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
Foundation Grants In The News
Thank you to the Greene County Daily World for coverage of our Community Support Grants awarded in recent weeks! White River Valley Schools was the focus of one recent article, highlighting their Advanced Manufacturing program and the $20,000 grant toward the program provided by the Foundation. Read it here: http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2453979.html
Pace Community Action Agency was featured alongside WRV Schools in another recent Daily World article, highlighting Pace’s SuperMENtors reading program which was supported by dollars from the Foundation: http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2453441.html
Another Daily World article features information on Generations and Bright Beginnings Daycare, two more recipients of Community Support grant funding from the Foundation: http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2454157.html
Two community food programs supported by the Foundation were featured in another Daily World article – SON Ministries and Farmers’ Markets of Linton and Bloomfield were recipients of funding in support of their programming: http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2447159.html
Finally, the Greene County General Hospital Foundation, Linton Civitan, and Old Clifty Memorial Association were the subject of another recent article, highlighting the work each organization has done toward investing in our community: http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2456089.html
Grants Awarded from Women of Worth & Board of Realtors Fund
Philanthropy is strong in Greene County as several funds at the Greene County Foundation made their annual awards. The Women of Worth membership meets annually to nominate, review, and award grants generated by their annual $120 membership fee. With a goal of having 100 WOW members, membership is open to any women in Greene County who wishes to support local not for profits and wants a say in directing those awards. WOW recently awarded grants to Middle Way House for operations at their new location; Open Arms for renovation of bedrooms in their group home; and Greene County Health Clinics for purchase of crash carts.
Members from the Greene County Health Clinics receive their award grant from WOW. L-R, back row: Mary Lou Quiel, WOW member; Crystal Plano, Corianne Vanderkolk, & Linda Bedwell: Greene County Health Clinics; Linda Haseman, WOW; front row: Cara and Aedan Gambill & Megan Crowe, Greene County Health Clinics; Carolyn Crichfield & Shelia Corey, WOW.
Also, the Board of Realtors/Greene County Fund, a new fund held at the Foundation, recently awarded grants to three local not for profits. The Board of Realtors Fund made grants to: Old Clifty Memorial Association, for the new roof and windows at the historical Old Clifty Church built in 1867; Open Arms, to support their education programming; and Bright Beginnings Daycare for playground upgrades.
Members of the Old Clifty Memorial Association receive grant funding from the Bloomington Board of Realtors. L-R: Mark Bush & Lisa Abbott, BBOR; Tom Jochim & Malea Huffman, OCMA; Lisa Funkhouser, BBOR.