Blackford Promise is a college and career initiative that provides encouragement and financial support for young students in the county to pursue their future dreams. The program provides state and local initiatives through school programming for students in kindergarten through fourth grade to begin their planning now. And it provides monetary incentives to begin planning for financing education beyond high school to meet those career goals.
Parents can help by enrolling their children in a 529 college savings account program that receives matching dollars and additional incentive money. See www.blackfordcountypromise.org for further information or call Elizabeth Witt at the Blackford County Community Foundation 765-348-3411.
Other community supporters may wish to donate funds for matches and incentives. Again, contact the Foundation for more information.
The Blackford County Community Foundation awarded eight grants to eight nonprofit organizations providing services to Blackford County residents in the near future. These grants totaled $40,358.
Six of the grants were awarded to organizations that are providing programs for the youth of the county. These include
- Community and Family Services ($3,284) for new curriculum that updates the literacy lessons and adds math and science activities;
- Carey Services ($3,636) for a new hearing screening device needed for enrolling Early Head Start Program preschoolers;
- Grace United Methodist Church ($12,800) for a larger, updated playground with equipment to handle at least 25 young people at once as part of its Helen Lieber Early Learning Academy;
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ($2,829) for partial funding of the program sending books to local children ages 0 – 5 each month;
- Arts Place Inc. ($3,500) for support to the 2019 Arts in the Parks program for local young people; and
- Science Central ($6,000) for providing hands-on science labs and demonstrations to local elementary and middle school students during the 2018-19 school year.
In addition, the Foundation also granted awards to
- Blackford County Senior Citizens Center ($3,309) for upgrading the kitchen to meet local health standards at the Senior Center; and
- Blackford United Way Inc. ($5,000) for supporting the 19 local nonprofits working with Blackford United Way this year.
The next round of grant applications will be due at the Foundation office on February 14, 2019. Applications will be available at the office or online.
The Blackford Greenway has a fund at the Foundation that accepts donations toward improvements and upkeep of the Trail that connects the north side of Hartford City with Blackford High School. Currently, the Foundation will match any donation to the fund dollar for dollar. The funds will provide for new benches, landscaping, and trailheads.
The Greenway originally opened in late November and was officially dedicated on May 12 in conjunction with the Get Moving 5K Run sponsored by the Hartford City Chamber of Commerce.
Donations may be sent to the Foundation at P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348 or contributed online.
The Blackford County Community Foundation has provided 75 scholarships to local graduating seniors. The awards amount total over $70,000. For a full list of the award winners, click here.
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.