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.

2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Announced

Laura Sills, daughter of Christopher and Deborah Sills, has received the 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Laura has been working toward this goal since seventh grade. More . . .

New Grants Total $77,460

During the first round of grants in 2015, the Foundation made awards

  • to 16 local nonprofit organizations
  • 1/2 of funds went to youth development programs

Students Lead the Way in Community Development
Through WE ENGAGE Program

Fourteen Blackford High School students shared their visions of community projects that could make Blackford County a better place at the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation annual dinner on March 18. The audience voted for a community theatre project created by students Jamie Twibell, Kendall Day, and Ashley Johnson. The Foundation is providing part of the $10,000 award for implementation of this winning idea. More. . .

Your Donation Could Be Even Bigger

Thanks to a donation match opportunity from Lilly Endowment Inc., your dollars can have an even greater impact on Blackford County’s future. Find out how we can match your $10 to make it $15 or even $20. More . . . 

Community Projects Qualifying for Match

The Foundation has approved three new community projects that qualify for the Lilly Endowment Inc. matching dollars allotted to community outreach and education.

  • Greenway project from Hartford City to Blackford High School
  • Bus for the Blackford County YMCA transporation needs (completed)
  • Blackford County Concerned Citizens Inc. environmental health project cancer risk reduction

Donations to these projects will be matched $2 donor dollars to $1 match dollar.

 Past Donors Honored at Foundation Dinner

A dinner held at Lake Placid Conference Center on February 18 was attended by over forty Foundation donors. Over the past three years, their contributions that have made many community projects possible.

Impacting the Community Through Grants


Date Granted

Amount Granted

Project Description


LifeStream Services Inc.

June 2013


The New InterUrban  provides free public transportation to residents of Harrison Township 

From October 2013  through March 2014, the New InterUrban provided 532 trips: 400 trips were made to groceries, pharmacies, and other retail shops, 32 were trips to physicians or care centers, 90 trips were to the local food bank, library, churches, etc.

National Center for College Costs

November 2013


The NCCC provided presentations to high school grade levels and support for a FAFSA completion day in February 2014 as a way to advocate for and assist students and their families in finding the resources for postsecondary education. 

Forty-two students and their families completed the federal aid for called FAFSA by the event date and identified $310,026 in federal and state grant dollars available to them.

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