Grant Awards

Each year the Foundation typically awards 15 to 30 community grants, ranging from $500 to $25,000.
This latest round of grants was awarded in August 2019 to two local entities for special projects.

The following awards were given in August 2019:
Blackford County Schools
To provide a drone curriculum to the 8th grade computer course at Blackford Junior High School

Community Development
City of Montpelier
Amount:  $1,112
Purpose:  To purchase park improvements made of recycled caps donated by Creek Run

March 2019 Grant Awards

Arts and Culture
Arts Place Inc.
     Amount: $25,000
     Purpose: To provide funding support for the 2019-2020 MusicWorks program at Blackford Arts Center.

Community Development
Blackford United Way, Inc.
     Amount: $5,000
     Purpose:  To support the local nonprofit agencies that are currently part of Blackford United Way, Inc.
Montpelier Civic Center 
      Amount:  $11,040
     Purpose:  To update the lighting to LED lights for significant cost savings
Tori’s Butterfly Garden Foundation, Inc.
     Amount:  $2,750
     Purpose:  To help in supporting the 2019 SummerFest Art Festival

Blackford County Schools
     Amount:  $5,000
     Purpose:  To help support the 2019 Camp Invention program for elementary students.
Blackford County Schools
     Amount: $740
     Purpose: To purchase curriculum and materials for choking prevention training for middle and high school students.
Blackford County Schools
     Amount:  $1,743
     Purpose:  To develop a guitar lab for Northside Elementary School students.
Blackford County Schools
     Amount:  $5,700
     Purpose:  To provide curriculum for kindergarten guided reading modules.
Blackford County Schools
     Amount:  $3,200
     Purpose:  To support BHS students’ attendance at a student council summer camp on leadership.
Community and Family Services
      Amount: $6,567
      Purpose:  To purchase additional Headstart curriculum kits the include literacy, math, and science activities.

Health and Human Services
Community and Family Services
     Amount:  $5,000
     Purpose: To purchase food to stock the shelves of the two Blackford County food pantries.
Helping Hands Pregnancy Resource Center
     Amount: $2,000
     Purpose: To support a Family Life Group program focusing on good parenting skills.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
     Amount:  $2,500
Purpose:  To support low income cancer patients with needed transportation and nutritional assistance.
Mental Health Association of Blackford County
     Amount:  $1,000
     Purpose:  To support attendance of a mentally/physically handicapped adult at a residential summer camp.

Youth Development
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Chapter of Blackford County
     Amount:  $5,000
     Purpose:  To help purchase books for the local children in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Hartford City Public Library
     Amount:  $12,200
     Purpose:  To provide funding for a landscape plan for the Nature Play Area.

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