horse Project


Alternatives Inc.

Reaching domestic violence survivors


Boys and Girls Clubs of Hancock Co.

New Fortville Extension Club Furniture


Firefly Children and Family Alliance

Community Baby Shower


Fortville Christian Church

Van for collecting donations


Frenzy Animal Rescue

Medical funds


Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

School-based pantry at Mt. Vernon schools


Greenfield Hancock Animal Management

Pre-adoption spay/neuter services


Hancock Co. Food Pantry

Outdoor Walk-In Freezer


Hancock Co. Historical Society

Chapel Carpet Upgrade


Hancock Co. Humane Society

New Cat Cages


Hancock Co. Senior Services

Local match for vehicle grant


Hancock County Visitors Bureau, Inc.

New movie projection screen


Hancock County Youth Assistance Program

Youth mentoring and tutoring


Hancock Regional Hospital

Health Care SANE Project


Hope House Programming

Staff salary support


KidsPlay, Inc.

New Trailer


Little Red Door Cancer Agency

Cancer support services


Love INC

Faith & Finances program


Meals on Wheels of Hancock Co.

Meals for indigent and at-or-below 100% poverty level


Mental Health Partners of Hancock Co.

Family and student counseling assistance programs


Nameless Creek Camp

Website update



Kids Riding Bikes program


Partners for Animal Welfare Society

Spay/neuter program


Shades of Becoming a Mom

Hope Matters project


Shirley Volunteer Fire Department

Ambulance cot replacement and loading systems


Special Olympics Hancock Co.

Equipment for athletes


Sugar Creek Township Fire Department

Expansion of drone program


Talitha Koum Women’s Recovery House

Substance abuse recovery programming


Vineyard Community Church at Mt. Comfort

Food budget


Women’s Resource Center of Hancock Co.

Capacity expansion


Zoey’s Place Child Advocacy Center

Child abuse prevention programming materials for Hancock County schools