New Grants Total $72,300

The spring cycle of grants from the Blackford County Community Foundation totaled over $72,000. The grants will support 8 local nonprofits and community projects. Several of the grants support initiatives providing extra learning opportunities for the youth of Blackford County.

  • $5,000 to Blackford County Schools to help reduce the student fees for K-6th grade students wishing to attend Camp Invention in June 2021. The grant comes from the Betty L. and Robert W. Renner Community Fund and the Paul L. Roderick Memorial Fund.
  • $5,000 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide free books to Blackford County children ages 0 – 5 years. Funding from the CAPE Fund.
  • $19,250 to Arts Place, Inc. to support the MusicWorks program at the Blackford Arts Center. Grant from the Opal Greenlee Memorial Fund.

Improving local parks has been a focus of Blackford County and the Foundation in order to increase recreational opportunities. Three grants support local parks.

  • $15,000 to the Hartford City Parks Department for a new disc golf course. Funds largely come from a GIFT VII grant to BCCF in 2020.
  • $10,000 to the Hartford City Parks Department for improvements to the skate park located in Hartford City on South Monroe Street.
  • $5,250 to the Hartford City Public Library for the outdoor classroom construction at the Nature Play Area park east of the library. The funding is from the CAPE Fund.

Two additional grants were awarded.

  • $6,000 to the Blackford County Civil War Reenactment Club for the 2021 Civil War Days in October. Funds for the grant are from the Joanne and Nolan Willman Unrestricted Fund.
  • $7,800 to the Montpelier Civic Center for additional exercise equipment. The award is made from the Dorothy Gadbury Fund.

The next round of grants will be awarded in September. The process begins by July 1. Details concerning the application process are available here.