Annually the Greene County Foundation provides over $250,000 in grants to area students and not for profit organizations.
Donations to the unrestricted funds have provided support for the following:
2016 Grant Awards:
Greene County Soccer Association – $8,500 for replacement and upgrades to their storage and concession building.
Linton Swimming Pool – $5,000 for a water feature in the toddler pool. This grant will help make the toddler pool more attractive to families with young children.
Open Arms Christian Ministries – $10,000 as a match to begin building an endowment fund for their long-term future.
PACE Community Action Agency – $2,500 for their SuperMENtor program that gives young children a head start on learning by providing books and male role models during their preschool program.
Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce – $12,500 for startup of the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program, which will build small businesses and professional business skills in interested high school students throughout Greene County.
DirectEmployers Institute – $15,200 for continuation and expansion of a program that has local students partnering with Crane employees to complete actual Crane-based engineering projects.
Eastern Greene Youth Leadership Academy – $750 to support the student group’s project of establishing a Resource Room at Eastern Greene Middle School for the benefit of disadvantaged students.
Shawnee Theatre – $10,000 to sponsor the Theatre’s 2016 summer season.
Greene ’16 Bicentennial Committee – $20,000 to support the Bringing Elementary Students Together (BEST) Bicentennial Mural Project, on display at the Greene County Community Event Center.
Greene County General Hospital – $1,500 to subsidize the cost of the hospital’s new 3D Mammogram program, expanding its availability to Greene County women.
Grant Awards From Previous Years:
HEALTH, WELLNESS, SAFETY, AND FITNESS
American Red Cross – support for their Emergency Assistance Program
Linton Swimming Pool – funding support for a Lift Chair to keep the pool ADA compliant and open to the public, allowing access to the pool for all; funding for the installation of new liners, lights, and other necessary features
Long Fish Dash – funding three different years in support of the continually growing Shakamak area 5K run
Stingray Swim Club – support for new starting blocks and lane lines to replace the current 20-year-old ones
Crock Pot Cooking – support for the Jasonville Food pantry to provide crock pots, cook books and classes on how to prepare more nutritious meals with commodities available from the food pantry
Linton Youth League – support for the excavation and building of baseball fields in Linton
Greene County Drug Task Force– improvements for the development and safety of the FOP gun range to help local law enforcement practice and provide gun safety classes to hunters and youth
Son Ministries Food Pantry – providing a freezer to help the food pantry receive and save larger quantities of commodities that can be distributed over a longer period of time; this food pantry is a collaboration of 7 churches in the Linton area
Worthington Park – funding for the replacement, purchase and installation of a new slide in the playground area of the park
Eastern FFA club – support for a greenhouse to help the club grow and sell local produce and flowers in support of club activities and science projects
Open Arms Christian Homes – support for new roofs on the residential homes for children in foster care as a haven from abuse or neglect
Greene Academy – support for the building of ramps for Habitat houses, using students from the academy; a service learning project
ARTS and EDUCATION
Alternative School (Open Arms) – support for building renovations and new equipment
Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center – help with funding to building a handicapped accessible ramp and push-button door to allow elderly and disabled access to art classes in the building; ADA compliant
Linton Music Festival – support for the August music Festival that brings large crowds to the Linton Area.
Sculpture Trails – three yearly grants to support workshops and events at the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry
Shawnee Theatre – grants in four different years to support the operations and children’s programming at the theater
Bloomfield Library – support for a community-created mural housed on the front lawn of the library
Worthington City Park – funding for summer concerts in the park
Greene County Literacy Coalition – two grants for funding of updated GED materials and equipment to help those who are unable to read; funding for 16 free little libraries, one for each township of the county
Friends of Goose Pond – support for the Marsh Madness Festival
PACE/Head Start – purchase of children’s books for Head Start programs in Eastern and Linton; male volunteers will read to the children and children will receive their own copy of the book
Greene County 4-H – funding for the construction of a new building
Jasonville Public Library – building of a new home for the library
Jasonville Parks Department – funding for a splash pad in the Jasonville Park
Town of Lyons – support for the construction of the Lyons Community Center
Worthington Public Library – funding for the renovation and expansion of the library
Greene County Soil and Water – building of an observation deck at the Tulip Trestle to encourage tourism
Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce – support for a study from Ball State to “reimagine and redesign the Bloomfield downtown area”
Worthington Garden Club – support for turning a vacant lot into a downtown park
Worthington Senior Center – support for upgrades to the center, new doors
Lyons Senior Center – support for upgrades to the center, new cabinets
Greene County Learning Center – funding for the expansion of operations and purchase of new equipment
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry – two grants to help with processing of donated deer meat from hunters that is then given to local food pantries
Middle Way House – funding over three years to help support activities of the organization that serves and provides safety and counseling to individuals and children facing situations of domestic violence.
Salvation Army – support for their operations that help provide clothing and housing for victims of fire, foreclosure, and loss of homes
Family Life Center – support for repairs on their Backpack Bus to deliver school supplies around the county
Ride Solutions – support for the purchase of a new van that provides transportation for elderly, disabled, and low-income individuals in need of transport to doctors, groceries, etc.
211 Emergency call in – support for continuation of the 211 county-wide call system for referrals to resources for those in need
Civitan Clothe-a-Child – support for the annual Christmas Toy give-away for low-income children
Jasonville Fire Department – funding for new storm sirens
Saving the Monarchs – support for two 11-year-old students to start a club at their school and plant butterfly gardens to help save the diminishing population of Monarch butterflies
Community Support Grant Cycle Now Open
The 2017 Community Support grant cycle is now open to applicants! The Community Support Grant Cycle is a competitive grant process that allows local not-for-profits and other organizations to apply for financial assistance from the Foundation. This allows the Foundation to address our community’s most pressing needs in a flexible manner, while providing the most meaningful and long-lasting positive impact possible with our grant dollars. Previous Community Support grant awards include:
- Bloomfield High School Learning Labs (DirectEmployers Institute)
- PACE SuperMENtors Program
- Jasonville City Park Splash Pad
- CEO Program
- Greene County Soccer Association – concessions & storage building
- Open Arms Christian Ministries – endowment building
- Eastern Greene Youth Leadership Academy
- Greene County Community Event Center
- Linton Swimming Pool – toddler pool upgrade and ADA-compliant lift chair
- Sculpture Trails – workshops and events
- Tulip Trestle Observation Deck (Greene County Soil & Water)
- Middle Way House
- And many more!
The deadline for grant applications is Friday, July 14th at 4:30pm. Applying organizations who have not applied for grant funding in previous years will be required to attend a pre-application consultation appointment with the Foundation staff; these will be held by appointment only, and can be scheduled by contacting the Foundation offices. Required application forms and other materials can be found at our Grant Applicants page HERE.
Girls’ Night Out: Painting With Pizzazz!
Mark your calendars for a fun event of of ladies’ fellowship and giving! On Friday, May 5 at 6pm, we will be hosting a evening of Painting With Pizzazz – come join us in creating beautiful artwork under the guidance of a local artist, while enjoying a delicious pizza dinner. The event will be open to the public – we encourage local women to participate and learn more about supporting their favorite charitable causes. Admission is $35; the proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s Women Of Worth fund.
Women Of Worth is a giving circle formed by local women pooling their resources in support of philanthropic causes all around Greene County. For news coverage of the causes that Women Of Worth has supported in the past, view a Greene County Daily World article here.
Be on the lookout for further information!