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 2017. Eleven different nonprofits just received $53,321.

The following awards were given in August 2017: 

Arts and Culture
Arts Place Inc.
     Amount:  $2,500
     Purpose:  To provide support for the Arts in the Parks program in the summer of 2018.

Community Development
Blackford United Way Inc.
     Amount:  $2,500
     Purpose:  To support eighteen community nonprofit organizations.
Hartford City Parks Department
Amount:  $13,863
Purpose:  To support improvements to the pedestrian component of the Wilderness Park project.
Jamboree, Inc.
Amount:  $1,000
Purpose:  To help provide entertainment at the 2017 Montpelier Jamboree.
Montpelier Civic Center
Amount:  $11,954
Purpose:  To update and improve the HVAC system at the Civic Center.
Montpelier Kiwanis Club
Amount:  $740
Purpose:  To provide funds for Montpelier’s summer movie program.

Education
Science Central
      Amount:  $5,000
      Purpose:  To support special science education programs presented at Blackford County Schools.

Health and Human Services
Community and Family Services
     Amount: $5,485
     Purpose: To help re-supply shelves at the two Blackford County Food Pantries.
Kate’s Kart (from the Dorothy Gadbury Fund)  
     Amount: $1,000
     Purpose: To purchase children’s books for distribution to young patients at IU Health Blackford Hospital.

Youth Development
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Chapter of Blackford County (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount:  $2,500
Purpose:  To help purchase books for the local children participating in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library  (partially funded from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
     Amount:  $7,519
     Purpose: To provide after-school literacy activities for local elementary children.

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