2023 Choose Henry Grants

HCCF Awards over $453,425 in Community Grants through the Choose Henry Fund

The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) board of directors awarded $453,425 to 45 organizations serving Henry County residents during its spring and fall grant cycles for 2023.  The purpose of these grants is to assist local nonprofits to promote and support social services, arts and culture, health and recreation, civic affairs, and the educational needs of Henry County residents.

The grants were made out of the Choose Henry Fund, formerly the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants, which was established by generous donors across Henry County to help address local needs and enhance our community. Every dollar donated to the Choose Henry Fund makes a difference.  The needs in the county are always changing, making the Choose Henry Fund an essential part of our community.

The following grants awarded through the Choose Henry Fund are:


Art Association of Henry County: Battle of the Bands and the Internship program.

Beautify Knightstown:  Welcome center start up, and the Internship program.

Guyer Opera House: Replace and update the HVAC system in the theater.

Healthy Communities of Henry County: Funds to complete Honey Creek trail corridor addition

Henry County Expo Center, Inc.: Continued construction

Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House: Assist in building a new shed

New Castle Main Street: General operating expenses

Raintree Habitat for Humanity:  Funds to help replace the HVAC system in the store

Rose City Game Library: Improve and replace game storage and add new age-specific games

Young Life Henry County: Assistance with the bus fee for summer camp


SOCIAL SERVICES: $119,785.00

Children’s Bureau, Inc.: Emergency aid in Henry County

Civic Cheer Guild of Knightstown, Inc.: annual Christmas toy drive

God’d Grain Bin: to assist with the addition to the building.

Hope Initiative, Inc: Back to school festival dental screenings

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Food pantry start up

Kennard Krusaders: Expansion of their building, batting cages, and raised bed garden boxes.

Safe at Home: General operation expenses

Secret Families of Henry County: Internship program

Second Harvest Food Bank: Funds for the Big Idea Program in Henry County

The Guest House: Help purchase a new truck for the facility.

The Salvation Army of Henry County: to expand the Pathway to Hope program.

Victory Lane Camp:  Parents night out/kids night in

Westminster Community Center INC: 15 passenger van




Knightstown Kids Inc. Volleyball: New equipment for the program.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency: Nutritional supplements program for cancer patients.

New Castle Little League Softball:  Softball field groomer, and safety catchers gear.

New Castle Community School Corporation: Stop the bleed education & triage and funds to purchase leggings and joggers for the school nurses offices

New Castle Henry County Youth Baseball League Inc.: New catching gear for league teams.

Southwest District Ambulance Service:  Continue ambulance services to residents of SW Henry County.


CIVIC AFFAIRS:  $54,854.00

American Red Cross: Home fire relief assistance for Henry County families.

Blountsville Fireman’s Association:  replacement of medical, ice and water rescue equipment

Dunreith Volunteer Fire Department:  General operating expenses

East Central Indiana Regional Partnership: Video content creation project for Henry County.

Kennard Police Department:  Choking first aid kits

Knightstown Public Library:  Immersive Children’s Music Program

Mooreland Police Department: Portable radios and body armor vests

Mooreland Fire Department: New portable radios

New Castle-Henry County EDC: Childcare survey for Henry County


EDUCATION: $60,181.00

Henry County Extension Office– Area VII 4-H Camp & Teen Leadership Camp

New Castle Community School Corporation: assist with phase 1 of the Bundy Auditorium renovation.

Shenandoah Girls Softball: replaced a set of bleachers

Shenandoah High School: A night out; Prom for individuals with disabilities and annual Christmas drive.

Tri Jr.-Sr High School: IDES Food packing

Wilbur Wright Birthplace: Updated kitchen in community room.

Wilbur Wright Elementary: New playground project