Henry County Community Foundation Awards $103,478.40 in Community Grants

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The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) board of directors approved and awarded $103,478.40 to 24 not-for-profits serving Henry County residents on March 24, 2015. The purpose of these grants is to assist local groups to promote and support human services, arts and culture, health and recreation, civic affairs and the educational needs of Henry County residents.

The needs in Henry County are always changing, making the Unrestricted Fund an essential part of our community.  Individuals have seen this importance and have created named funds within it to further the impact and help more nonprofit organizations. The following grants are awarded through the Unrestricted Fund and the named funds within it.

Art Association of Henry County: (from the Cathy Edwards Named Fund) to assist with a technology upgrade.

CRADLES Child Care, Inc: (from the Patricia Peterson Danielson Honorarium Fund) to provide CPR First Aid instructor training.

Economic Development Corporation (EDC): (from the Dr. Richard and Sally Armstrong Fund) to support the Manufacturing Matters program.

Guyer Opera House: (from Joyce Wilhelm Named Fund) to provide a new auxiliary heating system.

Healthy Communities of Henry County: (from the Albert and Jean Becker Fund) to support the Community Bench project.

Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau:
(from Albert “Bud” and Marilyn Montgomery Named Fund) to assist with marketing brochure update.

Henry County Historical Society: (from the Herb and Judy Bunch Family Fund) for artifact conservation and preservation.

Henry County Pregnancy Care Center: (from Dr. Wylie and Ann McGlothlin Fund) to assist with the purchase of diapers.

Henry County YMCA: (from the Elizabeth Edwards, Mari Anna Johnson, & Niccole de Campos Fund) to support day camp renovation.

HOPE Initiative: (from the Hamm Family Fund) to support the Addressing the Drug Problem in Henry County program.

HOPE Initiative: (from James and Joyce Ray Fund) to install two “pocket parks” in blighted areas.

House of Hope – Madison County: (from the Dr. Robert and Charlotte Rogers Fund) to purchase bus passes for Henry County residents.

Knightstown Elementary School: (from the J. Douglas and Myrna Reeves Fund) to support the Spaceport Round the World program.

ICAP: (from the Jerry Back Honorarium Fund) to support the Healthy Start Pregnancy program.

LifeStream Services: (from the Lewis and Marjorie Larrison Fund) to assist with purchasing a new interurban van.

New Castle Career Center: (from the Dr. David and Lydia Dickey Fund) to purchase career program equipment.

New Castle Little League: (from the New Castle High School Class of 1952 Fund) to support the Bringing Little League to New Castle program.

Raintree Habitat for Humanity: (from the Pritchett Backhoe Service Fund) to assist with the purchase of a new box truck.

Red-tail Nature Conservancy: (from Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Smiley Fund) to assist with the Smith-Crisler Nature Preserve expansion.

Shenandoah Girls Softball: (from the Jean Bond Hough Trust Fund) to provide playground equipment for Middletown Park softball area.

Shenandoah Little League: (from Charlene Harvey- in Memory of Ralph Harvey Fund) to assist with dugout repair.

Shenandoah Middle School: (from Rex and June Slick Family Fund) to support the Ready, Set, Tablet program.

Spiceland Preservation and Tourism Society (SPATS): (From the Thomas and Valorie K. Ratcliff Named Fund) to support the purchase of a heating and cooling system in Hoover Hall.

Wilbur Wright Birthplace & Museum: (from Glen and Roberta Cunningham Honorarium Fund) to assist in sidewalk replacement.

“The HCCF Grants Committee works hard to fulfill the intent of our donors, to support our community groups and organizations and help make a difference in what they do.  Times are tough for all of our non-profits and we are pleased to assist them as they continue helping others in Henry County,” stated Debi Ware, HCCF Grants Committee Chair.

The Unrestricted Fund Workshop for the next grant cycle is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM.  The workshop is required for any interested nonprofit wishing to apply for a grant.  If you would like more information about how to support this program or to submit a request, contact the Henry County Community Foundation at 700 S. Memorial Drive, New Castle, IN 47362, call 765-529-2235, or visit