Education Grants

2017

Blackford County Civil War Reenactment Club, Inc.
Amount:  $5,000
Purpose:  To help provide funding for presenters and demonstrators at the 2017 Civil War Days in May.

Blackford County Schools
Amount:  $7,500
Purpose:  To provide a kit that would allow the students in a classroom to take a field trip via a virtual reality app.

Blackford County Schools
Amount:  $5,000
Purpose:  To support scholarships for elementary students to attend the 2017 summer Camp Invention during which students explore science, technology, engineering, and math projects that encourage creative thinking and problem solving.

Blackford County Schools
Amount:  $1,5oo
Purpose:  To provide partial funding for supplies that provide a hands-on project in the Blackford High School greenhouse as agriculture students learn  at Blackford High School and start a hands-on learning program for agriculture students there.

Blackford County Schools
Amount:  $1,000 (from the Dorothy Gadbury Fund)
Purpose:  To partially support plans to have a nationally known motivational speaker on the ongoing problems of alcohol and drug addiction,including problems for local communities.

Hartford City Public Library
Amount:  $56,397 (funded by the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Purpose:  To build outdoor nature play learning stations for pre-school and elementary age children that will be used to foster literacy.

Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library
Amount:  $2,024 (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Purpose: To provide summer literacy activities and experiences for local elementary children. 

2016

Science Central (partially funded by the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $7,000
Purpose:  To provide special science lessons to Blackford County elementary and junior high students.

Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc.  (partially funded by the C.A.P.E. Fund and the William E. Ervin Memorial Fund)
Amount:  $1,058
Purpose:  To provide tutoring to disadvantaged Blackford County students.

Blackford County Schools (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $30,000
Purpose: To provide funds to purchase 75 iPad minis for use with K-3 students.

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $6,733.45
Purpose: To provide a mentoring program for new teachers.

Montpelier Public Library
Amount: $3,765
Purpose: To provide a summer reading area for elementary students along with computer stations & books.

2015

Blackford County Schools (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $25,000
Purpose: To provide funds to establish an Early Kindergarten Program for children too young to meet the 2015-16 kindergarten enrollment date.

Science Central (partially funded by the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $7,500
Purpose: To provide activities that integrate science into the elementary and junior high programs.

Blackford County Schools (funded by the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $500
Purpose: To provide additional support for the credit recovery program at Blackford High School.

2014

Hartford City and Montpelier Head Start Programs (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $9,500
Purpose: To purchase updated literacy curriculum materials for all four Head Start classrooms in Blackford County.

Science Central  (partially funded by the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $5,000
Purpose: To provide the Science 4U Outreach program for Montpelier, Southside, and Northside Elementary schools during the 2014-15 school year.

Treehouse Preschool of the First United Methodist Church of Montpelier (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $4,549
Purpose: To purchase tables, chairs, and miscellaneous items to improve the work area for the preschool students.

Blackford County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service(from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $2,568
Purpose: To encourage literacy development through meeting monthly with Head Start classes.

Blackford County Schools  (funded by the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $500
Purpose: To provide Kindles for special needs students at Blackford Junior High School.

Blackford County Schools  (from the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $500
Purpose: To provide strategic college campus visits, tutoring, and other supports for the Early College High School program at Blackford High School.

Blackford County Schools  (from the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $500
Purpose: To fund activities for the Credit Recovery Program at Blackford High School.

Hartford City Head Start Program  (from the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $500
Purpose: To provide books and audio learning tapes for the Head Start library center.

2013

Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc./Eastern Indiana WorkOne (from the Dorothy Gadbury Fund)
Amount: $10,000
Purpose: To train 30 unemployed or underemployed Blackford County residents in the skills needed for entry level health occupations.

Blackford County Schools (from a gift of Lilly Endowment Inc.)
Amount: $6,000
Purpose: To provide a FAFSA Day, scholarship screening, and a College Entrance Essay Writing Workshop for Blackford High School students during the 2013-14 school year.

Science Central (partially funded by the Paul L. Roderick Memorial Fund)
Amount: $4,075
Purpose: To provide after school science enrichment, science labs, demonstrations, and exploration stations as part of the Science 4U Outreach Program at Montpelier, Northside, and Southside Elementary Schools in the spring of 2014.

Purdue University Blackford County Extension (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $3,112
Purpose: To provide literacy development through meeting monthly with three county Head Start preschool classes.

2012

Blackford County Schools (from the C.A.P.E. Fund)
Amount: $9,000
Purpose: To extend the Comprehensive Literacy Model to all elementary schools in the district in order to improve students’ reading skills.

Blackford County Schools (from the Paul L. Roderick Memorial Fund)
Amount: $4,918
Purpose: To offer a hands-on approach to science education through labs, demonstrations, family festival nights, and after-school programs.

Blackford County Schools (from the Opal Greenlee Memorial Fund)
Amount: $3,500
Purpose: To present student workshops that use music to teach creative writing and language arts skills with the goal of increasing student interest in reading and writing.

Blackford County Schools (from the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $2,500
Purpose: To provide travel and training costs for two teachers to attend a summer workshop at the University of Arkansas to learn additional reading and writing intervention techniques.

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $2,190
Purpose: To implement a six-week high school summer program that allows students to focus on entrepreneurial projects, follow global events, write personal blogs, and make research presentations.

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $2,000
Purpose: To allow twenty students from Blackford High School to learn about entrepreneurial opportunities, work in small groups to develop community projects, and compete for seed money to implement selected group projects.

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $1,000
Purpose: To train parents of potential college students to use the Center for College Costs website for support in making college applications and financial aid applications.

Blackford County Schools (from the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $680
Purpose: To assist with funding a workshop for girls in grades five and six to learn about careers in math and science.

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $500
Purpose: To afford Southside kindergarten classes the opportunity for a spring field trip.

Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc.
Amount: $175
Purpose: To support local high school students attending the JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Regional Career Development Conference Competition at Ball State University.

2011

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $10,700
Purpose: To allow twelve teachers to attend training in the Comprehensive Literacy Model in October and March.

Blackford County WorkOne
Amount: $9,500
Purpose: To provide scholarships to eligible Blackford County residents to train for CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $2,200
Purpose: To purchase e-readers for Bruin E-Reader Club.

Treehouse Preschool of First United Methodist Church in Montpelier
Amount: $1,302
Purpose: To support the preschool’s pre-reading program.

Blackford County Schools  (from the Women of Worth Fund)
Amount: $750
Purpose: To support a Character Counts program through the Montpelier School Guidance Department that teaches valuable character traits.

Blackford County Schools
Amount: $723
Purpose: To send seventeen high achieving students from Blackford Junior High School to three separate sessions at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities on the Ball State University campus.