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/.

The Warrick County Community Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant

(Warrick County, Indiana)  The Warrick County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $150,000 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 expansion of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative within the Warrick County School Corporation (WCSC). 

The Warrick 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 Warrick County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $75,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Warrick 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 Warrick County Community Foundation undertook an extensive process to assess community needs prior to developing our implementation grant proposal. Through numerous conversations with community leaders, we identified mental health and substance abuse as a priority concern. The WCSC has initiated an innovative approach, designed to help young people develop vital skills related to recognizing and managing their emotions. The investment in this program will set the foundation for improved mental health and relationships for the future generations of Warrick County.” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

Last year, the WCSC piloted Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies with great success in one of their elementary schools. Through our partnership with the WCSC, this grant will support additional staffing and training to expand the SEL activities. Initial efforts will focus on expanding SEL strategies into all of the WCSC elementary schools.  This work began with the start of the 2020/2021 school year.    

“The Warrick County Community Foundation is excited to enter into this partnership with the Warrick County School Corporation. Through our numerous community discussions, concerns relating to mental health and substance abuse became a clear priority needing our attention. With the ability to provide support to our local schools, we are hopeful to make a significant positive impact for young people and their families in our communities.” says Tony Loudermilk, the Warrick 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 Gibson County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Gibson County, Indiana)  The Gibson 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 programs that help educate the public about poverty, the realities for people living in poverty, and how organizations, employers, and families can work together to help individuals move out of poverty, and become more self-sufficient.

The Gibson 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 Gibson 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 Gibson 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.

“It has been great working with the community, and coming together during this process.  These funded programs will serve the community for many years to come”, says John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.  “Coordination with local organizations and the community has begun, and scheduling will be announced soon.  The programs being offered are designed to build a stronger community and a better understanding of the cycle of poverty and its impact on Gibson County communities.” 

The Gibson County Community Foundation is partnering with the Oakland City Columbia Township Library, Gibson County School Corporations, The Salvation Army Princeton, and the Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County to successfully implement these programs.

“This grant is an important step in educating our community about the realities of poverty, and how people who are able to make a difference can get involved with our local organizations to build upon the tremendous work being done in Gibson County,” says Matt Monroe, the Gibson 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 Posey County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Posey County, Indiana)  The Posey 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 programs aimed at helping adults and children who are living in the cycle of poverty learn the skills to thrive at home, work, and school through one-on-one interactions, after-school intervention, mentoring, and life skills programs.

The Posey 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 Posey 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 Posey 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.

“It has been great working with the community, and coming together during this process.  These funded programs will serve the community for many years to come”, says John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.  “Coordination with local organizations and the community has begun, and scheduling will be announced soon.  The programs being offered are designed to build a stronger community and a better understanding of the cycle of poverty and its impact on Posey County communities.” 

The Posey County Community Foundation is partnering with Evansville Christian Life Center, Family Matters of Posey County, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s MAGIC After School Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana, Thrive After School Program, Posey County School Corporations, and the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department to successfully implement these programs.

“This grant is a tremendous opportunity for us to truly help residents throughout our county who are impacted by the cycle of poverty. By partnering with these already successful, established, and innovative organizations, we know we will see true dividends in the impact this grant will have throughout our community – especially for our youngest residents.”, says Marissa Priddis, the Posey 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 Knox County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Knox County, Indiana)  The Knox 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 Pantheon’s implementation of Purdue University STEM programming for middle and high school students by expanding STEM programming to Knox County high schools, and supporting a middle school STEM summer camp.

The Knox 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 Knox 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 Knox 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 Leadership Grant process has been a great opportunity to work collaboratively with other leading organizations in our community,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “The Community Foundation Advisory Board chose to focus implementation grant efforts in the area of increased economic opportunity, based on feedback received through stakeholder forums. The Pantheon’s STEM programming addresses a key component of Increased Economic Opportunity, workforce development.” The Pantheon is partnering with Purdue University and Knox County schools to successfully implement this initiative.

“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

Pantheon Education Theatre’s STEM programming for middle and high school students,”’ says Drew Garretson, the Knox 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/.

Posey County Community Foundation Awards Over $111,000 In Community Good Grants

(Posey County, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good Grant awards, totaling $111,080.65 for 27 projects and programs serving Posey County.

All the grants were made possible by donors and organizations, establishing and contributing to community good and field of interest funds, held by the Foundation.

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, the grants conclude the Foundation’s 2020 Community Good Grant Program.

The 2020 Community Good Grant recipients are:

  • $1,048 to Posey County Council on the Aging to purchase a new awning for the Mt. Vernon Senior Citizen wellness center;
  • $10,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Posey County to provide weekend meals for Posey County students;
  • $7,200 to Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation for the replacement and wiring of the light poles at the adult softball field;
  • $5,000 to Zion Lippe United Church of Christ to assist in the food needs of the Posey County Food Pantries and United Caring Services Inc. The proceeds collected are used to acquire hogs and cattle which are processed into 1 lb. packages of ground pork and beef for delivery to the Posey County Food Pantries;
  • $6,000 to Youth First to provide Youth First Social Workers in seven Posey County Schools to equip at-risk K-8 students with tools needed to build strong and resilient futures;
  • $10,000 to Ribeyre Gymnasium Restoration Group to finish tuck pointing the brick on the front (east) exterior wall;
  • $1,494.38 to Mt. Vernon Ministerial Association River Bend Food Pantry for new shopping carts and a paper cutter for clerical purposes;
  • $2,000 to Thrive to provide high-quality, holistic afterschool programming to Mt. Vernon youth in K – 8th grade from West Elementary and the Junior High School;
  • $6,500 to Mount Vernon Youth Baseball to enclose the concessions stand and install air conditioning, to run water to the new field to allow for improved maintenance of the field, to purchase a chest type freezer for the concession stand, to purchase a third portable pitching mound, and the purchase of safety netting to protect spectators from foul balls;
  • $2,100 to Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. to provide a semi-truck load of food to local food pantries and individual families in Posey County;
  • $2,000 reserved for the First Alternate to the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Posey County to provide a one-time $2,000 scholarship;
  • $2,000 to WillowTree of Posey County to provide financial support for rent and utilities for domestic violence and sexual assault victims facing homelessness;
  • $1,185 to Family Matters of Posey County, Indiana, Inc. to purchase items and equipment needed to adequately inform the community about Family Matters through enhanced presentations;
  • $3,000 to Friends of Harmonie State Park to replace the water hydrants/faucets in the campground at Harmonie State Park with handicap accessible versions;
  • $7,500 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project to fund Bags of Hope for Posey Co kids entering foster care & a truck for transporting bags to Direct Access Points across the county;
  • $5,000 to Town of Cynthiana for sidewalk installment and emergency exit improvements at the Community Center to make them ADA compliant;
  • $7,924 to Griffin Community Ruritan Club Foundation, Inc. to re-build the kitchen in the Griffin Gym Ruritan Community Center;
  • $7,500 to Rapp Granary-Owen Foundation, Inc. for the replacement of a geothermal circulating pump;
  • $2,500 to Posey County Health Department to provide support and supplies to families with young children in need of financial assistance;
  • $6,000 to Town of Poseyville to build an open air shelter for the city park;
  • $729.27 to Posey County Head Start to build both a Community Food Share Box & a Community Book Share Box;
  • $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville for the purchase of siding and soffits for a home to be built in Posey County;
  • $4,000 to St. Stephens Episcopal Church to repair above and below the bell and masonry restoration to the bell tower to save the structure and to prevent future water damage;
  • $1,400 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana to provide troop volunteers with a kit that includes sanitation supplies for troop meetings and activities;
  • $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana to provide youth with a professionally screened and supported volunteer for one-to-one mentoring relationship;
  • $2,000 to TRI-CAP to provide free, local, unbiased enrollment assistance from a Certified Healthcare Navigator to anyone seeking Medicaid or Marketplace health insurance; and
  • $2,000 to Chemo Buddies to provide every first day cancer patient a comfort kit/goody bag which includes:  Chapstick, hand sanitizer, port pillows, neck rest, warm blankets, tissues, game books, candy, pen, and a journal to take their minds off of being afraid.

The funds making the grant awards possible are community good and field of interest funds including the Atkins Family Fund, CountryMark Black Township Fund, Morris Family Fund, Posey County Youth Council Fund, Rosella and Doyle Oursler Fund, Charles and Frances Crawford and Beth Ann Mosier Fund, ConAgra Fund, CountryMark Posey County Fund, Ella and Stanley Maynor Memorial Fund, Friends of Posey County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund – Posey, Heritage Federal Community Good Fund of Posey County, Memorial Fund of Posey County, Posey County Veterans of Foreign Wars Fund, Robert and Carole Rust Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund of Posey County, Smithville Targeting Lasting Change Fund, and Tom and Nelda Hickey Fund.

Community Foundation Awards Over $90,000 In Community Good Grants

(Princeton, Indiana)  The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good Grant awards, totaling $90,132 for 22 projects and programs serving Gibson County.

All the grants were made possible by donors and organizations, establishing and contributing to community good and field of interest funds, held by the Foundation.

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, the grants conclude the Foundation’s 2020 Community Good Grant Program.

The 2020 Community Good Grants recipients are:

  • $7,500 to Holly’s House, Inc. to support the “Think First & Stay Safe” child abuse prevention program that teaches elementary students how to recognize and react correctly to unsafe situations;
  • $8,000 to Princeton Community Intermediate School to purchase content-rich book bags for all Princeton Community Intermediate School students;
  • $4,000 to Gibson County Habitat for Humanity to acquire property for a future build;
  • $3,000 to Gibson County Youth Theatre to purchase the rights, royalties, materials and orchestration for the 2020-2021 season;
  • $5,000 to Youth First to provide free access to expert mental health support in 16 Gibson County schools to over 5,000 K-12 students;
  • $8,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to provide hunger relief for local children during the 2020-2021 school year;
  • $4,000 reserved for the First Alternate to the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Gibson County to provide four $1,000 scholarships over their four-years in college;
  • $3,000 to East Gibson Dollars for Scholars to provide financial support for graduating seniors of Wood Memorial High School to continue their education;
  • $3,000 to Gibson Southern Scholarships, Inc. to provide financial support for graduating seniors of Gibson Southern High School to continue their education;
  • $3,000 to Princeton Area Dollars for Scholars, Inc. to provide financial support for graduating seniors of Princeton Community High School to continue their education;
  • $2,100 to Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. to provide a semi-truck load of food to local food pantries and individual families in Gibson County;
  • $2,000 to Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation to underwrite admission for Gibson County third through fifth graders to attend the Orchestra’s Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts, scheduled for March, 2021;
  • $7,500 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project to provide Bags of Hope for Gibson Co kids entering foster care & a truck for transporting bags to Direct Access Points across the county;
  • $5,000 to Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation to complete the final stages of a Shelter House structure complete with a kitchenette area and updated picnic tables to better accommodate guests;
  • $3,000 to The Salvation Army Princeton to replace an oven to better prepare and distribute warm meals in the soup kitchen;
  • $5,000 to The Lord’s Pantry to purchase a used van to continue the delivery of food items to those that are unable to visit the pantry;
  • $2,577 to Sts. Peter and Paul School to purchase the Reflex Math program for 2nd through 5th grade students;
  • $800 to Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library to support the Social Justice Book Club, a six-week program for students in grades 1-4, focusing on various leaders who broke ground fighting injustices;
  • $8,655 to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana to equip the Health Specialty Lab which will support Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), phlebotomy, and Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) certification programs;
  • $1,500 to Tulip Tree Health Services of Gibson County Inc. to purchase play therapy materials which help children better express feelings/emotions and describe events during therapy sessions with Behavioral Health providers;
  • $2,500 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay processing fees on large game/livestock and give this meat to hunger-relief agencies; and
  • $1,000 to The Arc of Gibson County to purchase standing desk converters and anti-fatigue mats for work stations.

The funds making the grant awards possible are community good and field of interest funds including the Toyota Fund; Brown Family Fund; German American Bancorp Community Fund – Gibson; Jack Freudenberg Family Fund; Melvin Oing Memorial Fund; Ann, John and William Eugene Dunn Fund; Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund of Gibson County; Friends of Gibson County Fund; David and Janet Oldham Family Fund; Phillip and Sharen Buyher Fund; Troy and Virginia Land Unrestricted Fund; Gibson Board of Trustees Fund; Bonaparte Family Unrestricted Fund; and the Ray J. (Jerry) Watson and Ruth L. Watson Memorial Fund.

Women’s Fund Of Vanderburgh Announces Impact Grant Finalists

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County has announced the six finalist organizations to be considered for their 2020 Impact Grant awards.   

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.

Decisions on this year’s grants will be announced at the Women’s Fund Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Members will select two organizations to receive $25,000 grants, with the remaining four organizations receiving $10,000 grants. This year’s finalists and their proposals are:

  • 4C of Southern Indiana for Building Resilience in Families,
  • EVSC Foundation, Inc. for Let’s clothe Evansville,
  • Holly’s House, Inc. for “Think First & Stay Safe” Sexual Abuse Child Prevention Program,
  • The House of Bread and Peace, Inc. for Direct Care/ Office Staff,
  • United Caring Services for “Clean And Caring” Improvement Project, and
  • Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office for Vanderburgh County Crime Victim Emergency Assistance.

Since 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $991,000 to organizations serving local families. Past Impact Grants have provided funding for projects and programs at the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, United Caring Shelter, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth First, Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, and the YWCA.

“Like no other year, 2020 has brought unprecedented challenge and has tested our community’s resilience,” states Candice Perry, Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County Advisory Board.  “We continue to be inspired and reminded of the impact of our community’s nonprofit organizations and the work they are able to do every day. It is truly an honor to be a part of an organization which supports this impactful work in our community today and for the future, as well!”

Men’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Announces 2020 Impact Grant Finalists

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County’s annual meeting will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 5:30pm, at the Evansville County Club.  Donors to the Men’s Fund will be selecting the 2020 recipient for their Community Impact Grant at the meeting.

Over the past four years, the Men’s Fund has awarded impact grants totaling more than $117,000 for charitable programs and projects serving Vanderburgh County.  This is the fifth year this generous group of almost 80 donors has presented these grant awards.

The 2020 Impact Grant finalists and their proposals are:

  • Borrowed Hearts Foundation for the Little Hearts Clubhouse Daycare Ministry;
  • Boys & Girls Club of Evansville for the Boys & Girls Club Bus; and
  • Dream Center Evansville for the Jacobsville Kids Zone.

The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is designed to create enjoyable social events and networking opportunities, all while improving the community. The Men’s Fund’s motto is “Men Who Get Things Done,” focusing on supporting charitable causes that address projects and programs important to donor members. New members are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

For more information about the annual meeting or to become a member of the Men’s Fund, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/mens-fund/, or contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.429.1191, ext. 105 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

City Of Evansville Endowment Fund (Ceef) Recognizes Outgoing Board President And Elects First Woman President

(Evansville, Indiana)  During the City of Evansville Endowment Fund’s (CEEF) June board meeting Jerome Stewart (4th Ward) was recognized for his service as the outgoing board president.  “It has been a great honor to serve as president of a board that is all about community and giving back,” says Stewart.

Amber Rascoe was elected as the first woman CEEF Board President. Rascoe has served as a board member for the past three years.  Stewart says, “Amber has been impressive during her time as a board member. She has great leadership qualities which is why the board unanimously voted for her to become our next president.” 

Rascoe currently serves on the board at WNIN, and is the board president of Joshua Academy Preschool. Rascoe currently works at German American Bank as a Community Home Loan Specialist, and has been with the company for over 11 years.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the CEEF board. I feel lucky to follow an excellent example of board leadership by Jerome. Thank you to the current board members for their confidence.  I’m excited to continue helping local nonprofits assist our communities through grant opportunities,” says Rascoe.  She encourages local nonprofits to visit the website to stay current with grant details https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund/

Additional board officers elected at the meeting, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, include Vice President Alan Groves, Treasurer Jerome Stewart, and Secretary Susan Harp.  New board members elected this year include Ron Beane, Justin Elpers, and Kaitlin Moore Morley.

Pike County Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

(Petersburg, Indiana)  The Pike County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is  September 15, 2020.

The Foundation awards Community Good Grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Pike 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/pike-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.

For questions, contact Cindy Gaskins at director@pikecommunityfoundation.org.

Perry County Community Foundation Recognizes Outgoing Board, Elects New Officers And Approves New Board

(Perry County, Indiana)  During the Perry County Community Foundation’s June board meeting, Amy Hollinden and Adam Goffinet and Matt Butler each were recognized for three years of service as outgoing advisory board members. “We will be forever grateful for their leadership, commitment to our organization, and continued advocacy within our communities.” says Mary James, Regional Director of Development.

Incoming advisory board officers were also elected at the meeting, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and include President Rita Mahoney and Vice President Rebecca Etienne.

In addition, three new advisory board members were elected. Marty Kaiser, Rachel Roccia, and Dr. Joe Sisley.  

Marty Kaiser is a graduate of Jasper High School. Kaiser has been with Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company since 1988. His current position at Springs Valley is Senior Executive Vice President and Financial Advisory Group Manager. He is a board member of the Tri-County YMCA. He is also a member of the Tell City Knights of Columbus, Tell City Moose, and St. Paul Catholic Church. Kaiser resides in Perry County with his wife, Tricia, and their four children. In his free time, he enjoys taking family vacations in his motorhome, working with his mules, and cycling. Kaiser has completed the Rain Ride across Indiana several times.

Rachel Roccia has worked for German American for 21 years and is currently the Financial Center Supervisor for the Tell City Rivergate location. She serves as President of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Tri-Kappa and is the treasurer for Brick By Brick.  She also serves on the We the Youth Board and Salvation Army Board for Perry County.  Roccia is the Education Chair at the First United Methodist Church and served as Youth Coordinator in the past for approximately 17 years.  She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute and Purdue North Central in Westville Indiana.  Roccia has been married to Randy for 39 years and they have two grown children, and have been blessed with five grandchildren. She attended Leadership Perry County Class and has participated in JA at both Perry Central and Tell City.  Her hobbies include attending Bible Studies, writing and Musical Theatre.  

Dr. Joe Sisley is a 2000 Graduate of Heritage Hills High School. He is an Alumni of Indiana University in 2004 with a BS in Biology and 2008 from the Indiana University School of Optometry. Sisley received the 2017 Young Optometrist of the Year for Indiana. He recently joined the practice of Burris, LeClere, & Labhart Eye Center taking over for Dr. Burris. Sisley is a board member of the Spencer County Public Library, a member of the Kiwanis Club of South Spencer, and St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Chrisney, IN.  He previously served on the Rockport City Parks Board, Spencer County 4-H Board, and Indiana Optometric Association State Board. Sisley grew up in Spencer County and currently lives in Rockport, IN.  His hobbies include running, biking, hiking and being outdoors.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-vanderburgh. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for 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. The Community Foundation will nominate three students to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Vanderburgh County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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 Community Good Grants Program Now Accepting Applications

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, August 27, 2020.

“This year, our Community Good grant cycle has expanded funding opportunities for our charitable partners,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

Osmon added that the Community Foundation’s flexibility in meeting the needs of the community makes it possible for grant cycles to change from year to year. “Our board’s decision to change this year’s Community Good grant cycle to accept both project-based and general support applications was based on the needs in our community today. We know our charitable partners are adjusting to many changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to respond to their needs by changing this year’s grant cycle, and offering an expanded funding option that is well-suited to support their vital work.”

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. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email by November 1, 2020.

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.