(Posey County, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good grant awards, totaling $96,579.75 for 28 projects and programs serving Posey 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:
- $8,000 to Posey County Council on the Aging to provide vehicle match money for the purchase of a new van for vehicle transportation
- $7,500 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Posey County to provide weekend meals for Posey County students
- $7,000 to New Harmony Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a new battery operated extrication combi-tool for their small Rescue Truck, this will allow them to take the smaller more versatile tool to hard to reach areas
- $6884.95 to Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation to replace the water slide at Brittlebank Pool and installing a new shelter structure at Brittlebank Park to improve the guest experience at both locations
- $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana to help in the teaching of 100 classes in Posey County, serving approximately 2,300 students, resulting in over 11,000 individual contact hours
- $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
- $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 Youth First to provide social workers in Posey County schools, this project will provide free, accessible and expert mental health support in 5 Posey County schools to over 1,500 students ages 5-12
- $5,000 to Ribeyre Gymnasium Restoration Group to finish tuck pointing of front (east) exterior brick wall. This involves hiring a historic approved masonry company who specializes in Historic Renovation
- $4,707 to The Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department to replace the fire department’s Fire Ground Radio Repeater/Talk-Around System, this will greatly improve the ability to communicate in fire and medical emergency situations
- $3,571.15 to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to support the Supplementing and Reinforcing Life Skills with Math, Science, Geography and Computers program
- $3,557.95 to Wolfgang Orchestra and Chorus, Inc to purchase a Yamaha 23″ Standard Aluminum Timpani w/ Cover, Pearl Concert Bass Drum – Philharmonic Series, and Sabian Philharmonic Hand Cymbals to increase and vary the classical music selections played by the introduction of the new instruments
- $3,000 to Mt. Vernon Ministerial Association River Bend Food Pantry for the purchase of utility carts to help with the transportation of food to and from the food pantry
- $3,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay processing fees on large game donations allowing the processed meat to be donated to hunger relief agencies within Posey County
- $3,000 to Thrive to support their holistic afterschool programming to Mt. Vernon youth in K – 8th grades from West Elementary and the Mt. Vernon Junior High
- $2,590 to MSD of North Posey for the purchase of two AEDs, from the Deaconess HeartSaver AED program, to be placed and North Elementary and South Terrace Elementary schools
- $2,500 to Mount Vernon Youth Baseball for the purchase of new bleachers to be used at the baseball and softball fields
- $2,400 to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to set up centers in our classrooms such as stem, literacy, blocks, and art to encourage cognitive and emotional learning serving ages 6 weeks to age 5
- $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 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Posey County to provide a one-time $2,000 scholarship
- $2,000 to Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation to provide transportation for Posey County students to attend the 2019-2020 Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts
- $2,000 to WillowTree of Posey County to support the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project to provide services and support to victims of domestic violence in Posey County
- $1,745 to WillowTree of Posey County to support the Technology Outreach Project to expand and enhance their services by improving their online presence by improving and integrating their technology systems including the purchase a refurbished laptop for presentations and the purchase of a refurbished tablet with wifi capability and cellular data to connect with clients
- $1,555 to University of Southern Indiana to purchase equipment necessary to record interviews, including a camera, microphone and lighting, and an honorarium for a video editor to complete the Crossing Generations project
- $1,024.70 to Family Matters of Posey County, Indiana, Inc. for the purchase of 30, 4-quart, slow cookers, recipes and food preparation items to conduct three cooking classes to teach families how to provide nutritious meals for their families
- $500 to St. Wendel Catholic School for the purchase of additional books to help broaden their Accelerated Reader program
- $500 to Greater Evansville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help provide non-medical financial assistance, including gas and grocery cards and utility payments, for patients within Smith Township who are currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and living within 250% of poverty level
- $444 to St. Wendel Catholic School to purchase replacement pads and battery to upgrade their current AED
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.