OCCF awards grants to local non-profits

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The Ohio County Community Foundation awarded 16 Community Grants during the first grant cycle of 2016. The grants were awarded to local non-profit organizations whose projects and programs benefit Ohio County. Grants are awarded in the areas of Community Development, Education, Scholarships, Health, Human Services and Cultural Affairs. Each applicant may request up to $5,000.

The grants for Grant Cycle I were funded from the distributions of endowment funds established within the Ohio County Community Foundation. The funds were established by donors wishing to provide lasting, charitable grants that benefit the residents of Ohio County. A total of $61,549.88 in Community Grants was awarded during Grant Cycle I.

The following non-profit organizations were awarded a Community Grant:

Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D for the Conductors of Southeastern Indiana Model Train Club was awarded $5,000 to purchase train sets and display accessories to expand the Christmas Train Show held annually in Rising Sun. The grant was funded Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Lynn & Debbie Graves Endowment Fund.

Rising Sun Ohio County Community School Corporation was awarded $4,839.20 to present an Anti-Bullying program for grades 3rd -12th and to purchase Guide to Emergency Preparedness directories for each classroom. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Lynn & Debbie Graves Endowment Fund.

Voices of Indiana, Limited was awarded $1,250 for scholarships for Ohio County youth wishing to participate in the Young Voices Program. The grant was funded from distributions from the Lynn & Debbie Graves Endowment Fund.

City of Rising Sun was awarded $5,000 to host the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (ILMCT) District Meeting and Education Day. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Gene Siekman Memorial Endowment Fund.

Ohio County for the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $5,000 toward the purchase of seven Ballistic Vests (body armor) for officers. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Dillon ‘Dill’ Dorrell Jr. Endowment Fund.

Ohio County Convention Tourism &Visitors Commission was awarded $5,000 toward the implementation of the 2016 Rising Sun Regatta. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Ohio County Public Library was awarded $4,991.89 to upgrade the library Wi-Fi system, purchase 5 Launch Pads, frame a Civil War Flag and purchase a receipt printer kit. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Ohio County Historical Society & Museum was awarded $4,338.79 to purchase outside signage and audio and visual equipment for the museum. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

People Helping People, Inc. was awarded $5,000 to donate canned food to local food pantries, including the Rising Sun Church of Christ Christian Outreach Food Pantry, to distribute to needy families. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Laughery Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 146 was awarded $5,000 toward the 2016 FOP Cops and Kids shopping program where Ohio County kids meeting the criteria can ” shop with cops” for Christmas. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Denver Siekman Environmental Park was awarded $5,000 toward the 2016 Ceil’s Learning Tree program which provides back to school supplies and services to students attending Rising Sun Ohio County Schools who meet the program criteria. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

River Valley Resources, Inc. was awarded $2,500 toward the Adult Education Classes for Ohio County residents held at the Education Center of Rising Sun. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc. was awarded $2,130 for supplies and materials for the 2016-2017 Ohio County Good News Club program for Ohio County kids. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Rising Sun Church of Christ Christian Outreach Food Pantry was awarded $3,000 toward the purchase of basic food and toiletries to distribute to the needy in Ohio County. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Lynn and Debbie Graves Endowment Fund.

Shiner Pride Band Boosters, Inc. was awarded $3,500 to purchase marching tubas and percussion equipment for the Rising Sun High School band. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Eunice Kittle Performing Arts Endowment Fund.

The mission of the Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is to build, manage and distribute a lasting source of charitable funds for Ohio County. OCCF fulfills this mission by assisting donors to establish endowments that provide charitable funds for Ohio County. Only the interests from the funds are distributed in the form of grants. This allows the funds to grow indefinitely to increase the capacity for the funds to further impact the community through future grant distributions.

Anyone can make a contribution to any endowment fund established within the Foundation by submitting their donation to the: Ohio County Community Foundation, 330 Industrial Access Drive, PO Box 170, Rising Sun, IN 47040. Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one. Donations to OCCF-administered funds are tax deductible in most cases. To receive information concerning Endowment Funds or the Grants Program administered by the Ohio County Community Foundation, please call Stephanie Scott, Program Coordinator 812-438-9401 or visit the Foundation website at occfrisingsun.com.