Posey County Community Foundation Awards Over $111,000 In Community Good Grants

(Posey County, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good Grant awards, totaling $111,080.65 for 27 projects and programs serving Posey 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 Grant recipients are:

  • $1,048 to Posey County Council on the Aging to purchase a new awning for the Mt. Vernon Senior Citizen wellness center;
  • $10,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Posey County to provide weekend meals for Posey County students;
  • $7,200 to Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation for the replacement and wiring of the light poles at the adult softball field;
  • $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;
  • $6,000 to Youth First to provide Youth First Social Workers in seven Posey County Schools to equip at-risk K-8 students with tools needed to build strong and resilient futures;
  • $10,000 to Ribeyre Gymnasium Restoration Group to finish tuck pointing the brick on the front (east) exterior wall;
  • $1,494.38 to Mt. Vernon Ministerial Association River Bend Food Pantry for new shopping carts and a paper cutter for clerical purposes;
  • $2,000 to Thrive to provide high-quality, holistic afterschool programming to Mt. Vernon youth in K – 8th grade from West Elementary and the Junior High School;
  • $6,500 to Mount Vernon Youth Baseball to enclose the concessions stand and install air conditioning, to run water to the new field to allow for improved maintenance of the field, to purchase a chest type freezer for the concession stand, to purchase a third portable pitching mound, and the purchase of safety netting to protect spectators from foul balls;
  • $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 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Posey County to provide a one-time $2,000 scholarship;
  • $2,000 to WillowTree of Posey County to provide financial support for rent and utilities for domestic violence and sexual assault victims facing homelessness;
  • $1,185 to Family Matters of Posey County, Indiana, Inc. to purchase items and equipment needed to adequately inform the community about Family Matters through enhanced presentations;
  • $3,000 to Friends of Harmonie State Park to replace the water hydrants/faucets in the campground at Harmonie State Park with handicap accessible versions;
  • $7,500 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project to fund Bags of Hope for Posey Co kids entering foster care & a truck for transporting bags to Direct Access Points across the county;
  • $5,000 to Town of Cynthiana for sidewalk installment and emergency exit improvements at the Community Center to make them ADA compliant;
  • $7,924 to Griffin Community Ruritan Club Foundation, Inc. to re-build the kitchen in the Griffin Gym Ruritan Community Center;
  • $7,500 to Rapp Granary-Owen Foundation, Inc. for the replacement of a geothermal circulating pump;
  • $2,500 to Posey County Health Department to provide support and supplies to families with young children in need of financial assistance;
  • $6,000 to Town of Poseyville to build an open air shelter for the city park;
  • $729.27 to Posey County Head Start to build both a Community Food Share Box & a Community Book Share Box;
  • $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville for the purchase of siding and soffits for a home to be built in Posey County;
  • $4,000 to St. Stephens Episcopal Church to repair above and below the bell and masonry restoration to the bell tower to save the structure and to prevent future water damage;
  • $1,400 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana to provide troop volunteers with a kit that includes sanitation supplies for troop meetings and activities;
  • $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana to provide youth with a professionally screened and supported volunteer for one-to-one mentoring relationship;
  • $2,000 to TRI-CAP to provide free, local, unbiased enrollment assistance from a Certified Healthcare Navigator to anyone seeking Medicaid or Marketplace health insurance; and
  • $2,000 to Chemo Buddies to provide every first day cancer patient a comfort kit/goody bag which includes:  Chapstick, hand sanitizer, port pillows, neck rest, warm blankets, tissues, game books, candy, pen, and a journal to take their minds off of being afraid.

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.