The Marshall County Community Foundation announced the second round of 2018 grants from the Foundation’s Community Fund during an awards presentation held Wednesday, October 17, 2018, in Plymouth, Indiana. Twice each year, nonprofit organizations are invited to submit proposals for new, innovative and collaborative projects.
Members of the community serving on the MCCF Grants Committee evaluate the proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process.
Unrestricted (Community) Fund Grants:
Unrestricted endowment funds are the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s funds in addressing current and emerging needs. Grants from unrestricted endowment funds typically support projects focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation and the environment.
The first grants from unrestricted funds at MCCF were awarded in 1995; since then MCCF has awarded over $3.9 million in total grants to the community from these funds alone. The growth of unrestricted funds now enables MCCF to award more than $223,000 in unrestricted fund grants on an annual basis.
In addition to the MCCF Community Fund, several unrestricted funds also support new and emerging needs. These funds include the Barbara and Ralph Winters Community Fund, the Brian and Patricia Kitch Family Community Fund, the C & M Overmyer Unrestricted Endowment Fund, the iAB Financial Bank Community Fund, the John and Kay Finlay Community Fund, the Philip and Sylvia Bieghler Community Fund, and the Paul and Carol Nye Community Fund.
During the Fall 2018 grant round, $96,293 was awarded to fourteen organizations in Marshall County for the following projects:
- · Adult Education (Marshall County): $2,400 for new Child Development Associate (CDA) training program
- · Argos High School: $2,500 to support spring musical
- · Boys and Girls Club of Marshall County: $8,000 to expand “Littles Program”
- · Community Designation Imagination: $2,500 for construction of monument at early Bourbon cemetery
- · Crossings School of Business and Entrepreneurship: $15,000 to support programming, vocational training and experiential learning opportunities for vulnerable students
- · Culver Boys and Girls Club: $8,588 to enhance new teen center
- · Garden Court, Inc: $50,000 multi-year grant to support Permanent Support Housing project in Plymouth
- · Marshall County Council on Aging: $7,400 for match dollars to purchase wheelchair equipped vehicle to increase mobility for differently-abled residents
- · Plymouth Youth Soccer Association: $800 to purchase soccer equipment
- · Servants at Work (SAWS): $2,700 to build three wheelchair ramps
- · Triton School Corporation: $4,405 to update Automatic External Defibrillator
- · Youth Leadership Marshall County: $2,000 to support program costs
- · Marshall County Council: $50,000 as multi-year grant to support Marshall County Crossroads Stellar projects for David’s Courage ($25,000) and biking/walking trails ($25,000)
- WNIT: $2,500 to support “Our Town: Culver” program