Grants at Work

Through generous gifts and in partnership with the Foundation, our generous donors create greater good by funding grants to community organizations that improve quality of life in our county. Below are just a few spotlights on how our donors are improving our community through their donations to funds in the Perry County Community Foundation!

Helping our students…

Students are less restless and concentrate better when they have alternate furniture options that allow for movement,” said Mary Roberson, Superintendent of Perry Central Schools, which last year received grant funding for the project “Moving Minds.” These funds purchased standing desks, Ergo™ seats, resistance bands, and Zenergy Ball chairs to help support students who perform better with movement. Thanks to our donors, Perry Central can use this innovative equipment to help students learn – a true investment in the future of our community!

An additional donor-sponsored project at the school is the set-up of a video production room for Commodore Chatter. The goal of Commodore Chatter is for students to learn about current events and report on them, allowing students to explore career opportunities and learn important hands-on skills. This project also provides a viable video option for school events. Next year, the school hopes to offer a broadcasting class, after increased student interest in this program.

Thanks to our donors to the Friends of Perry County Fund, last year the Tell City Jr-Sr High Renaissance Club received a grant for Communicating Through Film project. The grant allowed them to purchase the necessary tools and technology to effectively and efficiently film activities, teaching technology and other marketable skills. The students are excited and grateful for this opportunity and plan an expansion of the project next year. Without the gifts of our donors, these opportunities would not be possible.

Another project granted money was the Tell City Jr-Sr High’s Digital Yearbook for Junior High. With equipment purchased through this grant – including a video and still camera for student use – for the first time in years, Junior High Students will have a yearbook. Grant funds were used to purchase a video and still camera for student use while creating a digital yearbook. Students involved in this digital yearbook project learn to work as a team on a committee and learn about technology. This project will continue to positively impact our community for years to come.

Also the Tell City-Troy School Corporation received a grant for their project Tell City Explores Computer Science. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the school was able to purchase a laptop computer and a document camera, used to facilitate training in computer science, and providing software for use with interactive whiteboards. Document cameras allow for more interactive and enhanced ability to share student work with the entire class.

Another grant was provided to help provide educational opportunities through the Indiana HSE (High School Equivalency exam). It is an alternative for earning a high school diploma. Workers who have a high school diploma earn over $8,000 more a year than those do not, and taking the HSE is the first step in moving forward. With the HSE Testing Assistance program, partially funded by a grant from the Perry County Community Foundation through the generosity of donors, it is now easier for these students to earn their diploma and join the workforce.

Cannelton School also received funding, for recreational equipment and materials to help keep students safe.

Helping others save lives…

The Cannelton Fire Department purchased five air bottles thanks to the generosity of our donors. These air bottles are essential to the firemen to help them breathe while fighting fires. The air bottles were utilized by the Fire Department during the Huber Funeral Home fire in Cannelton in June 2016.  This purchase is an important addition to the department, helping to keep firemen safe while on the scene.

The Deaconess Foundation received a grant to place three automated external defibrillators (AED) in our community. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and is able to treat them through defibrillation. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heartbeat during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy tool to operate, even for persons with no medical background. We are very fortunate to have partnered with the Deaconess Foundation  and to have the support of the local community to place these lifesaving AEDs around our area to be used in times of dire need.

The Cannelton Police Department was awarded grant money to purchase radios, desk top chargers, batteries, traffic cones and new vests to be used when directing or diverting traffic. All of these upgrades assist the officers in keeping the community of Cannelton safe.

Helping preserve our history…

The Perry County Museum received funding for their Pioneer Traveling Exhibit. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Friends of Perry County Fund, the Foundation provided funds to the Museum to create 6 exhibit boards that will be used in all 3 county schools, as well as at Bicentennial events. These exhibits will help the Museum spread awareness and nurture appreciation of the history of Perry County, so both current and future generations may understand, appreciate and learn from our past.

Additionally, the Perry County Museum received funds from the Tom and Jane Huber Fund and the Historic Cannelton, Inc., Fund. These funds contributed to a bathroom renovation currently in progress. There are also plans for painting and adding lighting in the hallway. If you haven’t visited the museum, take some time to stop by and learn more about Perry County’s past.

Our furry friends need help, too!

The Perry County Animal Shelter was also a recipient of one of our grants. During the 2015-2016 cycle, the shelter was able to purchase stainless steel food and water dishes, as well as stainless steel litter boxes. Utilizing stainless steel instead of plastic reduces diseases. The shelter has already seen a decrease in disease at the shelter, including fewer respiratory infections in cats. The shelter utilized another Foundation grant to purchase and install new, more sturdy, secure, and safe caging for animals.