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.