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 givehcgrowhc.org 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)
Brown’s Wesleyan Chapel
Community shelter project
Cumberland Metropolitan Police Department
Herd Security Camera
Fortville Action, Inc.
Trailer for storage
Fortville Christian Church
Civilian Design Fee for New Food Distribution Center for Fortville Area Resource Mission
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library
Read loudly! Game-based story time
Frenzy Animal Rescue, Inc.
Medical and training funds
Friends of Hancock County CASA Inc.
Technology and books for a professional library
Friends of Salvage, Inc.
Next Steps Transition Program
Friends of the Theater – Hancock County, Inc.
Ricks curtain project
Social program for young adults and adolescents
Greenfield Hancock Animal Management
Sterilization / pre-adoption sterilization
Hancock 4 children
Technology and professional development
Hancock County Children’s Choir
Life Skills and Performing Arts Mentorship Program
Hancock County Humanitarian Society
HCHS Animal Health and Welfare Fund
Hancock County Seniors Services
Staying connected with our customers – tips for working with customer data and getting feedback
Hancock County COAD
Disaster preparedness program
Hancock County Veterans Park
Prisoner of War / Missing Carrier Awareness Banners
Indiana Foundation for Women in Need
Hancock County Survivor Support Program
Program growth in Hancock County
Grand Hancock County Love INC
Love INC’s Transformational Ministry Program Expansion
Hancock County Meal on Wheels
Hancock County Mental Health Partners
Behavior assistance program
Mount. Church of Comfort
Mount. Comfort Church Gym Floor Replacement Project
Nameless Creek Camp
Lodge at Nameless Creek parking lot
New Main Street of Palestine
Nichols Building interior updates for energy savings, update and functionality
New United Methodist Church of Palestine
Celebrations Ministry of Child Welfare & Preschool – Outdoor Recreation Equipment: Noah’s Ark Playset
Partners for the Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Feline binding PAWS
Greenfield Regreening, Inc.
TreeKeeper urban forest management software and support
Servants at Work, Inc.
Ramps in Hancock County
Visionaries of the Shirley community
Improved facade of the Shirley building
Shirley Police Department
Pro-Vision body camera
Hancock County Special Olympics
The landing place
Kitchen modernization / remodeling project
City of McCordsville
Old School Park project: public lighting
Community vineyard church at Mt. Comfort, Inc.
Repairs and updates to the Vineyard Community Church at Mt. Convenience convenience building
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
Hancock County before and after school, financial support for families in need
Zoey’s Place Children’s Advocacy Center
Zoey’s Place programming