Community Foundation awards $56,679 in grants for local entities

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The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc.’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it recently approved 11 grant requests from the three grants programs it offered in 2017: the Fall Fixed Grant Cycle, Immediate Response Grants program and Leadership Training Grants program.

Grants awarded included:

– Switzerland Baptist Church was awarded $490 to send its pastor to a Gottman Institute training to receive certification in marriage counseling. With this training, local residents will be able to turn to someone local for assistance.

– Switzerland County Elementary School was awarded $2,000 for its Robotics team to add equipment, expand the program and host a competition here in Switzerland County.

– Switzerland County FFA received $1,680 to cover 14 registrations to the FFA National Conference.

– Switzerland County High School received $1,295 to subscribe to GMetrix, which is the leading practice and preparation software for Microsoft certification testing. The Foundation is pleased to continue supporting a program that it helped bring to our school system through a Lilly Endowment grant (CAPE) over 15 years ago.

– Switzerland County Historical Society was awarded $7,500 for a required match for an Indiana Historical Society grant that it has been invited to apply for. If awarded this state level grant, the historical society will do a conversion of the garage on the museum property to a conservation room.

– Switzerland County School Corporation received $5,587 to support the Lynx Wrestling Club’s purchase of safety wall padding for the practice room. This room is used by 50-60 kids from all grade levels.

– Switzerland County School Corporation received $10,723 to help cover the cost of materials for the socialization component in the new Pre-school program that the school was not able to cover with the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.

– Switzerland County School Corporation Library received $384 to purchase updated professional reading material for the shelves at the high school library. These materials will provide the faculty with opportunities to add to their professional expertise in education.

– Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $12,660 to purchase body armor/vests for each deputy sheriff. This equipment is vital to the safety of our officers and has a life span of five years. This grant will allow the sheriff’s department to build into its budget a small amount each year to build up money to replace these vests in the future.

– Switzerland County YMCA was awarded up to $7,000 to repair its 19 year old roof. This repair will allow the staff and board some time to work on their long-range plan for a new roof.

– Youth Pacers Athletic Corporation was awarded $7,360 to help cover costs associated with Little League Football as it restructures and builds these expenses into fees and fundraising.

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These 11 grants are made possible by the income generated from the following endowed Community Funds: Community Foundation Board & Alumni Community Fund, William & Kathy Day Community Fund, Duke Energy Community Fund, Switzerland County Quality of Life Community Fund, Vevay Deposit Bank Community Fund, and the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation Community Fund.

Anyone having questions regarding grant opportunities the Community Foundation offers is encouraged to contact Pam Acton at the Foundation’s office. The office is located at 303 Ferry Street in Vevay and Pam can be reached at (812) 427-9160; or pacton@cfsci.org.