The Blackford County Community Foundation
serves the charitable needs of donors,
professional advisors, and nonprofit
organizations in Blackford County, Indiana. We’re
working to make Blackford County a better, more
vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family.

Announcing 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

Makyla M. Mansfield, senior at Blackford High School, has been named the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. The scholarship provides full tuition for four years at the Indiana college of Miss Manfield’s choice and a yearly book stipend. Other finalists will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award from the Blackford County Community Foundation. They are Janell C. Barker, Felicia L. Fuller, Kirsti A. Reed, Tiffani A. Rodgers, and Amber M. Underwood.
More . . .

Makyla Mansfield accepts Lilly Scholarship award
supported by her family. More . . .

SummerFest 2014

Supporting Fine Arts in Our Community

Make plans now to attend the 2014 SummerFest
July 25-26

Juried 2D Art Show
Friday, July 25, 6 p.m.
Blackford County Arts Center
107 W. Washington St., Hartford City

  • Activities for all ages
  • Refreshments
  • Free Parking
  • No gate fee
  • Wide variety of regional arts, including glass work, turned wood, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, and iron work.
  • Accepting exhibitor applications through June 1; early bird booth fee before April 30.
Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, July 26
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Blackford County Courthouse Square

Hartford City High School Airedale Alumni Celebration will also be held on Saturday, July 26, at Hartford City City Hall, 700 N. Walnut St. Watch for additional details.

Nurturing Young People
High Riding Art and Equestrian Camp Award

Ball State University recently awarded a prestigious Immersive Learning award to the 2013 High Riding Art and Equestrian Camp project. The camp has provided 13-20 local special needs campers with art, science, sports, and equestrian activities each of the past three summers. This camp project is the joint effort of the Mackey/McCammon family, Ball State University Immersive Learning, Hillcroft Services, and the Foundation. More . . .

Impacting the Community Through Grants


Date Granted

Amount Granted

Project Description


Youth Service Bureau Born-to-Learn Program

March 2012


A parent educator provides weekly/monthly home visits to families with children ages 0 – 5 to show parents ways to increase their child’s readiness for school learning. The educator also implements monthly playgroups.

30 adults and children were served over the course of nine months; half of those served were in situations that might indicated future learning risks.

Blackford County Schools

August 2012


Science Central provided hands-on science education in the elementary schools in the spring of 2013, including afterschool enrichment.

789 students participated in at least one outreach program. Teacher surveys reported that the program gave students a better understanding of science and mathematics.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Make special arrangements by contacting the office at 765-348-3411.