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Recreation, agency block grants top list


September 11, 2013 | 08:30 AM

The Harrison County Community Foundation awarded $278,955 to seven agencies serving the Harrison County community in its fall grant cycle.

Once again, applicants used an online application which streamlined the process, according to the HCCF.

Each grant was reviewed separately by the HCCF Grants Committee made up of HCCF board members and community volunteers. Grants were awarded in the following areas: community services, $25,000; environmental, $4,500; historical preservation, $11,355; human services, $53,100; and recreation, $185,000.

"HCCF is fortunate to be able to support so many great agencies serving Harrison County and Southern Indiana," Chad Coffman, HCCF grants chair, said. "Without these dedicated agencies, we would not have such an outstanding and diverse community."

The Harrison County Parks Dept. received the largest grant award of up to $100,000. These funds will assist matching up to one half of the local share dollars to support the purchase of 93 acres known as "Morvin's Landing."

Here's a complete list of the awarded grants:

•$11,355 to Battle of Corydon Memorial Park Committee Inc. to purchase free-standing display cases and illustrated panels depicting the historical Morgan's Raid and Battle of Corydon.

•Up to $4,500 to Blue River Services Inc. to install a new sidewalk at its administration building in Corydon.

•$25,000 to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Inc. for a new roof and plumbing fixture for the Kornhauser Lodge at the Stem Adventure Center located along the Ohio River near Laconia.

•$30,000 to Hoosier Hills PACT to provide victim safety and advocacy services for Harrison County residents.

•$85,000 to the Lanesville Youth Baseball and Softball League to construct a building that will house concessions, press box, rest room and locker rooms.

•$23,100 to Personal Counseling Services to provide counseling and/or psychiatric services to underinsured and uninsured Harrison County residents.

Thanks to contributions from Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino, and the generosity of other donors throughout the community, HCCF has now awarded more than $58 million to a variety of programs and projects.

All not-for-profit agencies providing services to residents of Harrison County are eligible to apply for grants. Online applications for the spring grant cycle will be available in early November. Applications may be submitted Dec. 1 through Jan. 15. Staff will be available to review any completed application up to one week prior to the submission deadline of Jan. 15. Award announcements will be made in mid-March.

The Foundation has implemented a new two-part process to apply for a Signature Grant. Currently, the board is reviewing Signature Grant proposal letters that were due Sept. 1. Agencies with a project the board will further consider will be instructed to submit a complete online Signature Grant application. These online applications will only be accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 to be considered for funding in 2014.

In other business, the board has chosen to provide year-round support to select not-for-profit agencies that serve Harrison County through the new Agency Block Grant Program. These recurring grants will support the agencies' day-to-day operations in 2014 and beyond.

"These block grants will allow HCCF to work hand-in-hand with identified partner agencies throughout Harrison County," Jason Copperwaite, HCCF board chair, said.

The partner agencies are Repair Affair, Hayswood Theatre, Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana University Southeast — Ogle Center, Junior Achievement, Dare to Care, LifeSpan Resources, Harrison County Community Services and the local volunteer fire departments.

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

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