Community foundation awards more than $ 160,000 in grants


HANCOCK COUNTY – Christmas arrived early for 38 local nonprofits this summer, as the Hancock County Community Foundation handed out more than $ 160,000 in grants as part of its 2021 annual grant campaign.

Recipients stopped by the foundation’s office in Greenfield to receive their checks, the last of which was paid this week.

They received group grants of $ 163,810, which were announced last month.

Nameless Creek Youth Camp plans to use the $ 5,000 it received to pave part of its parking lot to make The Lodge at Nameless Creek more accessible.

Camp president Jerry Bell said he didn’t know what local nonprofits like his would do without the hard work of community foundation board members and staff to manage and distribute the funds.

“They are angels in the flesh,” said Bell.

Joanna Crump, director of finance for the Hancock County Children’s Choir, agrees.

“Community foundation is essential to the community in many ways. They serve nonprofits very well, and grants are a big part of that, ”she said.

The choir this year received a grant of $ 4,000 from the foundation to support its operating budget, which covers the director’s salary and hall costs.

“We sincerely appreciate their vote of confidence in our programming,” said Crump.

“They have their finger on the pulse of the community and what is needed. They have limited funds available and are forced to make difficult decisions, so it is a real compliment to receive funds from them, ”she said.

The financial boost is especially needed as the community recovers from the COVID crisis, which has hit all nonprofits hard.

“The funds are essential so that we can continue our programming during these difficult times,” said Crump, who recently helped the choir celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Nonprofits like the choir would not exist without the generosity of the community foundation and the people who support it, she said.

Oversight of the annual grant cycle has been a welcome return to normal for Foundation President Mary Gibble, who was forced to change gears and create a community relief fund to help nonprofits in crisis. due to the pandemic last year.

Gibble said the work done on this year’s annual grant cycle was a great feeling of returning to business as usual, helping nonprofits get back to their routine work across the county.

While last year’s funds were distributed without restriction, this year’s annual grant cycle awarded funds to nonprofits in three different areas: operations, programming, and capital projects.

Gibble said it was an honor for her and her fellow foundation staff and board members to serve the nonprofits that serve the community so well.

“We are just grateful to the donors and the community who allow us to make these grants. Without the generosity of the people who work through the community foundation, we would not be able to have the significant impact that we can have through the provision of grants, ”she said.

“These are our donors. It is truly an honor and a privilege to manage these dollars on their behalf.


A list of grant recipients can be found on page A5,

In one look

The Hancock County Community Foundation recently awarded more than $ 160.00 to 38 nonprofits serving Hancock County, during its 2021 annual grant cycle.

Applications for next year’s grant round will be open to all 501c3 organizations, including churches, in the first quarter of next year.

For more information on how to apply or donate funds to distribute through the foundation, visit or call 317-462-8870.

By the numbers

Here is a list of nonprofits and projects receiving grants from the 2021 annual cycle of grants from the Hancock County Community Foundation:

Agape Therapeutic Riding Services, Inc.

Stirrup success & Recovery (partnership with The Landing and Talitha Koum)

$ 7,409

Brown’s Wesleyan Chapel

Community shelter project

$ 3,500

Cumberland Metropolitan Police Department

Herd Security Camera

$ 2,500

Fortville Action, Inc.

Trailer for storage

$ 5,000

Fortville Christian Church

Civilian Design Fee for New Food Distribution Center for Fortville Area Resource Mission

$ 5,000

Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Read loudly! Game-based story time

$ 4000

Frenzy Animal Rescue, Inc.

Medical and training funds

$ 7,850

Friends of Hancock County CASA Inc.

Technology and books for a professional library

$ 2,490

Friends of Salvage, Inc.

Next Steps Transition Program

$ 5,000

Friends of the Theater – Hancock County, Inc.

Ricks curtain project

$ 3,000


Social program for young adults and adolescents

$ 5,143

Greenfield Hancock Animal Management

Sterilization / pre-adoption sterilization

$ 7,850

Hancock 4 children

Technology and professional development

$ 3,000

Hancock County Children’s Choir

Life Skills and Performing Arts Mentorship Program

$ 4000

Hancock County Humanitarian Society

HCHS Animal Health and Welfare Fund

$ 7,850

Hancock County Seniors Services

Staying connected with our customers – tips for working with customer data and getting feedback

$ 4000

Hancock County COAD

Disaster preparedness program

$ 3,000

Hancock County Veterans Park

Prisoner of War / Missing Carrier Awareness Banners

$ 1,181

Indiana Foundation for Women in Need

Hancock County Survivor Support Program

$ 3,200


Program growth in Hancock County

$ 4000

Grand Hancock County Love INC

Love INC’s Transformational Ministry Program Expansion

$ 5,000

Hancock County Meal on Wheels

Meal delivery

$ 5,000

Hancock County Mental Health Partners

Behavior assistance program

$ 3,000

Mount. Church of Comfort

Mount. Comfort Church Gym Floor Replacement Project

$ 5,000

Nameless Creek Camp

Lodge at Nameless Creek parking lot

$ 5,000

New Main Street of Palestine

Nichols Building interior updates for energy savings, update and functionality

$ 3,100

New United Methodist Church of Palestine

Celebrations Ministry of Child Welfare & Preschool – Outdoor Recreation Equipment: Noah’s Ark Playset

$ 5,000

Partners for the Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Feline binding PAWS

$ 7,850

Greenfield Regreening, Inc.

TreeKeeper urban forest management software and support

$ 3,500

Servants at Work, Inc.

Ramps in Hancock County

$ 6,000

Visionaries of the Shirley community

Improved facade of the Shirley building

$ 3,000

Shirley Police Department

Pro-Vision body camera

$ 2,196

Hancock County Special Olympics


$ 2,000

The landing place

Kitchen modernization / remodeling project

$ 5,000

City of McCordsville

Old School Park project: public lighting

$ 3,191

Community vineyard church at Mt. Comfort, Inc.

Repairs and updates to the Vineyard Community Church at Mt. Convenience convenience building

$ 2,000

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Hancock County before and after school, financial support for families in need

$ 4000

Zoey’s Place Children’s Advocacy Center

Zoey’s Place programming

$ 5,000


$ 163,810


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