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.