Foundation Awards $150,000 to 23 Charitable Partners

November 17, 2014.   Washington, Indiana.

Daviess County Community Foundation recently announced grant awards totaling $150,000 for 24 projects of 23 organizations serving Daviess County. The grants were based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

During a grant presentation at the Washington City Council meeting on November 10, Daviess County Community Foundation Advisory Board President, Jim Pearson and Director Mary E. Smith presented $18,115 to the Washington Police Department for six video and audio in car recording systems and $24,600 to the Washington Parks and Recreation Department for ADA playground equipment in city parks.

Washington Mayor Joe Wellman said that the city was thankful for the funding and that one project in particular was something the city had long struggled to provide. “The ADA playground equipment has been something we have been talking about for some time. We know it’s needed and we have been trying to figure out a way to fund it. This grant is going to go a long way in helping us provide this type of equipment for those who use our parks.”

The other 2014 grants and projects are:

$15,000 to the Daviess County Family YMCA for construction of a new Special Needs/Family Changing Room at pool level in the facility,

$3,400 to United Way of Daviess County for two Born Learning Trail Kits for the agency’s Day of Caring 20th Anniversary event in 2015,

$3,500 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for Junior Achievement Program Expansion at various Daviess County schools,

$6,285   to the Odon Police Department for Radars, Drug Identification, and Bicycle Unit Equipment,

$600 to Feed My Sheep of Daviess County for a New Copy Machine,

$930 to Central Christian Church for the Kids’ Harvest Garden at Central Christian Church,

$2,000   to Generations for the Generations Senior Games event,

$4,000   to Washington Carnegie Public Library for the Explore, Empower and Enrich:  Arts & Culture Program at the library,

$9,000   to the Pregnancy Care Center of Washington, Inc. for the Essentials for Newborns/Baby Bucks Program,

$1,900 to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County for the Savvy Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar,

$1,870 to Purdue Extension-Daviess County for the Strengthening Families through Education: Parent’s Night Out Program,

$12,000 to Hope House for the Hope House Community Sharing Program,

$3,150 to Senior and Family Services, Inc. for a Home Health Aide Complete Video Training Program and a Parking Lot Safety Project,

$5,000 to the American Red Cross, Old Northwest Territory Chapter for the Delivering Help, Hope, and Healing Program in Daviess County,

$11,050 to Central Christian Church for the Backpack Food for Kids Program,

$4,400 to Lighthouse Recovery Center for the Men’s Health and Recreation Center building project,

$3,800 to Bread of Life Ministry Inc. for Coalition loads in Daviess County,

$7,100 to Friends for Kids for the Life Skills for Children Program,

$3,500 to Travis Burkhart Foundation for a generator, PA system, tables, chairs for the TBF Life Support project,

$2,500 to John 15:12, Inc. for the Back to School Bash, and

$5,000 to Daviess County Partnership Inc. for Jubilee Christmas-2014

Since its inception in 1993, Daviess County Community Foundation has conducted an annual discretionary grants program which provides a source for funding the changing needs of the community. Discretionary grants are made possible through the generosity of people and organizations who are investing in the future of Daviess County by establishing and contributing to community good funds held by the Foundation. Community good funds established so far include Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund, Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund, Daviess County Memorial Fund, Dudenhoeffer Family Fund, Edward Jones and Company Achievement Fund, Friends of Daviess County Fund, Home Building Savings Bank FSB Fund, Maysville Enterprises LLC Fund, Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Fund, Jay E. Myers Fund, Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund, Old National Fund for Daviess County Fund, Perdue Farms, Inc. Fund and Traylor Fertilizer Services Inc./Joe and Gladys Traylor Fund.