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HCCF awards $500,000 in grants


September 26, 2012 | 09:55 AM

Great food always makes for a wonderful event but, when you add a half of million dollars to the agenda, it turns into a spectacular event.

The Harrison County Community Foundation on Sept. 13, at Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Bridgeport, awarded more than $500,000 to 16 agencies serving the Harrison County community. Representatives from each agency were present to receive their award.

Each grant is reviewed separately by the HCCF Grants Committee made up of HCCF board members and community volunteers. This year's fall grants were awarded in the following areas: arts and culture: $21,000; education, $59,500; historical preservation, $102,000; human services, $313,743; and recreation, $4,000.

The largest grant award was made to Blue River Services Inc. in the amount of $170,000 to construct five duplexes (10 rental units) for seniors at Country Trace Apartments in Palmyra. This grant leveraged $1,230,000 in government and private dollars.

"What a difference a day can make!" Debbie Heazlitt, Harrison County Alternative Education Center Inc., said. "Surrounded by old and new friends at Horseshoe, we were the smiling recipients of a Harrison County Community Foundation grant that will help hold our staffing costs down while increasing our ability to be in continual communication with our partners in the community. It's a win-win for us all. Thank you, Foundation!"

The other grants were awarded to:

Battle of Corydon Memorial Park Committee Inc. — $12,000 to provide additional events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corydon to be held in July 2013.

Blue River Services Inc. — $70,000 to assist in providing match funding to renovate the Plaza Facility located in Corydon. This building hosts Rainbow's End Child Care Center and First Steps of Southern Indiana. The Paul Ogle Foundation gave Blue River Services a Challenge Grant of $100,000 for the Plaza Renovation Project. Blue River Services needs to secure the remaining $30,000 by Dec. 1.

Comfort House — $8,000 to purchase two laptops and partially fund the executive director's salary.

Harrison County Alternative Education Center Inc. — $12,000 to develop and purchase case management software for access and communication for all parties involved in the student's educational success at the Alternative School.

Harrison County Arts! — $6,000 for an after-school arts program teaching photography and fiber arts.

Historical Society of Harrison County — $90,000 toward restoration of the historic Posey House in Corydon.

Hoosier Hills PACT — $30,000 for support and advocacy services for victims of crime.

Hosparus Inc. — $10,000 to support core operations in Harrison County.

Indiana Special Olympics Inc. — $1,000 for Special Olympics entry fees and equipment for Harrison County participants only.

Indiana University Southeast — $10,000 funding for family and children's programming at the IUS Ogle Center.

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Inc. — $47,500 to support Economics and Financial Literacy programs for Harrison County students.

LifeSpan Resources Inc. — $17,873 to provide Meals on Wheels for Harrison County clients on a waiting list.

Lincoln Hills Development Corp. — $4,000 to purchase playground equipment for 2-to 5-year-olds at the Village of Corydon I and II Apartments Development in Corydon.

St. Elizabeth-Catholic Charities — $6,871 to support residential programs for Harrison County residents.

Stage One — $5,000 to underwrite costs associated with two productions of the Ogle Center Children's Series.

These grants were made possible with the support of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Because of the contributions from Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and the Foundation's donors throughout the community, HCCF has now awarded more than $53,000,000 to causes and projects.

Any agency that would like to apply for a grant from the HCCF is encouraged to send a representative to the next HCCF grant application workshop scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the HCCF Conference Room in Corydon. Anyone who wishes to attend this workshop should RSVP to Sarah Travis at 738-6668 or by e-mail at saraht@hccfindiana.org.

The HCCF will accept Signature Grant requests from Nov. 1 to mid-December. Signature grant requests are $200,000 or more and may be reviewed and announced anytime in 2013.

Applications for the spring grant cycle will be accepted Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, with announcements expected to be made in mid-March.

For more information about the HCCF's grant programs, contact Anna Curts at 738-6668 or by e-mail at annac@hccfindiana.org.

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