Grant Awards

Each year the Foundation typically awards 30 to 40 community grants, ranging from $500 to $25,000.
This latest round of grants was awarded in March 2018. Twelve different nonprofits just received $126,854.

The following awards were given in March 2018: 

Arts and Culture
Arts Place Inc.
     Amount:  $25,000   (partially funded through the Opal Greenlee Memorial Fund)
     Purpose:  To provide support for individual and group music lessons at the Blackford County Arts Center.
Arts Place Inc.
Amount: $1,000
     Purpose:  To fund a community mural project as part of the Arts in the Park program in the summer of 2018.

Community Development
Blackford County Historical Society
      Amount: $3,000
     Purpose:  To adapt current garage space to comply with professional collection storage standards.
Blackford Greenway
      Amount:  $10,000   (partially funded by the Dorothy Gadbury Fund)
     Purpose:  To provide enhancements to the Greenway.
Blackford United Way, Inc.
     Amount: $5,000
     Purpose:  To support the 15 local agencies currently part of Blackford United Way.
Hartford City Parks and Recreation Department
     Amount:  $15,000   (partially funded through the Betty L. and Robert W. Renner Community Fund and the Paul L. Roderick Memorial Fund)
     Purpose:  To support improvements to the Wilderness Park project.
Hartford City Public Library
     Amount:  $20,604    (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
     Purpose:  To complete the Phase I construction of the Nature Play Area.
Hartford City Public Library
     Amount:  $20,250   (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
     Purpose:  To construct a splash pad for the Nature Play Area east of the Library.
Hartford City Public Library
     Amount:  $10,000    (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
     Purpose:  To match funds raised by the Library for and entryway and the activity areas in the Nature Play Area.
Tori’s Butterfly Garden Foundation, Inc.
     Amount:  $2,500
     Purpose:  To provide partial funding for the 2018 SummerFest Arts Festival in downtown Hartford City.

Health and Human Services
Blackford County Senior Citizens Center
     Amount:  $1,000
     Purpose:  To purchase security cameras and perishable food items for meals.
Community and Family Services
     Amount: $5,000   (partially funded by the Cimino Family Fund and the Vincent F. and Anna C. Cimino Community Fund)
     Purpose: To help re-supply shelves at the two Blackford County Food Pantries.
Mental Health Association of Blackford County  
     Amount: $1,000  (from the Dorothy Gadbury Fund)
     Purpose: To provide fees for an adult to attend a residential summer camp.

Youth Development
Blackford County Schools
     Amount:  $5,000   (partially funded through the Paul L. Roderick Memorial Fund)
     Purpose:  To provide partial funding of the 2018 Camp Invention STEM experience for elementary students.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Chapter of Blackford County
     Amount:  $2,500  (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
     Purpose:  To help purchase books for the local children in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.

Many past grants fall into the five general interest areas. You may wish to explore the grants awarded over in past years.