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 August 2018. Eight local nonprofits just received $40,358.

The following awards were given in August 2018: 

Arts and Culture
Arts Place Inc.
     Amount:  $3,500
     Purpose:  To provide funding support for the Arts in the Parks program in the summer of 2019.

Community Development
Blackford United Way, Inc.
     Amount: $5,000
     Purpose:  To support the 19 local agencies currently part of Blackford United Way

Community and Family Services
      Amount:  $3,284
      Purpose:  To purchase a new Headstart curriculum the includes literacy, math, and science activities.
Science Central
       Amount:  $6,000
      Purpose:  To provide hands-on science labs and demonstrations for elementary and middle school students.

Health and Human Services
Blackford County Senior Citizens Center
     Amount:  $3,309
     Purpose:  To upgrade food preparation area to meet health standards and purchase food items for meals.
Carey Services
     Amount: $3,636
     Purpose: To purchase a new hearing screening device for testing young children enrolling in Early Head Start

Youth Development
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Chapter of Blackford County
     Amount:  $2,829
     Purpose:  To help purchase books for the local children in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Grace United Methodist Church
     Amount:  $12,800
     Purpose:  To purchase updated playground equipment to accommodate the additional number of children enrolled in the Helen Lieber Early Learning Academy.

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