Community Foundation announces $70,617 in local grants


The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. recently awarded $70,617 to the following organizations during its Fall grant cycle.

– Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $25,000 to help purchase equipment, such as hoses, nozzles, air supplies, tools, foam and training material. This is a $444,124.72 upgrade project that the Fire Department is undertaking. It has been 25 years since this department last updated its equipment.

– Kids Kingdom Corner has been awarded $3,100 to replace carpet, purchase a copier, update its curriculum materials and other items for interaction with the children. The staff, parents and children have been doing fundraisers to raise the matching dollars for this grant.

– Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Switzerland County Office received up to $600 to help residents of Switzerland County who wish to participate in the regional Leadership program coordinated by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D, Farm Bureau, Inc., Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Denver Siekman Environmental Park and the Dearborn, Jefferson, Ripley and Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

This program brings local residents a great leadership training opportunity. The key to this program is to provide the tools to prepare individuals with the qualities needed to become involved in their communities on organizations and boards.

– Southeastern Indiana Independent Living Center was awarded $517.10 to do a poster contest with third, fourth and fifth graders in Switzerland County to raise children’s awareness that children with disabilities are ‘JUST KIDS TOO’. The students will be asked to write a catchphrase themselves or use the Governor’s Planning Council theme about people with disabilities and then design a poster to illustrate the catchphrase.

– Switzerland County Animal Shelter was awarded $20,000 to purchase start up equipment for the new animal shelter. Building the building is only half of getting a shelter up and running. Cages, food bowls, tables, bedding, etc. are needed.

– Switzerland County Historical Society received $3,400 to help continue to stabilize the Thiebaud Farmstead with new guttering and downspouts.

– Swiss Friends of Animals was awarded $13,000 to continue providing the spay/neuter vouchers to small animals, help cover foster home and adoption costs, and continue its education programs.

– Switzerland County Salvation Army received $5,000 to provide emergency assistance to Switzerland County residents.


These grants are made from some of the income generated from the following endowment funds: Community Foundation Board and Alumni Community Fund; William and Kathy Day Community Fund; Vevay Switzerland County Foundation Community Fund; and the Switzerland County Community Fund.

Community Funds are gifts made to the Foundation to react to current needs. The Switzerland County Council also provides pass through funds from riverboat revenue to help support area charitable needs.

The Community Foundation of Switzerland County makes grants to charitable causes that support the Switzerland County community. The Community Foundation is revising how you will apply for grants. Please watch our website at in late October for the new application process.

The Community Foundation of Switzerland County is a public charity whose mission is ‘Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter For Good For Ever for Switzerland County’.

For more information on how to support the causes that matter to you for good forever, please contact Pam Acton or Melissa Andrew at 427-9160.

Don’t forget, the Community Foundation of Switzerland County’s offices will be located at 303 Ferry Street starting October 1st.