Daviess County Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications For Community Good Grants

The Daviess Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good grants program. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Daviess County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support, or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome on or before November 1, 2021.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess/grants.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.254.9354 or via email losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Gibson County Community Foundation Seeking Grant Applicants

The Gibson Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is August 5, 2021.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Gibson County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/gibson-discretionary-grant. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email on or before November 1, 2021.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

Posey County Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Posey County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is August 5, 2021.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Posey County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/posey-discretionary-grant/.  

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

Spencer County Community Foundation Awards 10 Grants Over $34,000

The Spencer County Community Foundation recently presented grant awards totaling over $34,000 to 10 organizations serving Spencer County. The grant recipients are as follows: Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, Grandview Civic Association, Santa Claus Police Department, Christian Resource Center, Bread of Life Ministry, Inc., Spencer County Habitat for Humanity, Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, Town of Gentryville, Success Through Mentoring, and American Red Cross. The grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing to and contributing to funds held by the Foundation.

Junior Achievement (JA) of Southwestern Indiana was awarded $4,250 to serve 839 students through a combination of both in-classroom and/or virtual experiences. JA serves students at schools within the North and South School Corporation. The Community Foundation funds used to support this grant were: AK Steel Fund and Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund. 

Grandview Civic Association was awarded $6,000 for the purchase of supplies and materials to repair the exterior of the Grandview Civic Center. The building is utilized for community meetings, events, gatherings, and festivals. The Community Foundation funds used to support the grant were: Trustee Community Fund and Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund.

Santa Claus Police Department was awarded $2,924 for the purchase of four Axon body cameras to be worn by officers when on duty. The Community Foundation funds used to support the grant were: Cevin and Debra Collins Family Fund and Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund. 

The Christian Resource Center was awarded $5,500 to purchase items and equipment to expand the Food Pantry to a larger and more efficient building. The goal of the expansion is to increase food availability to all clients regardless of age groups and to increase the visibility of the food pantry thus allowing to serve more families and individuals whom are food insecure in Spencer County. The Community Foundation funds used to support the grant were: Ruby L Winkler Family Fund and Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund. 

Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. was awarded $2,100 to cover the cost of freight for donated food and to purchase food items at a discounted cost to distribute to low income families. The Community Foundation funds used to support the grant were: Todd and Angie Ruxer Family Fund and Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund.

Spencer County Habitat for Humanity was awarded $6,000 to cover the cost of plumbing in the new home for a low income Spencer County family. The Community Foundation funds used to support the grant were: Thermwood Fund and Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund.

Lincoln Hills Development Corporation was awarded $1,000 to provide emergency preparedness kits for elderly and preschool children to help prepare them for disasters and emergencies. The Community Foundation fund used to support the grant was: Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund.

The Town of Gentryville was awarded $1,434.98 for the purchase of two medical bags for patrol cars and one AED for the Town Hall. The Community Foundation fund used to support the grant was: Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund. 

Success Through Mentoring was awarded $2,600 for the purchase of materials and equipment for the new community garden project in Richland, IN.  The Community Foundation fund used to support the grant was: Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund. 

American Red Cross was awarded $2,500 to fully fund one blood drive in Spencer County.  The Community Foundation fund used to support the grant was: Mike and Mabel Mason Ryan Unrestricted Fund. 

These grants are made possibly by generous donors that created Community Good Funds with The Spencer County Community Foundation. Funds can be established at any time by contacting Mary James, Regional Director of Development at 812.649.5724 or mjames@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Spencer County Community Foundation Awards Over $21,000 in Community Scholarships

The Spencer County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $21,800. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Alvey says, “The Spencer County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Spencer County students are outstanding.”  

This year’s scholarship awards are:

The Brauns Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Thomas and Vicki Brauns to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School who have attended at least two years at Luce Elementary School and are pursuing post-secondary education. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $700 is Evan Lehr, a senior at South Spencer High School.  Evan is the son of Dick and Sherry Lehr.  Following graduation, he plans to attend Ball State University and pursue a degree in Music Media Production.    

The Friends of IU Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Michael and Mary Schriefer and Larry and Charlene Hess to provide scholarships to Heritage Hills High School graduating seniors who plan to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Rachel Martin, a senior at Heritage Hills High School. Rachel is the daughter of Ryan and Sally Martin. Following graduation, she plans to attend Indiana University to study Law and Public Policy. 

The Friends of Pioneer Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Pioneer sales representatives in the LPH Territory to support the educational endeavors of high school graduates and graduating seniors who have a parent employed in the agriculture industry.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Braili Schipp, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeremy Schipp and Amy Dilger.  Following graduation, Braili plans to pursue a degree in Agribusiness Management at Purdue University.

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christina Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursuing post-secondary education. The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Kyla Peter, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Darrell and Lynn Peter.  Following graduation, Kyla plans to pursue a degree in Data Science at Indiana University.    

The Harold and Thelma Hunter Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Harold Hunter by his wife, Thelma Hunter, and their children to help graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursue advanced education. The recipient of the $500 scholarship is Braili Schipp

The Mabel Mason Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the estate of Mabel M. Ryan to advance education in nursing and medicine. This year’s $2,500 scholarship recipient is Brooklyn Turner, a senior at South Spencer High School.  Brooklyn’s guardians are Ricky and Tammie Roth.  Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at University of Evansville.

The Mike Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Mabel M. Ryan in memory of her husband to benefit graduating seniors of any Spencer County high school pursuing post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $2,500 scholarship is Trent Seitz, a senior at South Spencer High School and the son of Andrew and Krista Seitz.  Following graduation, Trent plans to attend Owensboro Community and Technical College to study Diesel Mechanics.    

The Narl and Hazel Conner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Deann Siegel, Keith Conner, Ron Conner, and Eric Conner as a loving tribute to their father and mother to benefit Heritage Hills High School seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university. This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Kylee Appman and Elizabeth Mehling.  Kylee is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Neyenhaus. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to study Civil Engineering. Elizabeth is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of William and Laura Mehling.  Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University.

The Othmar and Virginia Ringeman Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Othmar and Virginia Ringeman to support secondary education of Heritage Hills High School graduates.  This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Grace Gasaway, Christopher Peter, Nevah Barnett, and Kyndall Jordan.  Grace is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Ryan Gasaway and Rebecca Gasaway. Following graduation, Grace plans to study Computer Science/ Physics Education at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis. Christopher is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Dale and Lori Peter.  Following graduation, Christopher plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Nevah is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jason and Sarah Barnett. Following graduation, Nevah plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at University of Southern Indiana. Kyndall is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of John and Beth Ann Jordan. Following graduation, Kyndall plans to attend Western Kentucky University to study Communication Sciences and Disorders.   

The Raleigh and Thelma Abshier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jeaniece Scheessele to advance education in honor of her parents to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School pursuing post-secondary education.  This year’s $200 scholarship recipient is Evan Lehr.   

The Spencer County Farm Bureau, Inc. Educational Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Spencer County Farm Bureau to assist students pursuing post-high school educational programs. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $900 is Aubree Brown.  Aubree is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Kimbery and Henry Brown, Jr.  Following graduation, Aubree plans to study Public Relations and Advertising at University of Southern Indiana. 

The Spencer Industries Incorporated Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Spencer Industries Incorporated employees to further the education of natural, adopted or step-children of employees, recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential.  This year’s recipients, receiving $2,000 each are Claire Snyder, Victoria Hartwig, and Dylan Hagedorn.  Claire is a 2019 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Kerry and Vickie Snyder.  Currently, Claire is attending University of Dayton; Dayton, Ohio to obtain a degree in Music Therapy.  Victoria is a 2020 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Benjamin and Theresa Hartwig.  Currently, Victoria is attending Western Kentucky University to obtain a degree in Psychology.  Dylan is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Phillip and JoAnn Hagedorn.  Following graduation, Dylan plans to attend Indiana University to study Management. 

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

Perry County Community Foundation Awards Over $20,000 In Community Scholarships

The Perry County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $20,200. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Alvey says, “The Perry County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Perry County students are outstanding.”  

This year’s scholarship awards are:

The Birch and Ruth Shafer Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Ruth Shafer through her estate to benefit a graduating senior of any Perry County high school.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,000 is Sara Crafton, a senior at Cannelton High School.  Sara is the daughter of Doyle and Starr Crafton.  Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue a degree in Nursing. 

The Branchville Correctional Facility Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Branchville Correctional Facility in memory of former employees to encourage current employees and their dependents to further their education and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $900 is Cassidy Weatherholt, a senior at Cannelton High School. Cassidy is the daughter of Kandy Weatherholt and Mark Weatherholt. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue a degree in Biology. 

The Buehler Foods Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Buehler Foods to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school demonstrating good academic standing.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Morgan Judy, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Ryan and Angel Judy.  Following graduation, Morgan plans to pursue a degree in Finance at Indiana University Southeast.

The Cecil and Olive Foster Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Olive M. Foster to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school planning to pursue post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Mariah Rainbolt, a senior at Cannelton High School.  Mariah’s guardian is Kelly Claxton. Following graduation, Mariah plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at Indiana University.    

The Charles S. (Blackie) and Rose H. Paulin Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Betty Lou Paulin Gast in memory of her parents.  This scholarship benefits Perry County residents who are considered non-traditional students and pursing post-secondary education at any accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school.  The recipient of the $900 scholarship is Martha Thomas.  Martha is the daughter of Paul and Diana Scott and is currently studying to receive her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Ball State University.

The Earl and Hazel Etienne Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by their children in memory of their parents. This scholarship was created to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school planning to major in education and pursue a career in education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Kassidy Strahl, a senior at Tell City High School.  Kassidy is the daughter of Aaron Strahl and Stephanie Strahl.  Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University.

The Edgar and Evelyn Whitcomb Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Edgar and Evelyn Whitcomb to encourage Perry Central High School students to further their education and to achieve maximum scholastic potential.  The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Isabelle Ball, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Phillip and Leah Ball.  Following graduation, Isabelle plans to pursue a degree in Biology and Chemistry at Indiana University.  

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christina Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Perry Central High School pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient is Alyssa Hill, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of William and Jessica Hill.   Following graduation, Alyssa plans to pursue a degree in Arts Management at Indiana University.

The Harriet and Don Neill “Perry County Values” Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Harriet and Don Neill to help graduating seniors from Perry Central High School further their education.  This year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient is Courtney Kaiser, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Paul and Angela Kaiser.  Following graduation, Courtney plans to attend PJ’s College of Cosmetology to become a Cosmetologist. 

The J. Matthew Moore Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Matthew Moore by his wife, Lucy Goffinet, and his parents, John E. and Ann C. Moore, to help students pursing advanced education. The scholarship is for graduating seniors of Cannelton High School or Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Mariah Rainbolt.

The John Marion Walker Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the John Marion Walker Scholarship Trust to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School or Perry Central Junior-Senior High School pursing post-secondary education at any Indiana institution of higher learning.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Morgan Judy

The John Williams Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of John Williams by his parents, Jim and Earla Williams, and his brother, Logan Williams to honor John’s love of working on vehicles.  This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Courtney Kaiser

The Mark “Flash” Kleeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Mark “Flash” Kleeman by his wife, Angie, children, Brandon and Angel, and his extended family. This scholarship is to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School, Perry Central Junior-Senior High School or Heritage Hills High School who plan to continue their education or training at any accredited trade or vocational school.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Landon Mullis, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Scott and Ginger Mullis.  Following graduation, Landon plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Agribusiness. 

The Mildred Wempe Memorial Scholarship 1 is an annual scholarship created by the Clayton Harris Memorial United Methodist Church in Tobinsport to benefit graduates or graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursing education for a career in medicine or healthcare.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Sarah Froehlich, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of John and Sherelyn Froehlich.  Following graduation, Sarah plans to obtain a degree in Chemistry at University of Connecticut.

The Mildred Wempe Memorial Scholarship 2 is an annual scholarship created by TCB Bank to benefit graduates or graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursuing a career in nursing.  This recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $300 is Cole Johnson, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Jeffery and Vanessa Johnson.    Following graduation, Cole plans to attend University of Louisville to pursue a degree in Nursing. 

The Old National Tell City Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Old National Bancorp to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursing post-secondary education of any kind.  This year’s $450 scholarship recipient is Alyssa Hill.

The Perry County 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by David and Evelyn Adams to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school who have been a member of 4-H for at least five years.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Liam Gogel, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Darin Gogel and Lagina Winders.  Following graduation, Liam plans to pursue a degree at Purdue University.   

The Perry County FOP Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Lodge 173 of the Perry County Fraternal Order of Police to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursuing a career in law enforcement or a related field. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Caleb Peter, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Michael and Ginger Peter.  Following graduation, Caleb plans to attend Vincennes University to study Criminal Justice.

The Robert E. Boyles Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Beverly C. McGee in memory of her friend to benefit a graduating female senior of Cannelton High School.  The recipient of this year’s $400 scholarship is Cassidy Weatherholt

The Rose Hazel Gabbert Paulin and Charles S. (Blackie) Paulin Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Kenton A. and Betty Paulin Gast in memory of Betty’s parents to benefit graduates of any Perry County high school pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Valerie Kehl, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Eric and Amy Kehl.  Following graduation, Valerie plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at University of Southern Indiana.  

The Sam K. Oberhausen Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony H. Oberhausen in memory of their son to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Levi Nash, a senior at Tell City High School and the son of James Nash and Sherrie Meserve.  Following graduation, Levi plans to attend Purdue University to study Computer and Electrical Engineering. 

The Sam Reed Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Ralph and Rose Reed in honor of their son, Sam, and his remarkable achievements in life.  This year’s scholarship recipient in the amount of $300 is Caitlin Taylor, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Chris Taylor and Tonya Coomer.  Following graduation, Caitlin plans to study Psychology and Education at Western Kentucky University. 

The Stacey Peak Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created to honor Stacey Peak, who was a victim of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Zachary Goffinet, a senior at Tell City High School and the son of Nicole Goffinet.  Following graduation, Zachary plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.   

The Wendell Werner and Loretta Werner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Old National Trust to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $250 scholarship is Sarah Froehlich.

The Zachary Kleemann Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jim and Kathleen Kleemann in memory of their son to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School.  The year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Madalyn Rogers, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Kassandra Rogers.  Following graduation, Madalyn plans to attend Michigan State University to study Environmental Engineering.

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

Daviess County Community Foundation Awards Over $68,000 In Scholarships

The Daviess County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $68,500. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided scholarships to 36 area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Lauren Osmon states, “The Daviess County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Daviess County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the family of Derek Ray Arvin, class of 2014, to benefit a Washington High School graduating senior. The award is available to Washington High School seniors with at least one varsity level IHSAA award and activity in a club other than sports. Selection is based on financial need, the applicant’s level of athletic involvement and their participation in a faith community. This year’s award is $1,000 and the recipient is Friday Htoo.   

Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Ronald Todd Beasley by his parents, Ronald Lee and Diane Beasley; his brother, Dr. Harley Scott Beasley; and friends. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who demonstrate qualities associated with a good moral character and citizenship. This year’s $1,500 award recipient is Reid Morris.

Fraternal Order of Police Washington Lodge 101 Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Lodge 101 of the Washington Indiana Fraternal Order of Police. The award is available to graduating seniors of any Daviess or Martin high school pursuing post-secondary education in law enforcement or a related field. This year’s award is $2,400 and the recipient is Emma Williams, Washington High School.

Ronald Frette and Ann Frette 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the Daviess County 4-H Club Association in honor of long-time supporters, Ronald and Ann Frette. Daviess County residents who are graduates of a Daviess County high school and pursuing post-secondary undergraduate studies or training may apply. Applicants must have participated in a Daviess County 4-H program for at least five years, completed at least two 4-H projects during each of those years, and maintained a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average during high school. Applicants must also demonstrate personal interest in and positive attitude toward continuing their education and demonstrate good moral character. This year there are three awards of $800 each and the recipients are Faith Dalton, Olivet Nazarene University; Kaelyn Klopfenstein, Taylor University; and Noah Meece, Indiana State University.

Lawrell Ray Hilgeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Veale Creek Players in memory of Lawrell Ray Hilgeman. Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college, university, or vocational institution and have been involved in productions at the Veale Creek Theatre or in the performing arts. This year’s award is $900 and the recipient is Magdalena Miller, Barr-Reeve High School.

Leonidas (Lon) R. Horrall Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Patty A. Summers in memory of her father. The award is available to graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school or non-traditional students. Applicants must have participated in 4-H and be planning to pursue a degree in agri-business or nursing at Vincennes University. This year’s award is $1,000 and the recipient is Ellie Swartzentruber, Barr-Reeve High School.

German American Bancorp Scholarship is a scholarship established by Peoples National Bank of Washington. It is open to seniors from any Daviess County high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average planning to major in a business related course of study. Selection is based on academics and leadership skills. The $1,000 award recipient is Megan Marner, North Daviess High School.

Steven L. Gines College Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by friends of Steven L. Gines in his memory. It is open to graduating seniors of Washington High School who have completed college preparatory classes in high school and have been involved in the arts. This year’s $400 award recipient is Adam Arthur.

GPC Washington Employees Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the employees of Kent-Grain Processing Corporation in Washington to encourage the dependents of employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. This year there are four recipients receiving an award of $1,500 each. They are Kaelyn Klopfenstein, Taylor University; Faith Dalton, Olivet Nazarene University; Madalyn Haycraft, Pike Central High School; and Karen Rivas-Morales, Washington High School.

David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Cathleen M. (Lynch) Kendall in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school who attended Lena Dunn Elementary School may apply. This year’s $1,000 award recipient is Maria Jose-Vicente, Washington Catholic High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Marilyn Wallace by her husband Lewis and her daughter Marcia McConnell. Graduating North Daviess High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education in health or health-related fields are eligible for this award. This year’s $500 recipient is Marcy Knepp.

McCall Family Teachers Scholarship is a scholarship established by the John and Anna McCall Trust Fund to provide scholarships to graduates of North Daviess High School who are pursuing a career in teaching with an emphasis in fine arts or elementary education. This year there are two students receiving $500 awards: Dryce Graber, North Daviess High School; and Jeffrey Mayfield, Indiana University.

McKinley Vance Agri-Business Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lucile Vance in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of Daviess County Schools with a scholastic rank in the upper third of their class may apply. Applicants must have participated in 4-H for at least four years and be pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture. This year the $900 scholarship is awarded to Gracie Madison, Barr-Reeve High School.

North Daviess Scholarship is an annual scholarship fund established by the North Daviess Academic Opportunity Alliance (formerly known as North Daviess Dollars for Scholars Program) to help North Daviess students pursue advanced education. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School planning to pursue a degree at any accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This year there are two recipients receiving $750 each: Kristen Howard and Joshua Krusenklaus.

Lenore Overholser Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Lenore Overholser by her daughter, Kay Sander, and grandsons, Chad Sander and Craig Sander. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) majoring in education at any accredited college or university may apply. This year’s $500 award recipient is Dryce Graber.

Dwight Risley Scholarship is a scholarship established by Martha Risley Reiners in memory of her husband. The fund typically awards multiple graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school for tuition, books, and required fees of post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate good scholastic standing and financial need. This year there are eleven students receiving a $2,000 award. The recipients are Alida Ajradinoska, Washington High School; Kristen Howard, North Daviess High School; Jacie Graber, North Daviess High School; Katie Wagler, Barr-Reeve High School; Megan Marner, North Daviess High School; Selena Mascorro, Barr-Reeve High School; Trinity Gingerich, North Daviess High School’ Madison Harris-Gist, Barr-Reeve High School; Claire Fox, Washington Catholic High School; Joshua Krusenklaus, North Daviess High School; and Tracy Stoll, Barr-Reeve High School.

Jo Ann Shawhan Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by John Shawhan in memory of his wife Jo Ann to benefit Daviess County students pursuing a nursing degree at Vincennes University. This year’s awards total $4,000 and the recipients are Lendsey Jerger, Washington Catholic High School; Madelyn Metzger, Washington High School; and Abigail Wagler, Barr-Reeve High School.

Sheldon Matthew Smith Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gregory A. and Natalie J. Smith in memory of their son, Sheldon (1993-2006). Graduating seniors of Washington High School and Washington Catholic High School planning to pursue a degree in writing (literature, not journalism), computer graphics, computer game design, computer art design, or computer animation, computer programming, and/or web design at an accredited institution. This year’s $400 award recipient is Jaydee Dant, Washington High School.

William and Mary Summers Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by William E. Summers and the late Phillip M. Summers in memory of their parents. Graduating seniors of Washington High School planning full-time enrollment at Vincennes University are eligible with preference given to students majoring in Business or Education. This year’s award is $500 and the recipient is Madalyn Metzger, Washington High School.

Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Maxine Williams in memory of Charles and Maxine to benefit North Daviess High School graduating seniors. Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This year four North Daviess students are receiving $1,150 each. The recipients are Mya Knepp, Kelsey Howard, Jacie Graber, and Joshua Krusenklaus.

In addition, the Community Foundation administers the Daviess County Lilly Endowment Scholarship program. This year, 19 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the Community Foundation awards scholarships to those students who are alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by donors to the Friends of Daviess County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded this year is $15,000. The recipients are Gracie Madison, Barr-Reeve High School; Sophia Davis, Washington High School; Megan Marner, North Daviess High School; Katie Wagler, Barr-Reeve High School; Meagan Miller, Barr-Reeve High School; Margaret Bassler, Washington Catholic High School; Reid Morris, North Daviess High School; and Marcy Knepp, North Daviess High School.

The 2021 Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient is Audrey Wright of Washington High School.  She has accepted a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship Program. The Community Foundation accepted applications and a volunteer selection committee made up of community leaders completed the review process for this award with final selections being made by Independent Colleges of Indiana.

The Community Foundation County Advisory Board would like to thank the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

City Of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) Now Accepting Letters of Inquiry For Annual Grants

The City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for capital projects that serve the City of Evansville. The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville. In 2020, the CEEF awarded grants totaling $442,172 to 20 nonprofit organizations in Evansville.

Only nonprofit organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) will be considered for funding. Applicant organizations must serve within the city limits of Evansville, Indiana. At least 60% of grant funding will be distributed for activities to support or benefit the 4th and 6th wards of the City of Evansville. Proposals will be considered to enable nonprofit organizations to:

  • Acquire, construct, or renovate permanent facilities used to provide social and community-based services and activities.
  • Construct or renovate facilities that promote the arts, culture, and/or tourism. Construct or renovate parks, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities that are designed for the public.
  • Acquire, for neighborhood revitalization, property that is blighted, appropriate for rehabilitation, or needed for the development of housing for low- to moderate-income persons.
  • Supplement or replenish existing municipally operated loan programs in pursuit of new economic development opportunities.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry by June 25, 2021, by completing the online form. Funding guidelines, application instructions, and the link to the online grant management system can be found at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund/.

The concept of the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) originated in 1994, when then-Mayor Frank McDonald II and the City Council proposed that $5 million of gaming boat revenue be invested to serve the City of Evansville forever. The CEEF was subsequently established as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., with annual earnings allowed for grantmaking each year. The CEEF is administered by the Alliance, and a separate board of directors oversees all CEEF governance and grantmaking decisions.

Betty Ann McCullough Educational Funds Award $27,990 in Grants

The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced grant recipients of the three Betty Ann McCullough educational grants programs. The Betty Ann McCullough Education Seminar and Convocation Grants Program, the Betty Ann McCullough Enrichment Project Grants Program, and the Betty Ann McCullough Teaching Achievement Grant Program provide funding for educational programs in Gibson County.

These programs are made possible through the generous support of Betty Ann McCullough who was an educator for the North Gibson School Corporation for more than 40 years, and a strong supporter of education in her community. Along with a number of civic memberships, she was a member of the Gibson County Community Foundation Advisory Board. She passed away in 1997.

Through the three programs, grants totaling $27,990 were awarded to the following organizations:

South Gibson School Corporation received a $1,000 grant for use by Betty Ann McCullough Teaching Achievement Grant recipient Jane Toth. Jane is a teacher at Gibson Southern High School and plans to participate in a special Advanced Placement training course over the summer to help her students prepare for their AP exams.

Princeton Community Intermediate School received a $1,000 grant for use by Betty Ann McCullough Teaching Achievement Grant recipient Brooke Reed. Brooke teaches 5th grade mathematics. According to her peers, she always works to find creative ways to make challenging lessons attainable for all students.

Oakland City University was awarded $6,000 for the Acorn Academy. The academy provides weekly tutoring sessions for East Gibson county students at grades K-6th.

Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library received $540 for the Read and Feed Program. Read & Feed is an innovative story time program that combines literacy with cooking, while addressing the delicate issue of food insecurity.

Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation received a $9,600 grant for A Night at the Museum. This program will allow patrons to enjoy an interactive and educational night of history as they experience history coming to life in a lantern-guided journey through time.

Princeton Community Intermediate School received a $5,000 for the Carl Anderson Writing Seminar. The goal of the seminar is to equip teacher with tools to help improve students writing scores.

Princeton Public Library received $4,000 for Community STEAM Enrichment Programs. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Programs will provide hands-on activities and informational seminars for community members with primary focus of ages 16+.

Saints Peter and Paul School was awarded $850 for the Move to Succeed Program. This grant will be used to purchase classroom items that will help enhance student academic environment so that they will be able to absorb more of their grade level curriculum. 

Donors like Betty Ann McCullough allow the Gibson County Community Foundation to fulfill their charitable goals by structuring funds that are customized to fit their unique goals. If you are interested in setting up a fund, please contact Rachel Purviance, Regional Director of Development at rpurviance@communityfoundationalliance.org or 812-386-8082 to discuss your legacy of giving.

Spencer County Community Foundation Announces Women’s Fund Grant Opportunity

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation Women’s Fund is now accepting applications for charitable projects or activities in Spencer County for awards up to $5,000.  The Women’s Fund invites charitable nonprofit organizations to apply for the grants by completing a grant application describing how their organization would use the award.  Grant applications will be accepted from June 14 to July 16, 2021.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other nonprofit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

The types of charitable activities that may be supported through this grant program include arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, environment, recreation, and youth development projects and programs.

The grant application process will be conducted online via the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer. The Women’s Fund grants committee will review funding requests and contact grant applicants if additional questions arise. Upon completion of the review, the grants committee will make recommendations on funding to the Community Foundation. Notification of the grant awards will be made in August 2021.

For additional information and questions, please contact Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.547.3176 or ealvey@communityfoundationalliance.org

The Women’s Fund is one of Spencer County Community Foundation’s endowment funds producing annual grants or scholarships.  For more information about setting up your own endowment fund, please contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at mjames@communityfoundationalliance.org.   

Knox County Community Foundation Awards Over $20,000 In Scholarships

The Knox County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $20,100. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to 13 area students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regularly scheduled scholarship breakfast for fund founders and recipients was cancelled.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Lauren Osmon states, “The Knox County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our youth has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Knox County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather.  Heather was a fire fighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and this scholarship benefits a student who is a member or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department.  This year’s award is $1,000 and the recipient is Jacob King, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship established by Dr. Brian Arnold and his family in memory of his son Zack.  Since golf was important to Zack, the scholarship benefits Knox County seniors who have participated on their school golf team. This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Emma Robinson, Rivet High School.

The Persis McClure Hurst Memorial Scholarship was established by Sarah H. Keller in memory of her mother.  It benefits graduating seniors of any Knox County High School planning to attend any Indiana college or university, and demonstrate an interest in English or history.  This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Cavan Lemberg, North Knox High School.

McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship Committee.  It benefits a graduating senior at any Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $600 scholarship is Lauren Haveman, South Knox High School.

The Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship was established by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with St. John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year’s $3,000 scholarship recipient is Brittany Page, North Knox High School.

The James (Jim) Jenks Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by friends of Jim Jenks to help graduating seniors of Knox County pursue advanced education. Jim was an avid golfer, so recipients must have been a member of their school’s golf team during their senior year of high school. This is the first year for the award. There are two recipients of $500 each: Lauren Haveman and Zac Schmidt, both of South Knox High School.

The Kathleen W. Rinsch Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship established by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. She was a former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School and started this scholarship to encourage recent graduates and non-traditional students to pursue higher education in the field of education. The recipient of the $600 scholarship is Olivia Kroeger, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The Robert W. Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her husband Robert. The scholarship is awarded to a student at Lincoln High School who has participated in arts/technical theater, choir or band and who has participated in theatrical productions. This year the $400 scholarship recipient is Jacob King.

The Roger Montgomery, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was established by Sue Montgomery in memory of her husband Dr. (Walter) Roger Montgomery, a Vincennes nephrologist. It is available to graduating seniors of any Knox County high school or certified home school program who are pursuing post-secondary education. This year the $2,000 scholarship recipient is Riley Petro, a senior at North Knox High School.

The Schott North America Scholarship was established by Schott North American to encourage children of Schott North American, Inc. or Gemtron Corporation employees to further their education. This year the $1,500 scholarship recipient is Caroline Kroeger, Washington High School.

The Southwest Indiana Purdue Scholarship was established by the Knox County Purdue Ag Alumni. It is open to students in Knox, Daviess, Greene, Sullivan, Pike, and Gibson Counties who are pursuing a degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette. This year’s $1,000 award recipient is Keri Steckler, Gibson Southern High School.

In addition, the Community Foundation administers the Knox County Lilly Endowment Scholarship program. This year, 21 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the Community Foundation awards scholarships to those students who are alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by donors to the Friends of Knox County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded this year is $6,000. Recipients are Ella Hays, South Knox High School; Alaynie Mize, South Knox High School; William Staggs, South Knox High School.

Phoebe Worstell of North Knox High School is the 2021 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient. She will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. After graduation, Phoebe plans to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. The Community Foundation handles the applications, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

The Knox County Community Foundation County Advisory Board would like to thank the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families.  We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

Knox County Community Foundation Announces Target Lasting Change (TLC) Grants Initiative

The Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for its Target Lasting Change (TLC) grants initiative. Proposed projects must strategically address the pressing community need of Increased Economic Opportunity and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served, and/or the broader community. The deadline to submit an LOI is Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Some of the topics identified as needs connected to Increased Economic Opportunity include workforce development, broadband access, infrastructure, mental health, and poverty- but there are undoubtedly many more. The Community Foundation welcomes creative approaches aimed at improving life in Knox County.

All LOIs will be carefully review by the TLC Grants committee, and finalists will be invited to submit a full application for further review. All organizations submitting LOIs will be notified of the outcome via email by June 11, 2021.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox/grants.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to first contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.254.9354 or via email losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Join The Women’s Fund of Spencer County In Paying Tribute To Special Women In Honor Of Mother’s Day

The Women’s Fund of Spencer County is conducting their annual Mother’s Day campaign. This year, Mother’s Day will be observed on Sunday, May 9th, a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the beloved women in your life.  As we embrace this observance, we hope you will consider a gift that allows her honor or memory to be a special part of our legacy.

The Women’s Fund of Spencer County is a group of visionary women focused on making a difference in our community. Honoring special women in your life allows the fund to grow, which provides annual grants that support the vital services, programs, and activities our local charitable partners provide.

Every day, women make positive contributions to Spencer County; and when visionary women band together, they have an even greater impact.  We invite you to join us and make a special Mother’s Day gift honoring the beloved women in your life by making a donation to the Women’s Fund of Spencer County.

Gifts to the Women’s Fund of Spencer County can be made online through our online donation portal at communityfoundationalliance.org/spencer, or mailed to the Spencer County Community Foundation, PO Box 3, Rockport, IN 47635.

For questions about this campaign or the Women’s Fund of Spencer County, please contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at mjames@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Betty Ann McCullough Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

The Betty Ann McCullough Education Seminar and Convocation Grant Program, the Betty Ann McCullough Enrichment Project Grant Program, and the Betty Ann McCullough Teaching Achievement Grant Program are now accepting applications. These three grant programs are administered by the Gibson County Community Foundation. The application deadline is April 9, 2021.

Betty Ann McCullough was an educator for the North Gibson School Corporation for more than 40 years and a strong supporter of education in her community. Along with a number of civic memberships, she was a member of the Gibson County Community Foundation Advisory Board. She passed away in 1997, after which the funds and grant programs were established in her memory.

The Betty Ann McCullough Education Seminar and Convocation Grant Program serves to provide funding to public and private schools in Gibson County for the purpose of hosting educational seminars and convocations  to  enhance the knowledge and skills of educators in science, mathematics, and language arts. The Betty Ann McCullough Enrichment Project Grant Program serves to provide funds and challenge grants to schools, libraries, and other public education organizations based or having substantial programs in Gibson County.

The Betty Ann McCullough Teaching Achievement Grant Program awards a public school educator for outstanding dedication and success in improving the mathematics or language arts skills and knowledge of students in the public schools of Gibson County.

For additional information about eligibility and requirements, please visit the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/gibson/grants/.

Warrick County Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

The Warrick County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Warrick County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project, but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project. Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/warrick-cg/.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.429.1191, ext. 106 or via email shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 19, 2021. 

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Vanderburgh County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project. Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Vanderburgh/grants.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.429.1191, ext. 106 or via e-mail (shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org)

Women’s Fund Of Daviess County Announces Annual Grant Cycle

The Women’s Fund of Daviess County, a fund of the Daviess County Community Foundation, is now seeking applicants for charitable projects or activities aimed at improving the quality of life for Daviess County families. Funding to support a charitable project or program of up to $10,000 is available.

Applications will be accepted online until midnight on Monday, March 22, 2021. After a review by the Women’s Fund volunteer grant selection committee, applicants will be notified by April 30, 2021 whether or not they’ve been selected as a finalist. Each finalist will be requested to provide a brief written summary of their project to the Women’s Fund membership. After reviewing the finalist projects, the Women’s Fund membership will cast their votes via mail, and the organization whose request receives the majority of votes will be awarded the grant.  No lobbying or solicitation of Women’s Fund representatives is permitted.

The types of charitable activities that may be supported through this grant program include arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors and activities that will improve the quality of life for families in Daviess County.

Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Daviess County. Nonprofit organizations that are not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the program or project is charitable and meets certain criteria.

For additional information about eligibility and requirements, as well as to begin the online application process, please visit and carefully read through the Women’s Fund Grants Program information on the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

For assistance with the application process or for additional information, please contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org or 812-254-9354. The Women’s Fund is supported through private donations. To donate or learn more about becoming a member of the Women’s Fund, contact Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development at mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org or 812-254-9354.

Posey County Community Foundation Announces Women’s Fund Grant Opportunity

(Mount Vernon, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation Women’s Fund is now accepting applications for charitable projects or activities in Posey County. The Women’s Fund invites charitable nonprofit organizations to apply for the grants by completing a grant application describing how their organization would use the award.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 19, 2021.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other nonprofit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

The types of charitable activities that may be supported through this grant program include arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, environment, recreation, and youth development projects and programs.

The grant application process is being conducted online via the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Posey. Applications submitted by an entity under the auspices of another agency must include a written statement signed by the agency’s board president on behalf of the board of directors agreeing to act as the entity’s fiscal sponsor, to receive grant monies if awarded, and to oversee the proposed project.

The Women’s Fund Steering Committee will review funding requests and will contact grant applicants for an interview.  Once interviews have concluded, the Steering Committee will make its recommendations on funding to the Community Foundation. No lobbying or soliciting of Steering Committee or Board members will be permitted.

More information and grant application training are available by contacting John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.838.0288 or jcampbell@communityfoundationalliance.org.

The Women’s Fund is one of Posey County Community Foundation’s endowment funds producing annual grants or scholarships.  For more information about setting up your own endowment fund, please contact Rachel Purviance, Regional Director of Development at rpurviance@communityfoundationalliance.org

The Donna Fenn Literacy Fund Held By The Perry County Community Foundation Awards Grant

(Perry County, Indiana) The Donna Fenn Literacy Fund, held by the Perry County Community Foundation, recently awarded a grant to the Tell City-Troy Township Schools for development of literacy skills programs for students at William Tell Elementary.

The fund was established in memory of Donna Fenn by her husband, Doug; son Christian; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Thomas Liffick; and parents, Christian and Dorothy Nix.

 “The Donna Fenn Literacy Fund has brought joy (and books) to William Tell Elementary students since 2005.  Annually and faithfully, the Donna Fenn Literacy Fund, through the Perry County Community Foundation, has funded the purchase of hundreds of books in the school library, devices such as Kindles for electronic reading, access to rich online news articles from sites such as NewsELA, and more,” said Mrs. Laura Noble, William Tell Elementary Principal.  

Since 2005, the Donna Fenn Literacy Fund has provided support to the Tell City-Troy Township Schools with over $22,000 in grants annually.

Gracie Noble of William Tell Elementary School looks through a selection of books during her library time at school. 

Due to COVID-19, there was no in-person check presentation this year, but the donation will continue to give all children – virtual or in-person – the opportunity to enrich their lives with high quality books. 

Donations to the Donna Fenn Literacy Fund can be made online through our online donation portal at https://alliance.fcsuite.com/erp/donate?sorg_id=1003, or mailed to the Perry County Community Foundation, c/o Donna Fenn Literacy Fund, PO Box 13, Tell City, 47586.

Please contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at mjames@communityfoundationalliance.org for questions about this fund or interest in setting up your own endowment fund.

Community Foundations Scholarship Programs Now Accepting Applications

(Evansville, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation and the Warrick County Community Foundation are excited to announce the opening of the community scholarship awards cycle for 2021. 

“Many donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Community Foundations,” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Programs.” 

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria for each scholarship are determined by the scholarship founder. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds and educational goals. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin and are based on a competitive process.

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the specific eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application requirements are posted under the Scholarship Opportunities tab on the Foundations’ websites.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation offers 23 endowed scholarships providing over $48,000 in support each year.  Scholarship applications are due by 11:30 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2021. Please visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Vanderburgh for details and to begin the online application.

The Warrick County Community Foundation has twelve endowed scholarships providing over $13,500 in support.  Scholarship applications are due by 11:30 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.  Please visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Warrick for details and to begin the online application.

The Community Foundations offer the following tips to help students strengthen their applications:

  1. Begin working on the application early.
  2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and talents.
  3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
  4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required pieces (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.
  5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

For questions about the application process, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.573.1454 or shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org

Vanderburgh and Warrick County Community Foundation Scholarship Programs Now Accepting Applications

(Evansville, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation and the Warrick County Community Foundation are excited to announce the opening of the community scholarship awards cycle for 2021. 

“Many donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Community Foundations,” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Programs.” 

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria for each scholarship are determined by the scholarship founder. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds and educational goals. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin and are based on a competitive process.

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the specific eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application requirements are posted under the Scholarship Opportunities tab on the Foundations’ websites.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation offers 23 endowed scholarships providing over $48,000 in support each year.  Scholarship applications are due by 11:30 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2021. Please visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Vanderburgh for details and to begin the online application.

The Warrick County Community Foundation has twelve endowed scholarships providing over $13,500 in support.  Scholarship applications are due by 11:30 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.  Please visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Warrick for details and to begin the online application.

The Community Foundations offer the following tips to help students strengthen their applications:

  1. Begin working on the application early.
  2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and talents.
  3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
  4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required pieces (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.
  5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

For questions about the application process, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.573.1454 or shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org

Spencer County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

(Rockport, Indiana) This year, donors to the Spencer County Community Foundation are once again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

1. Begin working on the application early.

2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.

3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.

4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.

5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Wednesday, February 17, 2020.

Perry County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

(Tell City, Indiana)  This year, donors to the Perry County Community Foundation are once again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Perry.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

1. Begin working on the application early.

2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.

3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.

4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.

5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, February 12, 2020.

Gibson County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

(Princeton, Indiana) This year, donors to the Gibson County Community Foundation are once again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says John Campbell, the Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Gibson.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

1. Begin working on the application early.

2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.

3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.

4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.

5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Posey County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

(Mount Vernon, Indiana) This year, donors to the Posey County Community Foundation are once again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says John Campbell, the Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Posey.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

1. Begin working on the application early.

2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.

3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.

4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.

5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

The deadline to apply is 12 midnight on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Warrick County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

(Warrick County, Indiana)  The Warrick County Community Foundation is proud to announce Olivia Anderson and Allyson Downey as the 2021 recipients of the Warrick County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. The scholarship provides recipients with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Olivia is the daughter of Donald and Camilla Fancher Anderson of Newburgh. She is a senior at Castle High School and plans to study Political Science in order to pursue a career in Law. In addition to exceling academically, Olivia is a member of Young Voices, the Student Council, the Castle Gay-Straight Alliance, and the Castle Marching Band.  She participated on the speech team, history academic team, as a senior mentor, and the Warrick County Summer Musical.  She has been recognized as Student of the Month and as a member of the National Honor Society.   

Allyson is the daughter of Dale and Anne Downey of Boonville. She is a senior at Boonville High School and plans to study Agricultural Engineering. In addition to her academic excellence, Allyson participated in soccer, track, choir, theater, FFA and the BETA Club. She is a member of 4-H, attended the 4-H State Junior Leader Conference, and is active with numerous activities at her church, and enjoys playing bluegrass music.

Scholarship award alternates were also announced and will each receive a $3,000 scholarship from the Warrick County Community Foundation. They are Theresa Blanke, and Sravani Ravipati, both of whom are seniors at Castle High School. 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Posey County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Mount Vernon, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation has announced that Amber Allyn is the 2021 recipient of the Posey County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Amber is the daughter of Matthew and Heather Allyn of Mount Vernon. She is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and plans to attend Butler University to study Business Development or Marketing. She excels scholastically, holding a perfect GPA while holding leadership positions in numerous school activities and clubs and also with local organizations. As a class officer all four years, Amber is currently the Student Council Co-President.

During her junior year Amber was selected as a Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders Delegate.  She has been heavily involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) while being in high school, holding the positions of both Chapter and District Presidents.  In addition to holding officer positions Amber has won numerous state FFA awards.  She has also participated in both competitive and school cheer each of the past four years.   

Amber has raised more than $15,000 for the creation, design, and maintenance of the Mount Vernon Mural project located in downtown Mount Vernon.  She is currently participating in an internship with the Economic Development Partnership where she assists the director with the marketing & promotion of Posey County. 

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. First alternate Kaitlyn Mansfield will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Posey County Community Foundation. Second alternate was announced as Sydney Deno. 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Spencer County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

Rockport, Indiana) The Spencer County Community Foundation has announced that Sarah Mangan is the 2021 recipient of the Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Sarah is the daughter of Neil Mangan and Mary Mangan. She is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and plans to attend an Indiana college of her choice.  In addition to exceling academically, Sarah has been involved in the Beta Club, Optimist Club, Pep Club, Riley’s Dance Marathon, and Student Council.  She is also involved in many community activities including service days and preparation of meals for St. Francis of Assisi Parish, and tutoring at Lincoln Trail Elementary School.  She also participates in the basketball, track and field, and golf teams for Heritage Hills High School. 

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. First alternate Emily Patmore, a senior at Heritage Hills High School will receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for 4 years) from the Spencer County Community Foundation. Second alternate was announced as Abigail Ruxer, a senior at Heritage Hills High School.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Pike County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Petersburg, Indiana) The Pike County Community Foundation has announced that Lauren Young is the 2021 recipient of the Pike County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Lauren is the daughter of Christian and Amanda Young of Winslow. She is a senior at Pike Central High School and plans to attend Ball State University to study Biology/Pre-medicine, with a goal of becoming a Dermatologist. In addition to exceling academically, Lauren has been involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, student government, and the Riley Dance Marathon. She is also a member of the soccer team, track and field team, and Swing Choir. She worked as a Genealogy Intern at the Pike County Public Library.  

Scholarship award alternates were also announced as first alternate Libby Stone and second alternate Hunter Russell.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Perry County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Tell City, Indiana)  The Perry County Community Foundation has announced that Emma Severson is the 2021 recipient of the Perry County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Emma is the daughter of Terry and Trina Severson of Tell City. She is a senior at Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School and plans to attend an Indiana college to study History. In addition to exceling academically, Emma has been involved in the Academic Team, Art Club, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club. She is also heavily involved in Fine Arts as a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Drama Productions, and Pep Club.

Scholarship award alternates were also announced as first alternate Morgan Judy, a senior at Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School and second alternate Madalyn Rogers, a senior at Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

 (Evansville, Indiana) The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is proud to announce Ian Kyle, Aaliyah Moran, and Kathryn Muchnick are the 2021 recipients of the Vanderburgh County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. The scholarship provides recipients with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Ian is the son of Greg and Shellie Kyle of Haubstadt. He is a senior at Signature School and plans to study Neuroscience and Biology in order to pursue a career as a Neurosurgeon.  In addition to exceling academically, Ian has participated in the Model UN and Mock Trial competitions. He also served as the Managing Editor and Editor-in Chief of his school newspaper. He is an active member of his church and has volunteered with SWIRCA, the YMCA, and Mesker Park Zoo.  He is also active in scouting holding numerous leadership positions in his troop and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.      

Aaliyah is the granddaughter of Timothy and Jennifer Moran of Evansville. She attended Reitz Memorial High School and is completing her senior year at the EVSC Virtual Academy. She is planning to study Law and practice law internationally. In addition to her academic excellence, Aaliyah has participated in Speech, Key Club, Tiger Pride, Tigerettes, Track, and Drama along with competing in the Academic Superbowl and Decathlon.  She is a Sunday school leader at her church, and volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity.   

Kathryn is the daughter of Marc and Gretchen Muchnick of Evansville. She is a senior at Signature School and is interested in a career in Law, Journalism or Education.  She served as Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, along with participating in the Spanish Club, Student Council, String Orchestra, National Honor Society, Teenpower and Math Club.  She is a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and serves on the Teen Advisory Council and Teen Court for Youth Resources.  She also volunteers by teaching Spanish at the YMCA.      

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship award alternates are Emma Elfreich, a senior at Mater Dei High School; Mariah Fulton, a senior at Signature School; and Leslie Martin, a senior at Central High School.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Gibson County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Fort Branch, Indiana)  The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced that Rebecca Kluesner is the 2021 recipient of the Gibson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Rebecca is the daughter of Zuniga Kluesner of Princeton and Brian Kluesner of Jasper. She is a senior at Gibson Southern High School and plans to attend an Indiana college studying Occupational Therapy. In addition to exceling academically, she is involved in numerous school clubs and activities, including serving on the Student Council for four years. Throughout high school, Rebecca has been heavily involved with the Gibson County Special Olympics and 4-H, where she has held numerous leadership positions. 

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. First alternate Maxwell Stoll will receive a recurring four-year $1,000 scholarship from the Gibson County Community Foundation. The second alternate was announced as Helaena Pfeiffer.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Daviess County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Washington, Indiana) The Daviess County Community Foundation has announced that Audrey Wright is the 2021 recipient of the Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Audrey is the daughter of Jaret and Jessica Wright of Washington. She is a senior at Washington High School and plans to attend an Indiana college studying Marketing and Accounting. In addition to exceling academically, Audrey has been involved in a variety of school activities including the Daviess County CEO Program, Kelley School of Business’ Young Women’s Institute, Business Professionals of America, cross country, track and field, and cheerleading. She has served as Indiana State President in BETA Club. Outside of school, Audrey spends much of her time volunteering, including Habitat for Humanity, Tri-Kappa Daddy Daughter Dance, Backpack Blessings, and a mission trip to Rwanda. She enjoys traveling and the fine arts. During high school, Audrey started her own photography business aimed at helping other students who may not be able to afford professional senior photos.

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. Gracie Madison and Sophia Davis will receive a scholarship from the Friends of Daviess County Fund.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Knox County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Vincennes, Indiana) The Knox County Community Foundation has announced that Phoebe Worstell is the recipient of the 2021 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Phoebe is the daughter of James and Jennifer Worstell of Bicknell. She is a senior at North Knox High School and plans to attend an Indiana college of her choice to study Chemical Engineering. In addition to exceling academically, Phoebe has been involved in a variety of activities including National Honor Society, Champions Together, science and math academic teams, and Youth Leadership Knox County. She has served on student council all four years of high school and is currently the Student Body President. Phoebe is involved with both the dance and softball teams at North Knox High School, serving as the captain for both. She is also very involved with the Jean Marie Dance Studio, volunteering her time to teach young students.

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. First alternate Ella Hays and second alternate Alaynie Mize will both receive a scholarship from the Friends of Knox County Fund.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Knox Community Foundation Awards Grants To Local Food Pantries

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation is distributing $3,500 in grants to seven local organizations through their 2020 Holiday Food Pantry grants program. Grants were offered to 501(c)3 organizations located in Knox County, offering a food pantry program to Knox County residents. All eligible organizations that applied were awarded a grant.

“This was a special grant program offered this year in addition to our annual Community Good grants,” said Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “Based on a review of funding requests received, we determined that food pantries were facing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for our generous donors. It is through their support that we are able to support the current needs of Knox County.”

The grant recipients are:

  • $500 to North Knox Social Ministries for the Christmas Basket Giveaway
  • $500 to St. Vincent de Paul Society for the SVdP Food Pantry
  • $500 to The Lord’s Warehouse for food pantry support
  • $500 to Oaktown First Christian Church God’s Pantry for food pantry support
  • $500 to Thursday Church for food pantry support
  • $500 to Salvation Army Vincennes Corps for food pantry support
  • $500 to Helping His Hands Disaster Response Inc. for the Holiday Blessing Box program

Funding for the program is provided by people and organizations establishing and donating to 32 Community Good (unrestricted) funds held by the Foundation. Those funds are:

  • Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund;
  • Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund;
  • Louis (Brocky) Brocksmith Family Fund;
  • Burkhart Family Fund;
  • Cantwell Family Fund;
  • Jim and Gail Eskew Fund;
  • Farbest Foods Community Good Fund for Knox County;
  • Friends of Knox County Fund;
  • David and Pam Gardner Fund;
  • German American Bancorp Community Fund;
  • Jim and Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund;
  • Bill and Jenny Hackney Family Fund;
  • Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted Fund;
  • Jacoby Family Fund;
  • Don and Debbie Jones Community Good Fund;
  • Leonard Family Fund;
  • Richard P. and Helen G. Lux Unrestricted Fund;
  • Clarence J “Mac” McCormick III Fund;
  • Medical Center of Vincennes Inc. Fund;
  • Gordon, William and Christina Miller Fund;
  • John D. Miller Memorial Fund;
  • Dr. Roger and Sue Montgomery Fund;
  • Old National Fund for Knox County;
  • Robert M. Orvick Memorial Fund;
  • Bertha Wallace Reynolds Fund;
  • Kathy Rinsch “For Knox County, Forever.” Fund;
  • Dr. Phillip M Summers Family Fund;
  • Chris and Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund;
  • Waldroup Family Fund;
  • Norbert M. and Louise A. Welch Fund;
  • Women’s Fund of Knox County; and
  • Youth Inspiring Peers Fund.

Daviess County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

(Daviess County, Indiana) Donors to the Daviess County Community Foundation are making scholarship awards available again this year, through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

 “Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Lauren Osmon, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/scholarships/opportunities/.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

1. Begin working on the application early.

2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.

3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.

4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.

5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

Applications are accepted until midnight on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Knox County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

(Knox County, Indiana)  Donors to the Knox County Community Foundation are making scholarship awards available again this year, through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Lauren Osmon, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/scholarships/opportunities/.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

1. Begin working on the application early.

2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.

3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.

4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.

5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

Applications are accepted until midnight on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

The Cares Act Makes Giving Tuesday The Perfect Time To Give

(Knox County, Indiana) With Giving Tuesday coming up on December 1, the Knox County Community Foundation believes that 2020 is an especially good year to be generous due to some unique tax breaks offered through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security).

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27. The Act helps Americans deal with the economic impact and health crisis brought on by the outbreak of COVID-19. It also gives donors two income tax advantages to charitable giving during 2020. Both are designed to reduce income tax bills for those making charitable gifts this year.

  • The legislation includes a universal (or non-itemized, above-the-line) deduction allowing all tax payers to deduct up to $300 for individuals/$600 for married couples in charitable contributions (cash donations, not in-kind contributions) made in 2020.
  • For those who claim itemized deductions, the CARES Act raises the charitable deduction limitation from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent; and for corporations, raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

“We welcome gifts to build funds held by the Knox County Community Foundation, “says Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development. “We have over 140 different funds in our Family of Funds collection and together those funds address a broad range of needs in Knox County. The collection includes our Friends of Knox County fund which is very popular with our donors because it provides funding every year for both small and large projects that address changing community needs.”

To see the list of funds and to make a gift, visit the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/knox-family-of-funds/.  For more information, contact the Foundation at 812.886.0093.

Community Foundation Announces Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Program

(Daviess County, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation is once again hosting a Giving Tuesday event, focused on building permanent endowment for charitable organizations serving Daviess County.  This year, $25,000 is available to match gifts by $1 for every $2 given.

Celebrated this year on Tuesday, December 1st , the event follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

The Foundation says the local event is different this year.

“Last year, the Foundation challenged all nonprofits with funds to raise money for their endowments,” says Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development. “We conducted it as a one-day only promotion, relying on non-profits with funds to spread the word and their audience to make gifts on one single day.”

“This year, the pandemic has placed additional challenges on organizations and people. With recommendations to stay at home, the Community Foundation changed our event this year, inviting donors by mail, on behalf of our non-profits, to give to these funds and receive a match. In addition, we expanded the timeframe for giving beyond a single day, so gifts  do not have to be delivered to our office and can be made by mail and online.”

The Foundation is accepting Giving Tuesday gifts to build endowment for local organizations through December 1. Any gift postmarked by that date is eligible for a matching gift of $1 for every $2 given. Gifts by mail should be sent to the Daviess County Community Foundation at 320 E Main St., Washington, IN 47501 or online gifts can be made at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess. The name of the non-profit should be included in the memo line of a check or in the comment section for online gifts.

Gifts to funds help non-profits by growing annual endowment distributions. “A good rule of thumb for nonprofits is to have at least 20% of their operating income fueled by an annual grant from an endowment. Our Giving Tuesday promotion is centered on that rule, and as a community we have an opportunity to help our non-profits achieve that goal,” explained Smith.

Besides building endowment, there are additional reasons to being generous during 2020 found in the unique tax breaks offered through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security).

The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, helps Americans deal with the economic impact and health crisis brought on by the outbreak of COVID-19. It gives donors two income tax advantages to charitable giving during 2020. Both are designed to reduce income tax bills for those making charitable gifts this year:

  • The legislation includes a universal (or non-itemized, above-the-line) deduction allowing all tax payers to deduct up to $300 for individuals/$600 for married couples in charitable contributions (cash donations, not in-kind contributions) made in 2020.
  • For those who claim itemized deductions, the CARES Act raises the charitable deduction limitation from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent; and for corporations, raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Local organizations that can benefit from Giving Tuesday gifts to the Community Foundation include:

  1. AgrIInstitute of Daviess County
  2. Barr-Reeve Scholarship Foundation
  3. Barr-Reeve High School Scholarship Program
  4. Camp Illiana
  5. Catholic Education Endowment
  6. Christ United Methodist Church Youth Programs
  7. Compassionate Friends Memorial at Eastside Park
  8. Daviess Community Hospital Foundation
  9. Daviess County Community Foundation
  10. Daviess County Family YMCA
  11. Daviess County Historical Society Museum
  12. Daviess County Right to Life
  13. Elnora/Elmore Township Volunteer Fire Department
  14. First Choice Solutions (formerly Pregnancy Care Center)
  15. Future Farmers of America – North Daviess Schools
  16. First Baptist Church Youth Programs
  17. First Christian Church, Odon – Youth Programs
  18. Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources
  19. Friends for Animals Daviess County
  20. Habitat for Humanity Daviess County
  21. Ilula Orphan Program
  22. Ketcham Memorial Center
  23. Leadership Daviess County Program
  24. Lena Dunn 1st Grade Education
  25. North Daviess Schools Scholarship Program
  26. Parkview Village Christian Care
  27. Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church – Plainville
  28. Psi Iota Xi Sorority-Washington (Charitable Work)
  29. Red Cross Services in Daviess County
  30. Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County
  31. Southwest Indiana Power House
  32. St John Cemetery Association (Loogootee)
  33. St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Whitfield)
  34. United Way of Daviess County
  35. Washington Carnegie Public Library
  36. Washington Catholic Schools
  37. Washington Community Schools Band Boosters
  38. Washington Community Schools Foundation
  39. Washington Community Schools Foundation Athletic Department
  40. Washington Community Schools Foundation College Scholarship
  41. Washington Little League
  42. Washington Parks and Recreation
  43. Washington Soccer Federation
  44. Whitfield Men’s Club Scholarship Program

For more information, please contact Mary Smith at 812.254.9354 or mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

Women’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Announces Grants Over $90,000 Through The 2020 Grant Cycle

Bringing Their Giving Total To More Than $1 Million

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana) — At their annual meeting on November 4, donors to the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County celebrated the announcement of two 2020 Impact Grant recipients each of whom will receive a $25,000 grant. This year’s recipients are:

  • House of Bread and Peace for the addition of a new staff member; and
  • United Caring Services for the renovation of the day shelter’s restroom and shower facilities.

The recipients of the four $10,000 grants finalist are:

  • EVSC Foundation for the Hangers program;
  • Holly’s House for the “Think First & Stay Safe” program;
  • Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office to create a Crime Victim Emergency Assistance Fund; and
  • 4C of Southern Indiana for the Strengthening Families program.

“Due to the challenges of COVID19 and its impact on the nonprofit and social service sector, we felt it important to structure our grant cycle around the emerging needs of the community, and most importantly, to retain our level of giving,” stated Candice Perry, Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund. She added, “We had a record-breaking number of organizations apply for funding this year which speaks of the great need for support in our community. We congratulate and applaud the efforts of the Finalist and Impact Grant recipients and have deep gratitude for the many organizations going above and beyond mission for our community every single day!”

The Women’s Fund was established in 2007 when a group of area women came together with the goal of improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by pooling their resources to forever provide funding for charitable initiatives.

Since it was formed, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $1,081,000 to local organizations. Past impact grant recipients include: Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club of Evansville, Evansville Christian Life Center, Holly’s House, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, United Caring Services, United Methodist Youth Home, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth First, Youth Resources and the YWCA.

The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is a fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund focuses the efforts of women philanthropists to create positive social change by funding projects that address current needs in our community. The mission is to improve the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by collectively funding significant grants to charitable initiatives.

For additional information about the Women’s Fund, or to become a member, contact Sarah Wagner at 812.429.1191, ext. 105, or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

The City Of Evansville Endowment Fund Awarded Over $442,000 To 20 Charitable Organizations During This Year’s Grant Cycle

(Evansville, Indiana)  In lieu of the grants reception, the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) recently announced total grant awards of $442,172.20 to 20 charitable organizations. The CEEF’s mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville.

The annual grant cycle began in June. The CEEF grants committee awards the grants through a competitive application and review process. Grants are specifically awarded for capital improvement projects and 60% of annual grants are required to be distributed to organizations serving the 4th and 6th wards.

Board president Amber Rascoe states that “the City of Evansville Endowment Fund has made a huge difference in addressing quality of life issues. Nonprofit organizations need to be recognized for their contributions to ensure our communities maintain necessities during these difficult times. The grants we award will continue to provide much needed assistance to these organizations.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

  • $36,990 to Aurora for acoustic sound proof tiling for the case management area;
  • $31,125 to Carver Community Organization for the Carver Daycare & Preschool playground enhancements, removing existing playground covering and replacing with artificial turf ;
  • $15,000 to Community One, Inc. for the 618 Madison Avenue Housing Restoration Project;
  • $6,000 to District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store outdoor signage;
  • $6,820 to Dream Center Evansville for the window replacement project;
  • $29,149 to Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to renovate the slope on the property to stop erosion and flooding issues;
  • $40,000 to Evansville African American Museum for The Porter House renovation;
  • $12,120 to Evansville Christian Life Center to install 6 plasma filters for the HVAC systems in high traffic areas and to purchase two new freezers for the Food Co-op Program;
  • $30,000 to Evansville Parks Foundation to assist with the construction/installation of a shelter house, basketball courts, and playground for Garvin Park;
  • $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to assist with 5 home builds in Glenwood Neighborhood (Ward 4) and 10 home builds in St. Theresa Place (Ward 6);
  • $19,738 to Holly’s House, Inc. for the removal and replacement of flooring;
  • $9,900 to Jacob’s Village for the septic system cell cleaning project;
  • $41,180 to Joshua Academy to replace one of the outdated boilers with a new 90% thermal efficiency boiler;
  • $33,000 to Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville to construct a secondary entrance to the museum and for graphic design and signage;
  • $4,616 to Patchwork Central, Inc. for gutter and downspout cleaning, installation of gutter guards, replacement of underground downspout lines, and installation of an area drain;
  • $20,000 to Reitz Home Museum to assist with the restoration of 20 iron window enframements;
  • $16,500 to Sycamore Services to assist with the purchase and installation of secure and accessible exterior and interior doors, including electronic door opening system;
  • $40,000 to United Caring Services to assist with the renovation of the Day Shelter restrooms and showers;
  • $20,790.20 to United Methodist Youth Home, Inc. to replace 3 HVAC systems (two in the administrative building and one in the current girls’ residential group home) and to replace the flooring in the mobile home that serves as a gym for residential youth; and
  • $9,244 to Vanderburgh County CASA Inc. for the purchase and installation of video-conferencing equipment.

About the City of Evansville Endowment Fund, Inc.

The CEEF originated in 1994, when former Mayor Frank McDonald II proposed that $5 million of revenue from the riverboat be invested in a way that would serve the City of Evansville forever. After an extensive study of investment options, in 1998 the revenue was used to establish the endowment fund as a distinct legal entity affiliated with the Alliance. CEEF was created as a public charity and supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc. The CEEF’s earnings allow for grantmaking annually.

Nonprofit organizations wishing to receive email notification at the start of next year’s grant cycle should visit the Alliance webpage for the CEEF at www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund.

The Men’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Awards $40,000 In Their 2020 Grant Cycle

(Evansville, Indiana)  Members of the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County recently selected three local organizations to receive a total of $40,000 in grants.

The Dream Center Evansville was selected to receive the 2020 Impact Grant of $30,000. This grant will support the organization’s Jacobsville Kids Zone project. In addition, the Men’s Fund awarded $5,000 grants to both the Borrowed Hearts Foundation in support of the Little Hearts Clubhouse Daycare Ministry and the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville to support afterschool programming.

“Members of the Men’s Fund appreciate the great work being accomplished by so many fantastic local organizations, especially in these unprecedented times. We are thrilled to lend our support,” stated Mark Logan, president of the Men’s Fund.

Including the 2020 grants, the Men’s Fund has now awarded $147,300 to local non-profits since 2017. Past impact grant recipients and projects include Easterseals Rehabilitation Center for pediatric mental health services; EVSC Foundation for the “Let’s Put the Shirts on Their Backs” Hangers program; Ozanam Family Shelter for fire protection and kitchen upgrades; and the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville for the Passport to Manhood Program.

The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County offers enjoyable social events and networking opportunities, all while raising funds to meet community needs. The group supports charitable causes in the community that address projects and programs important to the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County members. New members are welcome.

For more information about the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.429.1191, ext. 105 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Knox County Community Foundation Announces Special Support For Knox County Food Pantries

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation is offering grants to support local food pantries serving Knox County during the 2020 holiday season. In order to be eligible, an organization must have a valid 501(c)3 nonprofit status, be located in Knox County, and offer a food pantry program to Knox County residents. Eligible organizations must complete a brief grant application through the Foundation’s website to be considered.

Applications will be accepted November 4 through November 18, 2020. Late applications may not be considered.

Organizations can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox/grants. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified in December.

Organizations may request up to $500. A total of $5,000 has been allocated to this special grants program. Final award amounts may vary based on the number of applications received.

For questions, contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.254.9354 or via email losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Daviess County Community Foundation Awards $100,000 To 14 Charitable Partners

(Washington, Indiana) The Daviess County Community Foundation is distributing $101,085 in grants to 14 local organizations through their 2020 Community Good grants program.

This year’s grants provide flexible funding for a variety of charitable projects and organizations serving Daviess County. Due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges facing organizations, the grants include support for specific projects and programs as well as general operating costs.

Grants awarded are:

  • $3,600 to Daviess County Family YMCA for the Locker Room Improvement Project;
  • $10,000 to PowerHouse for operational support;
  • $10,000 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project for the Bags of Hope Program;
  • $6,500 to Washington Police Department for the purchase of radar signs;
  • $10,000 to Senior and Family Services, Inc. for operational support of the Washington and Odon Senior Centers;
  • $10,000 to Youth First for the Youth First School-Based Social Work Prevention Program;
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Daviess County, Inc. for Home Build 2021;
  • $10,000 to The Odon Lions Club Foundation, Inc. for the Lake-Levy Spillway Project;
  • $2,360 to Pace Community Action Agency for the SuperMENtors Program;
  • $10,000 to Cannelburg Fire Department for new gear and radios;
  • $5,625 to Barr-Reeve Community School Corporation for the purchase of Readable English Licenses as part of the Literacy for All Program;
  • $6,000 to Four Rivers Resource Services for virtual teaching, learning and communication preparedness;
  • $6,000 to Lighthouse Recovery Center for laundry facility appliance replacement; and
  • $1,000 to Friends for Animals for the Spay/Neuter Program.

Funding for the program is provided by donors and organizations establishing and donating to 27 Community Good (unrestricted) and 3 field-of-interest funds held by the Foundation. Those funds include:

  • Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund;
  • Boyd Grain Farms/Tom and Marsha Boyd Fund;
  • Callahan Family Fund;
  • Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund;
  • Charlie “Chuck” Vaught Fund;
  • Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund;
  • Daviess County Memorial Fund;
  • Dudenhoeffer Family Fund;
  • Joan Daily Elliott Fund;
  • Edward Jones Achievement Fund;
  • First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund;
  • Friends of Daviess County Fund;
  • Former Washington Moose Lodge 1080 Endowment Fund;
  • German American Bancorp Community Fund;
  • Jim and Kathy Havill Family Fund;
  • Home Building Savings Bank FSB Unrestricted Fund;
  • Jones and Sons Concrete Fund;
  • Memering Family Fund;
  • Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Unrestricted Fund;
  • Jay E. Myers Unrestricted Fund;
  • Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund;
  • Old National Fund for Daviess County;
  • Perdue Farms Inc. Unrestricted Fund;
  • Singleton Family Fund;
  • Swartzentruber Family Fund;
  • Joe and Gladys Traylor Family Fund;
  • Jane Scudder Turnley Fund;
  • Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund;
  • Doris I. Potts Fund; and  
  • Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund

Knox Community Foundation Awards $62,000 To 17 Charitable Partners

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation is distributing $62,000 in grants to 17 local organizations through their 2020 Community Good Grants program.

This year’s grants provide flexible funding for a variety of charitable projects and organizations serving Knox County. Due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges facing organizations, the grants include support for specific projects and programs as well as general operating costs.

The grants are:

  • $2,500 to Knox County Fair for the McCormick Building Project;
  • $1,300 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana for Back to Troop Leader Kits for COVID Readiness;
  • $5,000 to Northwest Territory Art Guild for First City Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020;
  • $5,000 to The Salvation Army for operational support;
  • $3,000 to Old Town Players for operational support;
  • $5,000 to Knox County Superior Court 1 for the Family Recovery Court;
  • $2,100 to Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. for the purchase of equipment to support the Mobile Food Pantry Program;
  • $3,600 to St. James Episcopal Church for the Red Door Food Pantry;
  • $5,000 to Pace Community Action Agency for COVID-19 assistance to Knox County residents;
  • $5,000 to Indiana Military Museum for exhibit development;
  • $3,500 to Isaiah 1:17 Project to purchase supplies for the Bags of Hope Program;
  • $5,000 to Blue Jeans Community Center, Inc. for operational support;
  • $5,000 to YMCA of Vincennes for increased staffing, PPE and cleaning supplies;
  • $2,500 to Backpacks of Love for VCSC for backpacks of food for children in the Vincennes Community School Corporation;
  • $2,500  to First Christian Church KETA (Kids Equipped to Achieve) for school supplies and toiletry items for students;
  • $3,000  to Knox County Drug Court Foundation for the Drug Court Foundation Incentive Program; and
  • $3,000  to The Lord’s Warehouse for the purchase of food pantry items

Funding for the program is provided by donors and organizations establishing and donating to 32 Community Good (unrestricted) funds held by the Foundation. Those funds are:

  • Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund;
  • Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund;
  • Louis (Brocky) Brocksmith Family Fund;
  • Burkhart Family Fund;
  • Cantwell Family Fund;
  • Jim and Gail Eskew Fund;
  • Farbest Foods Community Good Fund for Knox County;
  • Friends of Knox County Fund;
  • David and Pam Gardner Fund;
  • German American Bancorp Community Fund;
  • Jim and Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund;
  • Bill and Jenny Hackney Family Fund;
  • Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted Fund;
  • Jacoby Family Fund;
  • Don and Debbie Jones Community Good Fund;
  • Leonard Family Fund;
  • Richard P. and Helen G. Lux Unrestricted Fund;
  • Clarence J “Mac” McCormick III Fund;
  • Medical Center of Vincennes Inc. Fund;
  • Gordon, William and Christina Miller Fund;
  • John D. Miller Memorial Fund;
  • Dr. Roger and Sue Montgomery Fund;
  • Old National Fund for Knox County;
  • Robert M. Orvick Memorial Fund;
  • Bertha Wallace Reynolds Fund;
  • Kathy Rinsch “For Knox County, Forever.” Fund;
  • Dr. Phillip M Summers Family Fund;
  • Chris and Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund;
  • Waldroup Family Fund;
  • Norbert M. and Louise A. Welch Fund;
  • Women’s Fund of Knox County; and
  • Youth Inspiring Peers Fund.

The Pike County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Pike County, Indiana)  The Pike County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support the Pike County School Corporation’s expansion of its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to build relevant industry skills and attract and retain talent in Pike County.

The Pike County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Pike County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Pike County. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“Through community meetings, the planning committee identified Pike County’s most pressing needs,” stated Cindy Gaskins, Director of the Pike County Community Foundation. “Given the loss of so many energy-related jobs,” she continued, “the committee concluded that the CTE classes were vital to training Pike Countians in different trades so that they can remain in the community they know and love.”

“The new CTE programs will be offered at the Pike County School Corporation Learning Center and include construction trades (HVAC); construction trades (electrical); fire science; and diesel technology,” noted Sarah Belmore, Pike County Community Foundation advisory board president. She explained that these educational programs will be available to high school students by day and to adult-learners after school hours. “We are very excited to be a part of this program as it will equip displaced workers with alternate skills permitting them to continue to Pike County their home,” Belmore added.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Daviess County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Daviess County, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, the Community Foundation will support the construction of the Commons of Daviess County, revitalizing a portion of Main Street creating a public gathering space for community members.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Daviess County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Daviess County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The Community Foundation advisory board chose to focus implementation grant efforts in the area of increased economic opportunity because it aligned with existing work in the county. It has allowed the Community Foundation to support elements of our community’s Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan and work collaboratively with other community leaders in making Daviess County the best it can be,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is partnering with the following organizations to successfully implement this project: The Daviess County Economic Development Foundation, Regional Opportunities Initiative, the City of Washington, Daviess County, the Washington Knights of Columbus 630, and other corporate sponsors and benefactors.

“Increasing economic opportunities through various Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction initiatives has been important in our community for quite some time. We are extremely grateful and excited about this grant that will support the Commons of Daviess County project”, says Cindy Mason, the Daviess County Community Foundation advisory board president.  

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Spencer County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support advocacy and mentorship programs for youth, and the provision of additional mental health and substance abuse services in Spencer County.

The Spencer County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Spencer County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Spencer County. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The planning process provided community partners with the opportunity to learn, engage, collaborate, and brainstorm ways to strengthen the Spencer County community,” said Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.  She added that, “when determining where to focus our implementation grant efforts, the Spencer County Community Foundation advisory board chose to place emphasis on mental health and substance use to benefit the residents, businesses, organizations, and the Spencer County community.

The Spencer County Community Foundation is partnering with the Spencer County CASA, Success Through Mentoring, Safe Now Foundation, and the Safe Now Recovery Center to successfully implement this project.

This grant opportunity provides our community with the ability to continue to focus efforts on mental health and substance use, to provide resources and opportunities to those impacted.  We are grateful for the partnerships with the local organizations and look forward to providing additional opportunities and truly making an impact in the community, says Tawnya Fleischmann, the Spencer County Community Foundation advisory board president.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Perry County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Perry County, Indiana)  The Perry County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support community members’ attendance at the Evansville Christian Life Center’s Poverty and Potential Workshops to gain insights into their anti-poverty programs in order to implement these strategies in Perry County; Lincoln Hills Development Corporation’s trainings to implement the 2Gen Approach in Perry County by working with all members of a household to build family well-being; and the expansion of Perry Preschool and Childcare to fill the gap in available childcare, especially for low-income workers and those utilizing vouchers.

The Perry County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Perry County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Perry County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The planning process provided community partners with the opportunity to learn, engage, collaborate, and brainstorm ways to strengthen the Perry County community,” said Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. She added that, “when determining where to focus our implementation grant efforts, the Perry County Community Foundation advisory board chose to place emphasis on the cycle of poverty to benefit the residents, businesses, organizations, and the Perry County community.”

The Perry County Community Foundation is partnering with the following organization to successfully implement this project: Perry Preschool and Childcare, Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, Tell City Catholic Charities, the Community Action Agency, Indiana Institute of Working Families, and the United Way of Perry County

“This grant opportunity will provide support to organizations and residents in Perry County impacted by the cycle of poverty. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with remarkable organizations and look forward to truly making a difference in our community, says Rita Mahoney, the Perry County Community Foundation advisory board president.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation Receives $200,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $200,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support a pilot program utilizing neighborhood-based, wrap-around case management services focused on helping families to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Vanderburgh Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $100,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Vanderburgh. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The Vanderburgh Community Foundation undertook an extensive process to assess community needs prior to developing our implementation grant proposal. Through numerous conversations with community nonprofit leaders and other stakeholders, I was reminded of the vibrancy and diversity of our community. I am extremely grateful for the countless individuals whose daily mission is to help all residents of Vanderburgh County thrive.” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation will be partnering with three neighborhood-based social service providers to design and initiate wrap-around case management services, focused on helping individuals and families become more financially self-sufficient. Services will be structured as a pilot project, which is intended to align with other community efforts addressing poverty. The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is partnering with the Dream Center, Potter’s Wheel, and the Memorial Community Development Corporation to successfully implement this pilot project.

“The Lilly Endowment is a strong supporter of community foundations throughout Indiana and we are grateful for their recognition and unique role of supporting our foundation, so we can continue to serve as community leaders imagining and inspiring a brighter future for Vanderburgh County.” says Kim Schultz, the Vanderburgh Community Foundation advisory board president.   To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.