Spring Newsletter Arrives

Two or three times per year, the Foundation sends a printed newsletter to donors that offers recent news and photos pertaining to Foundation grant awards and initiatives. Look for the May 2018 newsletter in your mailbox this week.

Postsecondary Scholarship Applications Now Available

Blackford County Community Foundation has scholarships available for 2018-19 for currently enrolled college students and nontraditional students who are Blackford County residents and have a GPA of at least 2.5. The application for these postsecondary scholarships is available now. Recipients must submit an official grade transcript that includes the student’s spring 2018 grades and a FAFSA form as part of the application. The due date is July 5, 2018. Additional information and the application are available here.

Grants Awarded

Blackford County Community Foundation, Inc. has awarded 15 grants during the first grant cycle of 2018, in a total amount of $126,854.  Those groups receiving awards include,

Blackford United Way- $5,000,
Hartford City Library (Completion of Nature Play Hard Scape)- $20,604,
Hartford City Library (Splash Pad)- $20,250,
Hartford City Library (Matching Grant for Nature play Stations)- $10,000,
Blackford County Mental Health Association- $1,000,
Tori’s Butterfly Garden Foundation (Summer Fest)- $2,500,
Arts Place Inc. for Blackford County Arts Center (Music)- $25,000,
Arts Place Inc. for Blackford County Arts Center  (Mural Project)- $1,000,
Blackford County Schools (Camp Invention) – $5,000,
Senior Citizens Center- $1000,
High School Greenway (Matching Grant for Greenway Amenities)- $10,000
Imagination Library (Dolly Parton Books for pre-school children)- $2,500
Blackford County Historical Society- $3,000
Hartford City Parks Department (Prairie Grass Restoration Area) – $15,000
Community and Family Services (Food Bank)- $5,000

The funded projects range from pre-school support to assistance for those in need.  As always the foundations wants to support a wide variety of causes that benefit the community and help to enhance the lives of the citizens of Blackford County by acting as a catalyst for positive change.

There will be a special open house for The Hartford City Library Nature Play Area, on Saturday April 21, 2018, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Come and tour the new area and see how you can help grow the space.

The due date for cycle two grant applications is July 19, 2018.  If you have questions, need assistance, or want an applications for 2018 contact the Blackford County Community Foundation office at 121 N. High St., Hartford City, check our website at www.blackfordcofoundation.org, or call 348-3411 for more information.

Nature Playscape Project in Progress

A grant to the Hartford City Public Library from the Foundation is providing funding for the creation of nature and literacy play stations to the east of the library. The project has been in the works for nearly a year. Construction is just beginning during the warmer days of this winter and into the spring months. For more information read our news story here.