2020 Choose Henry Grants

HCCF Awards over $267,000 in Community Grants through the Choose Henry Fund

The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) board of directors awarded $267,046 to 42 organizations serving Henry County residents during its spring and fall grant cycles for 2020.  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:


Beautify Knightstown: $2,296 to help promote the Makers Market.

Cardinal Greenways: $2,500 for trail care and maintenance.

Friends of Memorial Park: $21,000 for tennis and basketball court rehabilitation and to refurbish park benches and picnic tables.

Guyer Opera House:  $1,200 for a scene shop toolkit for CAST (Creative Arts Summer Troupe).

Henry County Historical Society: $14,000 for the annex and interurban station preservation.

Knightstown Main Street: $1,500 to support the Summer Concert series.

Lewisville Park Committee: $1,000 to install a 9-hole disc golf course at the park.

New Castle Little League: $10,000 for upper diamond remodel.

New Castle Main Street: $10,000 to help fund a strategic plan for local businesses.

Preserve Henry County: $15,000 for  Wilson’s grocery building window restoration in Spiceland.

Raintree Habitat for Humanity: $3,000 to install a Community Garden.


Aspire Indiana: $1,000 to promote the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program in Henry County.

Blue River Valley Church of the Nazarene: $800 for the Helping Hands Foster Ministry program.

Developmental Services: $3,000 for the continuation and expansion of employment programs and client outings to develop social, interpersonal, and cognitive skills.

Family Services & Prevention Programs: $6,000 for the Baby Bucks program.

First Assembly of God: $1,759 to purchase new freezers.

First Christian Church: $6,000 to upgrade internet connectivity to promote charitable services and provide office space for local nonprofits.

The Guest House: $5,000 to purchase new refrigerators for the shelter.

Interlocal Community Action Program: $13,280 for Safe Sleep for Henry County Babies program and to support a Registered Nurse to work with the local hospital to provide lifesaving screening and diagnostic procedures for women’s health.

Kiwanis Club of New Castle-Henry County: $10,000 to provide 500 pairs of shoes and socks to Henry County children in need.

LifeStream Services: $3,875 to support the Adult Guardianship program.

Raintree Friends Housing: $12,000 for ceiling repair, new dish machine, and professionally clean and paint the kitchen.

The Salvation Army of Henry County: $10,000 to expand the Pathway to Hope program.

Victory Lane Camp: $12,240 to expand existing programs for Henry County families and purchase a media toolkit.


Academy Place Apartments: $5,000 for COVID-19 cleaning supplies and a medical trauma kit.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency: $3,000 for the nutritional supplements program for cancer patients.

Southwest District Ambulance Service: $10,000 to continue ambulance services to residents of SW Henry County.


Dunreith Volunteer Fire Department: $2,251 to purchase a ventilation sabre tooth chainsaw for extraction needs during auto accidents and fires.

Greensboro Volunteer Fire Department: $8,800 to purchase new protective gear.

Henry County Humane Society: $10,841 to update and remodel the kennels.

Kennard Police Department: $2,331 to purchase refurbished radios and equipment.

Knightstown Cemetery Board: $10,000 to upgrade equipment and software for data storage and cemetery mapping.

Knightstown Public Library: $6,000 to upgrade hardware, software, and Wi-Fi capabilities.

New Castle-Henry County EDC: $4,500 to provide Implicit Bias training for Henry County employees.

Spiceland Public Library: $3,235 to replace water heater, repair plaster walls, and seal outside bricks.


Alliance 4 Youth & Families: $13,200 to provide 60 Pre-K children with a research-based curriculum and provide 4 scholarships to early childhood educators for extending training and education.

Believe and Achieve Mentoring (BAM): $4,000 for marketing and promotional materials.

Charles A. Beard Schools: $5,000 to enhance music education in the schools.

Knightstown Intermediate School: $3,000 to help stock Stacy’s Sharing Closet.

New Castle Community School Corporation: $4,200 to purchase seizure readiness kits for all schools in the corporation.

Shenandoah High School: $5,000 to implement the Sources of Strength-Suicide Prevention program.

Union School Corporation: $238 to purchase shelving and storage bins for food/clothing pantry within the school.