Source: The Corydon Democrat

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HCCF's spring grants total $308,500

April 08, 2014

The Harrison County Community Foundation recently awarded a total of $308,500 to seven not-for-profit agencies serving Harrison County.

Grants were awarded in the following areas: community projects, $5,000; education, $30,000; human services, $178,500; and recreation, $95,000.

Blue River Services Inc. received the largest grant award, $150,000. These funds will assist in the construction of six two-bedroom apartments for seniors, ages 62 and older, in Palmyra as the third phase of Country Trace Apartments. The HCCF's $150,000 grant award will leverage more than $900,000 in public and private dollars to construct this housing.

A grant of $5,200 was also awarded to BRS to provide operating and supportive dollars for Hope Manor Transitional Housing. These funds will leverage $42,646 in government dollars.

Additional grants were awarded as follows:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana — $1,300 to purchase supplies and equipment.

Blue River Services Inc. — $10,000 for matching funds for the Strategic Indiana Provider Network.

Comfort House — $3,000 to purchase educational materials and interview supplies.

Indiana University Southeast — $30,000 to support the nursing lab remodel and equipment purchase.

Lanesville Youth Baseball and Softball League — $95,000 to construct a multi-purpose building to house concessions, bathrooms, press box and locker rooms.

Serenity Inc. — $9,000 to provide support to operation dollars for Harrison County residents residing at Serenity House.

The Kiwanis Club of Historic Harrison County — $5,000 to purchase fireworks for the Fourth of July community event.

All not-for-profit agencies providing services to residents of Harrison County are eligible to apply for HCCF grants. Requests for the fall cycle may be any amount up to $199,999. Applications for the fall grant cycle will be accepted June 1 through July 15. Announcements should be made in mid-September.

Signature Grants are reviewed yearly, and the policy is changing for 2015 funding. Requests of $100,000 or more will be considered a Signature Grant starting in 2015. These grants will still require the two-part process. Applicants have until Aug. 1 to submit a two-page proposal letter stating the intent of the grant along with an estimated cost of the project. The HCCF Supporting Organization board will review all proposal letters at the September board meeting and invite agencies with a project the HCCFSO board will consider to submit a complete Signature Grant application. Those applications will only be accepted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. These may be reviewed and announced anytime in 2015.

Because of the Signature Grant Policy change, the HCCF is encouraging agencies with requests of more than $100,000 in the fall grant cycle to also submit a two-page proposal letter by Aug. 1 to be considered for Signature Grant funding in 2015.

To facilitate the preparation of complete grant applications, applicants are always encouraged to utilize the HCCF staff for assistance. A grant application scheduled for review must be completed no later than one week prior to the submission deadline.

The spring grants were made possible, in part, by the support received from community donors and Horseshoe Southern Indiana. To date, the HCCF has awarded more than $62 million to a variety of programs and projects.

For more information about the HCCF grant policies and programs, visit online at www.hccfindiana.org or contact Anna Curts at 812-738-6668 or by e-mail at annac@hccfindiana.org.