(Princeton, Indiana) The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good grant awards, totaling $61,517 for 20 projects and programs serving Gibson County.
All the grants were made possible by people 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 2019 Community Good Grant Program.
The grants are:
- $5,000 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
- $5,000 to Princeton Community Intermediate School to purchase Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum for grades 3 and 4 as well as their K-5 Life Skills classroom
- $4,300 to Gibson County Habitat for Humanity to provide support in completing the fifth and final home in their east side Princeton development project, including fencing, water and sewer lines
- $4,050 to Gibson County Youth Theatre to purchase the rights, royalties, materials and orchestration for Frozen Junior and Willy Wonka Kids to be performed during their 2019-2020 season
- $4,000 to Youth First to provide social workers in Gibson County schools, this project will provide free, accessible and expert mental health support in 12 Gibson County schools to over 2,600 students at all age levels
- $4,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Gibson County to provide weekend meals for Gibson County students
- $4,000 reserved for the First Alternate to the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Gibson County to provide four $1,000 scholarships over their four-years in college
- $3,700 to Ride Solution to secure a portion of the 20% matching funds for a new vehicle that will be used for Public Transportation in Gibson County
- $3,477 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley to provide their volunteers with the necessary tools to keep their new House running efficiently including, housekeeping carts, tow dolly/hand truck, laundry basket/wire cart, and vacuums
- $3,000 to Children’s Center for Dance Education for two performances of “Swan Lake” in May 2020 at the Gibson Southern High School Auditorium to approximately 600 Gibson County school children in grades 2-4
- $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
- $2,400 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana to help in the teaching of 46 classes in 11 Gibson County schools, serving over 1,000 Gibson County students
- $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 provide transportation for Gibson County students to attend the 2019-2020 Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts
- $2,000 to Emmy, Corp. d/b/a Gibson County Animal Services to improve the quality of life for low-income Seniors by assisting them in being able to keep and care for their companion animals
- $1,490 to East Gibson School Corporation to provide teacher curriculums, student library of Social-Emotional Learning books, and equipment to implement student “quiet/reset areas” in each classroom at Oakland City Elementary School
- $1,000 to Gibson County Chamber of Commerce to provide workshops to help entrepreneurs and other underserved business populations to strengthen their knowledge as they start their business, seasoned businesses that provide jobs to low income or low skilled employees to grow their business, and community leaders to be more aware and active in the community needs
- $1,000 to Ft. Branch First United Methodist Church to support their Back to School Bash, the Bash helps ease the burden of purchasing adequate school supplies on Gibson County families with every student receiving a backpack filled with needed school supplies regardless of need
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 Ray J. (Jerry) Watson and Ruth L. Watson Memorial Fund.