Community Foundation Women’s Fund Accepting Grant Applications For Charitable Projects

Washington, Indiana –  The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for charitable projects or activities in Daviess County.

The Women’s Fund held at the Daviess County Community Foundation is providing funding for a single grant of up to $10,000 to support a charitable project or program. Applications are being accepted through March 31.

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 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 non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, operating costs not directly related to the proposed project or program, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

The grant application process is being conducted online via the Community Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess. In addition to the online application, applicants should be prepared to make an oral presentation about their proposal if they are selected as a finalist. Finalist presentations will be made to Women’s Fund donors at a meeting on May 10, after which the grant recipient will be selected.

Grant application training is available by contacting the Foundation office at 812-254-9354 or emailing mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

 

Women’s Fund of Warrick County Grant Cycle Opens January 2

The Women’s Fund of Warrick County is proud to announce the 2017 Grant Cycle. The online application process to submit letters of intent will begin Monday January 2, 2017.  The deadline to submit requests is Friday, February 3, 2017.

The Women’s Fund will award grants aimed at improving the quality of life for Warrick County families. The grant may be program-focused and or project-focused. Consideration and funding of up to $15,000 will be awarded in the spring of 2017.

Smithville Charitable Foundation Partnership Grant Cycle Starts January 1

December 2016 Posey County, Indiana –  The Posey County Community Foundation is pleased to announce it will be holding a special grant cycle beginning on January 1, 2017 in support of rural health care initiatives in Posey County. Due to a generous gift from the Smithville Charitable Foundation, the Posey County Community Foundation seeks funding requests for its Posey-Smithville Rural Health Grant Initiative. Proposed projects must strategically address rural health care needs in Posey County and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the broader community.

The Smithville Charitable Foundation, located in Ellettsville, Indiana was established in 2007 in outpouring of the Draper family’s generosity and desire to enrich the lives of people served by Smithville Communications. The family continues to support the communities around the area. Each year the Smithville Charitable Foundation generously gifts to various different causes through their annual grants program.  They support organizations in the counties of Boone, Brown, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Hendricks, Howard, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Posey, Sullivan, and Tipton in Indiana.

Some of the issues identified as pressing rural health care needs within the Posey County community include access to affordable dental and vision care, transportation to medical appointments, women’s health care, access to Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipment, and access to healthy foods for low-income families – but there are undoubtedly many more. Applicants may choose to apply for funding for projects that focus on one or more of these identified issues or may bring to light other important rural health care needs that they believe should be addressed.

The Posey County Community Foundation welcomes funding requests from nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving the county. Requests from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a pressing rural health care need. However, the organization will be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor to oversee the project and to accept grant monies if awarded.

For more information and to apply, visit www.communityfoundationalliance.org/posey/grants and select Posey-Smithville Rural Health Grant Initiative. Deadline to apply is February 27, 2017. All organizations that submit grant applications will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee’s deliberation in writing no later than June 1, 2017.

Established in 1992, the Posey County Community Foundation is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today.  We serve Posey County, offering people a variety of ways to achieve their goals for this community through charitable giving. The Posey County Community Foundation, a partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, currently administers over 81 funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life in Posey County.

For more information about the Posey County Community Foundation, please contact Monica Spencer, Director, at 812-838-0288

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

December 14, 2016 Washington, Indiana – One Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Mary O. Barnard will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Mary, the daughter of Anthony and Angela Barnard of Washington, is a senior at Washington High School.

Mary is the daughter of Anthony and Angela Barnard of Washington and is a senior at Washington High School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including DECA, where she serves as state president; Academic Bowl; CEO program; WHS soccer, where she serves as team captain; United Way, where she serves in the WISH program; the Mount Olivet Church, where she serves as a teacher in vacation bible school; and the Journey to Bethlehem. Following graduation, Mary plans to attend an Indiana college to study business with a goal of giving back to the community in the field of marketing.

Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2017 application process began in August. Twenty-seven applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, ten applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

Independent Colleges of Indiana is the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. As a non-profit association, ICI represents Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.  Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Daviess County high schools and Independent Colleges of Indiana to nominate a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 153 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

December 15, 2016 Vincennes, Indiana – One Knox County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Madison Lynn Franklin will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Madison, the daughter of Samuel Todd and Stephanie Franklin of Vincennes, is a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The daughter of Samuel Todd and Stephanie Franklin of Vincennes and a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School, she has excelled academically. She has been active in a variety of school and community activities, including Rotary Interact Club president; National Honor Society; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; student council vice president; Youth Leadership Knox County; United Methodist Church Youth Group; Tri-M; and the Lincoln High School dance and volleyball teams. Following graduation, Madison plans to attend an Indiana college to study physical therapy with a goal of giving back to the community in the health care field.

Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2017 application process began in August. Twenty-four applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, ten applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Knox County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

ICI is the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. As a non-profit association, ICI represents Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093

Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

This year, generous donors to the Knox County Community Foundation are making $10,950 in 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 Mary Smith, Regional Director. “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 at: 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 status. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process that 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 to submit 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.

To apply, visit: communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/scholarships/apply/

The deadline to apply is midnight Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

This year, generous donors to the Daviess County Community Foundation are making over $35,000 in 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 Mary Smith, Regional Director. “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 how to apply can be found at: communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/scholarships/

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 status. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process that 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 to submit all 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 you may have missed.

Applications are accepted online from the scholarship application page at: communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/scholarships/apply/

The deadline for applying is midnight on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

13 Charitable Partners Receive Over $64,000 From Foundation

Washington, Indiana. November 11, 2016
Daviess County Community Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $64,050 for 13 projects of 13 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.

Since its inception in 1993, Daviess County Community Foundation has conducted an annual Community Good Grants Program which provides a source for funding the changing needs of the community. 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, Boyd Grain Farms/Tom and Marsha Boyd Fund, Callahan Family Fund, Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund, Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund, Daviess County Memorial Fund, Dudenhoeffer Family Fund, Joan Daily Elliott Fund, Edward Jones and Co. Achievement Fund, First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund, Friends of Daviess County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, Jim and Kathy Havill Family Fund, Home Building Savings Bank FSB Unrestricted Fund, Jones and Sons Concrete 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, and the Women’s Fund of Daviess County.

Throughout October and early November, Foundation Board members visited organizations throughout Daviess County to present the grants.

The grant awards include:

  • $5,000.00 to Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department for the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department Fire Helmets and Boots replacement project;
  • $5,000.00 to Washington Community School’s North Elementary School for the North Elementary 21st Century Learners project;
  • $5,000.00 to Youth First for the Youth First Social Workers Program;
  • $5,000.00 to Washington Carnegie Public Library for the Explore, Empower and Enrich II: Arts & Culture at your Public Library project;
  • $5,000.00 to Washington Police Department for the Interview Room System;
  • $5,000.00 to The Odon Lions Club Foundation for the Odon Park Play Ground Equipment project;
  • $5,000.00 to Daviess County Family YMCA for the Capital Lighting project;
  • $5,000.00 to Odon Police Department for the Technology Advancement and Public Relations project;
  • $5,000.00 to Southwest Indiana PowerHouse for the Study Room and Tutoring Development project;
  • $5,000.00 to Daviess Community Hospital for the Building Character through Education project;
  • $5,000.00 to Central Christian Church for the Backpack Food for Kids program;
  • $4,050.00 to Generations for the Volunteer project to lead Matter of Balance Fall Prevention workshops; and
  • $5,000.00 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for Junior Achievement Programs in Daviess County.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 151 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

 

19 Charitable Community Organizations Granted $413,188 from City of Evansville Endowment Fund

Evansville, Indiana – An historic amount of $413,188 has been awarded as grants to 19 charitable organizations from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) during their annual grant cycle this fall. The CEEF is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc. The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville, and 60% percent of its grant funding is required to be distributed in support of activities in the 4th and 6th wards.

The recipients this year are Carver Community Organization; Community One, Inc.; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center; Evansville African American Museum; Evansville Christian Life Center; Evansville Civic Theatre; Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science; Habitat for Humanity of Evansville; Joshua Academy; Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe); Media Ministries, Inc./Dream Center; Memorial Community Development Corp.; Patchwork Central; Southwestern Healthcare, Inc.; Sycamore Services; The Arc of Evansville; The Potter’s Wheel, Inc.; Tristate Men’s Center/Brothers Keeper; and YWCA of Evansville.

A reception and awards presentation to grant recipients was held Tuesday, November 15, at the Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana/Deaconess VNA Homecare and Hospice.

At their quarterly meeting in September, the CEEF board of directors voted to increase the spending level to this year’s total distribution, the largest in CEEF’s history, representing an increase of more than $30,000 from last year’s total amount. The annual grant cycle began in May.

Jerome Stewart, president of the CEEF Board, notes that granting $413,188 was an enormous opportunity for the Board to support the local charitable community and will help ensure valuable services, resources, and assistance are maintained, expanded, and improved for the many people these recipient organizations serve in Evansville.

“The CEEF board is thrilled that we are again granting even more than before, to so many worthy non-profit organizations needing assistance,” Stewart said. “We feel these grants can make a real impact on the entire Evansville community.”

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 by the Mayor and the City Council, the decision was made in 1998 to establish the endowment fund as a “supporting organization” of the Community Foundation Alliance. As a supporting organization, the CEEF is a distinct legal entity affiliated with the Alliance, created as a public charity under the Alliance’s umbrella. The CEEF’s earnings allow for grantmaking year after year.

The Community Foundation Alliance is a network of 9 county Community Foundations serving southwestern Indiana, working with each to promote philanthropy, build endowment and improve wellbeing in local communities.

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

Please address any further inquiries or questions to:
Melinda Waldroup, Program Director
812.429.1191 ext. 3 (main) | 877.429.1191 (toll-free)

#GivingTuesday Match Multiplies Dollars for Charitable Partners

Giving Tuesday has finally arrived, kicking off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Giving Tuesday has become a global movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy, and today only, on #GivingTuesday, November 29, the Daviess County Community Foundation is hosting a special online event focused on building permanent endowment funds for its local charitable partners. Best of all, the Community Foundation is making $25,000 available to match any new gifts received on #GivingTuesday, multiplying the impact of donations.

To qualify for the matching dollars, only gifts received on November 29 will be eligible .
Give conveniently and securely online here: donate_button1

… or you may give in person at the Community Foundation office location, 320 East Main Street in Washington from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

On #GivingTuesday, your gift can make a double difference in growing the permanent endowment funds held at the Daviess County Community Foundation for any of the following local charitable organizations:

Agriinstitute Institute
Barn Youth Center in Odon
Barr Reeve Scholarship Foundation
Camp Illiana
Catholic Education Endowment
Christ United Methodist Church Youth Group
Daviess Community Hospital Foundation
Daviess County Family YMCA
Daviess County Historical Society
Museum
Daviess County Right to Life
Elnora/Elmore Township Volunteer
Fire Department
FFA of North Daviess Schools
First Baptist Church Youth Group
Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources
Habitat for Humanity Daviess County
Ketcham MemorialParkview Village Christian Care
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
Pregnancy Care Center
Psi Iota Xi Sorority – Washington (Charitable Work)
Red Cross Services in Daviess County
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County
Southwest Indiana Power House
St John Cemetery (Loogootee)
St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Loogootee)
United Way of Daviess County
Washington Carnegie Library
Washington Catholic Schools
Washington Community Schools Foundation
Washington Community Schools Foundation Athletic Department
Washington Community Schools Foundation College Scholarship
Washington Little League
Washington Parks and Recreation
Washington Soccer Federation