Knox County Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards

Vincennes, Indiana. September 2, 2015.   Knox County Community Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $43,205 for 12 projects of 10 organizations serving Knox County. The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Community Good grant cycle and based on 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 are made possible through the generosity of people and organizations who are investing in the future of Knox County by establishing and contributing to Community Good funds held by the Foundation. Community Good funds established so far include Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund; Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund; Kathy Rinsch For Knox County, Forever Fund; Friends of Knox County Fund; German American Bancorp Fund; Jim and Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund; Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted 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; Chris and Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund; and the Norbert M. and Louise A. Welch Fund.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Backpacks of Love for VCSC for the Backpacks of Love Project, to provide students in the Vincennes Community School Corporation with a supply of food for the weekend,
  • Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. for the Coalition Loads Project, to pay freight costs for one load of donated food product to distribute to needy families,
  • Children & Family Services, Corp for the I Am for the Child, Knox County CASA Program, to support training expenses for CASA staff and volunteers,
  • Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. for the Media Studio Project, to provide support for video production equipment to create media for reaching out to community groups in order to gain volunteer and financial support,
  • Holly’s House, Inc. for the Services for Victims of Child Abuse Project, to provide support for forensic interviews, medical exams, and supportive services for victims of child abuse,
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry for the “Meat” the Need Project 2015, to support meat processing expenses for large game/livestock donated by hunters and farmers to be provided to local hunger relief agencies,
  • Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for the JA Economics for Success and JA It’s My Future Programs for Knox County 7th and 8th grade students, to provide practical information on personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on a student’s skills and interests,
  • The Salvation Army for the Pathway of Hope Program, a strength based comprehensive case management approach to help guide people out of the cycle of poverty with clear goals and support,
  • Westphalia Housing, Inc. for the Windows Project, to assist with the replacement of windows in one duplex,
  • YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Adult Day Center for the You “Lift” Me Up! Project, to purchase a standing lift chair to enable the staff to move, lift, and transfer wheelchair bound clients easily and safely
  • YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Center for the You Ride, We Roll! Project, to provide public transportation to those who are in need of becoming transportation independent, and
  • YMCA of Vincennes for the 3rd Grade Water Safety Program, to provide support for the YMCA 3rd Grade Water Safety course that teaches fundamental water safety skills to over 250 Knox County children.

About the Knox County Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit