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Foundation gifts help hard-pressed agencies

Having much-needed equipment or additional supplies can make a tremendous difference in how an agency serves the public or helps institutions complete its purpose.
But with tight budgets and state funding being reduced, there isn’t a lot of money to go around.
That’s why Capt. James Sadler of the Corydon Police Dept. is so appreciative of the Harrison County Community Foundation.
“Through a grant we just received from them, we were able to purchase two new bulletproof vests and three needed cameras,” he said.
The Foundation recently awarded its spring round of grants, totaling $322,239, to various projects and agencies. another $200,000 in scholarship funds was awarded to Harrison County high schools.
The Corydon Police Dept. first purchased vests for its officers in the early 1990s, thanks to funding from the Corydon Wal-Mart. Companies that manufacture bulletproof vests recommend that the vests be replaced every five years to maintain their effectiveness.
Sadler said officers who received those early vests have not had them replaced due to budget constraints, but donations have been used to purchase the lifesaving equipment for officers who have been hired.
“Bulletproof vests should be standard pieces of equipment issued to officers,” Sadler said, but smaller police agencies often can’t afford to include them in their budget.
With its $2,050 grant from the Foundation, the Corydon Police Dept. also purchased three cameras. Sadler said one is a Polaroid specially designed for documenting domestic violence injuries.
“Two of our police cars had this kind of camera in it,” he said. The Harrison County Prosecutor’s office purchased several of those cameras a few years ago and distributed them to police agencies in the county.
“We wanted to put one of them in our third car so they’d be equipped the same,” Sadler said.
A digital camera, for the third police cruiser, and a 35mm camera for the department also was purchased with the grant.
St. Joseph School in Corydon was another recipient of a Foundation grant. The school actually received two grants — one for $10,350 and another for $10,000.
School officials said the larger grant is being used to expand the school’s technology department, while the other grant allows for the purchase of geographical materials such as maps, globes and software.
The Foundation has provided more than $2.6 million to support not-for-profit projects and scholarships since October 1997. An agreement made by the Harrison County Commissioners created the Foundation with an initial contribution of $5 million from Caesars Indiana. With additional contributions from Caesars, donations from the community and growth through investments, the Foundation has a market value of about $16.5 million.
Recipients of the other grants, and amount awarded, were:
Blue River Services, $30,000 for matching funds for federal and state public transportation grant, and $25,000 for matching funds to supplement a Child Care Initiative Grant;
Habitat for Humanity, $30,000 for matching funds for public donations to build its first house;
Southern Indiana Regional Alliance to Prevent Exploitation Inc., $30,000 to establish regional sexual assault center for medical/forensic examinations;
Harrison County Community Services, $29,725 to support one full-time client specialist staff person’s salary;
Leadership Harrison County, $25,000 to support Harrison County 2016 planning project;
Lanesville Youth Baseball/Soft-ball, $19,000 for matching funds to install lighting on ball field;
Town of Elizabeth, $18,000 to complete sidewalk and curb construction in the town;
Lifespan Resources Inc., $16,516 to provide an activities coordinator to implement activities for senior citizens;
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Dept., $15,975 to purchase pagers and hand-held radios;
Kentuckiana 211 Partnership, $11,613 to provide Indiana 211 start-up and program sustaining costs;
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, $10,000 to support growth of the agency’s mentoring program;
FYI Inc./Gerdon Youth Center, $10,000 for exterior building renovations;
Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, $8,320 to support art education workshops in Harrison County schools;
Hoosier Hills PACT, $6,000 to help provide sex offender treatment services in Harrison County;
Harrison County Chaplain’s Association, $5,000 to help fund the association’s assistance program;
American Heart Association, $4,000 to purchase automated external defibrillator (AED) for Milltown Police Dept.’s police cruiser;
Community Systemwide Response, $2,220 for matching funds for State Juvenile Accountability Block Grant for the Juvenile Diversion Program;
Thompson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, $1,400 to purchase materials to repair church steeple;
Our Place, $570 to support teen pregnancy prevention programs in Harrison County schools;
Corydon Central High School, $500 to support after-prom activities;
Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, $500 to support after-prom activities, and
North Harrison High School, $500 to support after-prom activities;
Applications for the next semi-annual round of grants will be accepted after June 1 and must be postmarked by July 15 to be considered. The applications will be available after May 1 from the Internet at or by calling 738-6668. All not-for-profit agencies serving Harrison County are invited to apply. Due to recent changes in the application, any agency interested in applying for a grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation should plan to attend one of the workshops scheduled in April and May.