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Community Foundation awards over 300K in year's first half

By ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com


The Clinton County Community Foundation announced on Wednesday that it had bestowed more than $308,900 in competitive grants during the first half of 2019.

“These grants are awarded from our unrestricted community endowment funds,” said Bob Thorley, chairman of the Clinton County Community Foundation Services Committee. “Unrestricted funds provide the best way to connect people and resources to causes of Clinton County nonprofit organizations to allow current needs to be addressed and to consider future needs that cannot be anticipated.

"To strengthen our unrestricted grantmaking ability, the Foundation is partnering with Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow program to offer a match initiative. For every $1 given to an unrestricted community endowment fund, the match will be $2 – this triples your giving. Clinton County qualifies for a $500,000 match.”

Last year, CCCF awarded only $80,900 for the first half of 2018. Jane Williams, CCCF program officer of communications, noted that one large donation to the city of Frankfort for the TPA Park Aquatic Center was primarily responsible for awards being this high and didn't expect that to be the norm in the future.

"We had the aquatic center for $250,000," she said. "That was the big difference." 

Agencies and programs awarded CCCF grants during the first half of 2019 include:

n $250,000 to the city of Frankfort to provide matching support for the TPA Park Aquatic Center. The grant will be used for renovations to the aquatic center that includes ADA accessibility, multiple slides, a lazy river and a new concession building, a CCCF press release notes. The new center will create a sense of place, offer health and wellness opportunities and have a positive impact on the Frankfort community, it adds.

n $2,764 to the Clinton County Boys & Girls Club to provide support for the Teen Center project in the Frankfort building. The center will include furniture, technology, TVs and gaming stations, the release notes.

n $12,000 to the Clinton County Fair Council and Clinton County 4-H Advisory Council to be used to purchase 80 new pens with spring loaded latch bow gates for the fair’s goat program.

n $12,000 to Healthy Communities of Clinton County for the Sources of Strength program. HCCC has a youth leadership program called Youth RISE, which focuses on teen health. Youth RISE is comprised of students from the four county schools, where the students lead initiatives. They plan to build awareness around mental health through the Sources of Strength program that is a youth suicide prevention program and mental health project designed to change unhealthy habits.

n $2,500 to the Humane Society of Clinton County to provide support for the purchase of security cameras for the building and grounds. The security cameras will be used to protect staff and visitors, record activities and prevent theft.

n $4,942 to the Clinton County Adult Education/Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to provide partial support to improve educational service abilities and increase visibility in the community.

n $18,500 to On-Stage Foundation for the Red Barn Summer Theatre to be used to prepare for the future and improve the sound system. Funds will be used to implement a strategic plan, upgrade the sound equipment and complete building renovations.

n $2,750 to the Paul Phillippe Resource Center will be used to upgrade the phone system that supports the Senior Center and public transportation dispatching.

n $1,500 to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation to provide support for a regional public art project where a piece of public art will be developed, completed and installed in every county included in the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network footprint. This grant provides funding for the mural in Clinton County.

n $2,000 to the United Way for Clinton County tol be used to plan and conduct board training for Clinton County nonprofits. Grant funds will be used to cover the costs of the facilitator, materials, venue and meals. Topics will include board governance, legal responsibilities, roles, strategic thinking and strategy.

The Clinton County Community Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization created in 1996. For information about making a charitable gift or establishing a permanent endowment fund to benefit a charitable organization or interest in Clinton County, contact the Community Foundation at (800) 964-0508 or visit its website at www.cfclinton.org.