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Community Foundation awards $1.3 million in grants

The Harrison County Community Foundation has awarded $1,364,284 to various projects and agencies supporting Harrison County.
Major grants awarded this round include $730,000 to South Harrison Community Development for renovations at the South Harrison Community Center and $124,875 to the Town of Palmyra for a local match to seek Community Focus Funds to build a senior citizen’s center in that town.
‘This grant cycle brought forth two exceptional applications for renovation and construction projects that will greatly benefit their communities,’ said Churchill. ‘Our grants awarded to South Harrison Community Development and the Town of Palmyra may help to leverage funds from other grant sources and will greatly enhance the availability of services in those communities.’
Other successful fall grant applicants are:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Inc., $13,000 to provide school-based mentoring program for at-risk students at South Central Elementary School;
Blue River Services Inc., $63,798 to purchase a truck for the sheltered workshops and $21,250 to purchase five heating and cooling units for Corydon Blue River Industries;
Boy Scout Troop 4071, $3,343 to purchase winter camping equipment;
Brandon’s House Counseling Center Inc., $10,013 to underwrite therapy for Harrison County youth at Gerdon Youth Center and the Floyd County Youth Shelter;
Center for Lay Ministries Inc., $20,000 to supplement per diem cost per Harrison County resident in The Bliss House program;
Family Health Center of Harrison County Inc., $11,280 to provide ongoing support of the health center;
Furthering Youth Inc., $5,213 for a room renovation at Gerdon Youth Center;
Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County, $25,000 for the construction of Habitat for Humanity home number six;
Harrison County Alternative Education Center Inc., $7,500 for a Restorative Justice Program for Juvenile Diversion;
Harrison County Arts!, $9,470 to support the Crosier Exhibition and Art on the Square;
Harrison County Community Services Inc., $40,000 to support direct services;
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative, $50,000 to purchase two activity buses with wheelchair lifts;
Harrison County Health Dept., $6,150 to purchase influenza vaccine for a flu clinic;
Harrison County Lifelong Learning, $4,000 to purchase two-way video conference equipment;
Harrison County Renaissance, $15,000 to promote and recognize academic achievement in Harrison County schools;
Harrison Education & Literacy Program, $12,000 to continue Freedom 101 classes at the Harrison County Jail;
Hayswood Theatre Group Inc., $10,000 to purchase lighting and sound equipment;
Hoosier Hills PACT, $4,350 to provide substance abuse services for female inmates at the Harrison County Jail;
House of New Beginnings Inc., $11,500 to construct a metal building for outdoor recreation and storage;
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Inc., $48,800 for economics and financial literacy training for Harrison County students;
LifeSpring Inc., $4,564 to purchase furniture, signage and equipment;
North Harrison Community School Corp., $12,400 to purchase and install school bus security cameras, and $5,282 to purchase and install security cameras at North Harrison Middle School and Morgan Elementary School;
South Central Elementary School, $4,615 to purchase outdoor musical instruments for the school playground;
South Central Junior-Senior High School, $8,774 to purchase band instruments;
St. John’s Lutheran School, $1,026 to purchase athletic equipment;
The Center for Women and Families, $10,000 to provide support for a family advocate in Harrison County;
The Next Step Inc., $11,500 to pave the parking lot at The Next Step facility in Corydon; and
The Salvation Army, $59,581 to establish office space and a Thrift Store in Harrison County.
The Community Foundation has been providing funds to support not-for-profit projects and scholarships since October 1997. With contributions from Caesars Indiana and donations from the community, total assets of the Foundation have surpassed $80 million.
‘The Foundation’s grantmaking now exceeds $19 million. The impact on the lives of Harrison Countians is astronomical,’ said Brian Churchill, chairman of the HCCF grants committee.
With the conclusion of the fall grants cycle, $2,420,017 in grants have been awarded in 2007.
Future grant applications will be accepted after Dec. 1 and must be hand delivered to the HCCF staff by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 or may be postmarked by that date to be considered. The applications will be available after Nov. 1 from the Web ( or by contacting the Foundation staff. All not-for-profit agencies serving Harrison County are invited to apply.
Any agency representatives intending to apply in the next grant cycle are encouraged to attend a grant application workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. in the HCCF Conference Room, 1523 Foundation Way, Corydon. Individuals planning to attend the workshop should RSVP by calling the Foundation office at 738-6668 or e-mail Julie Timberlake at [email protected]