Foundation Awards $62,003 In Grants To Knox County Charitable Organizations

(September 25, 2019)  At today’s Knox County Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, the Knox County Community Foundation took the stage to present $62,003 in grant awards to 16 charitable organizations serving Knox County.

The grants, made possible by donors to the Foundation’s Community Good, or unrestricted, endowment funds, will fund charitable projects and programs serving Knox County residents.

“We appreciate all our donors who make these awards possible,” says Hannah Shields, Development Director for the Foundation. “Their gifts fuel our grantmaking, year after year, and will do so forever.”

According to Lauren Osmon, Community Engagement and Impact Director for the Foundation, charitable organizations serving Knox County applied through the Foundation’s annual Community Good grant program. “This particular program invites organizations to apply for funding for projects and programs supporting arts and culture, community development, education, health and human services, and other civic endeavors such as environment, recreation, and youth development. We were very pleased with the quality of all the funding applications we received this year.”

Osmon said a volunteer committee of community leaders reviewed the applications. Their recommendations were submitted for final approval to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance, of which the Knox County Community Foundation is an affiliate.

Organizations and grants include:

  • The United Way of Knox County received $1,000 for the Bed Time in a Box program;
  • Knox County Superior Court 1 received $2,850 for Family Recovery Court program supplies to support the incentive store;
  • Knox County 4-H Council received $3,000 for the 4-H Lego Robotics Club program;
  • Deaconess Foundation received $6,475 for the Knox County HeartSaver AED project;
  • The YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Center received $3,168 for the “Grab a Seat and Sit a Spell” project;
  • Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District received $6,500 for the Land Stewardship in the Mariah Creek and Kessinger Ditch Watersheds project;
  • Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. received $1,410 for the Food Pantry program;
  • First Christian Church KETA (Kids Equipped to Achieve) received $5,500 for the purchase of backpacks for the KETA, Inc. program;
  • Backpacks of Love received $5,000 for the Backpacks of Love for VCSC program;
  • Spirit of Vincennes, Inc. received $5,000 for the purchase of a permanent roof for the Vincennes Rendezvous outdoor stage;
  • Old Town Players Community Theater received $600 for Assisted Living The Musical: THE HOME…for the holidays;
  • Knox County Drug Court Foundation received $3,000 for healthcare treatment assistance and emergency-related expenses for the Drug Court Foundation Incentive program;
  • Knox County Youth Foundation received $3,000 for Red Ribbon Week 2019;
  • Knox County Life After Meth, Inc. received $12,000 for housing improvements for the LAM 2020 project;
  • James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School received $1,500 for a sensory path for the Learning in Motion program; and
  • Westphalia Housing, Inc. received $2,000 for the Daikin Two Head Mini Split System project.

People and organizations establishing and contributing to Field of Interest and Community Good Funds held by the Foundation made the awards possible.

Those funds are the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Fund for Education Enhancement in Knox County, the  Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund, Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund, Bill and Jenny Hackney Family Fund, Louis (Brocky) Brocksmith Family Fund, Burkhart Family Fund, Clarence J “Mac” McCormick III Fund, David and Pam Gardner Fund, Dr. Phillip M Summers Family Fund, Farbest Foods Community Good Fund for Knox County, Kathy Rinsch “For Knox County, Forever.” Fund, Friends of Knox County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, Jim and Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund, Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted Fund, Jacoby Family Fund, Jim and Gail Eskew Fund, John D. Miller Memorial Fund, Leonard Family Fund, Richard P. and Helen G. Lux Unrestricted Fund, Medical Center of Vincennes Inc. Fund, Gordon, William and Christina Miller Fund, Old National Fund for Knox County, Robert M. Orvick Memorial Fund, Bertha Wallace Reynolds Fund, Dr. Roger and Sue Montgomery Fund, Women’s Fund of Knox County, Chris and Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund, Waldroup Family Fund, Norbert M. and Louise A. Welch Fund, and the Youth Inspiring Peers Fund.