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HCCF awards nearly $1.2 million in fall grants

The Harrison County Community Foundation has awarded $1,171,262 to various projects and agencies supporting Harrison County. The Grants Committee reviewed 57 grant applications from agencies requesting $1.7 million for a variety of projects.
‘As is often the case, there were many projects we had to deny simply because our spending allocation couldn’t fund everything,’ Gary Geswein, Grants Committee chairman, said. ‘We work very hard to find a balance between available funds and supporting a variety of projects important to the community.’
The successful fall grant applicants are:
Blue River Services Inc. ‘ $32,884 for Successful Transitions & Employment Program, $4,628 to establish a special needs Color Guard and $9,381 for a match to a HUD Continuum of Care Grant for Operating Supportive Service Dollars
Boy Scout Troop 4071 ‘ $6,079 to purchase kayaking equipment
Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services ‘ $5,000 for therapeutic massage for Harrison County residents with serious medical conditions
Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County ‘ $23,000 toward construction of Habitat’s eighth house in Harrison County
Harrison County 4-H ‘ $72,500 for Phase II of the 4-H Facility Expansion at the Harrison County Fairgrounds
Harrison County Agricultural Society ‘ $2,800 to develop a plan and blueprint to build a multi-use facility at the Harrison County Fairgrounds
Harrison County Hospital ‘ $24,648 to purchase EMS education equipment
Harrison County Parks Department ‘ $95,792 to replace pit toilets at Hayswood Nature Reserve with modern accessible facilities
Harrison County Regional Sewer District ‘ $65,000 for the New Salisbury Sanitary Sewer Project
Harrison County Substance Abuse Coalition ‘ $7,188 to provide an alcohol abuse prevention curriculum in the schools
Harrison Education & Literacy Program ‘ $12,000 to fund Freedom 101 classes at the Harrison County Justice Center
Hayswood Theatre Group Inc. ‘ $8,000 for production costs
Hoosier Hills PACT ‘ $25,000 to support services for Harrison County victims of crime
Indian Creek Trail Inc. ‘ $4,400 to rebuild trailhead at West Bridge in Corydon
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Inc. ‘ $46,200 for Economics and Financial Literacy Training in Harrison County schools
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Inc. ‘ $9,000 to provide artist residencies in Harrison County schools
Lanesville Community School Corp. ‘ $3,908 in support of academic teams
Lanesville Youth Baseball and Softball League ‘ $300,000 for construction of three new baseball fields
LifeSpan Resources Inc. ‘ $6,849 to provide transportation to medical appointments for elderly and disabled Harrison County residents
LifeSpring Inc. ‘ $5,992 for facilities improvements
North Harrison Elementary School ‘ $5,958 to purchase multimedia interactive presentation system for the school library
Our Place Inc. ‘ $7,000 for a substance abuse prevention program for lower elementary school children
South Harrison Community Development Corp. ‘ $300,000 for renovation of the South Harrison Community Center gymnasium
South Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ $60,000 for dual-credit classes in high school
St. Michael Catholic Church ‘ $9,325 to equip the Parish Life Center
The Center for Women and Families ‘ $18,730 to provide services for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence
The Foundation also began this year considering Signature Grants, those requiring $200,000 or more, as a separate category. Two of the six Signature Grant projects were awarded funding; $300,000 each was awarded to the Lanesville Youth League for new baseball fields and South Harrison Community Development Corp. to continue the rehabilitation of the old Posey Township School building in Elizabeth.
The application process for a Signature Grant is slightly different from regular grant requests. All Signature Grant requests must be turned into the Foundation between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15 to be considered for funding during 2010. Applicant hopefuls should carefully follow the instructions at
‘Several grant requests had to be denied because the application was not complete,’ Executive Director Steve Gilliland added. ‘Anyone who may have a question about the application should call us. Please do not assume a required document doesn’t apply to your agency.’
The Community Foundation has awarded more than $36 million to support not-for-profit projects and scholarships since October 1997. Total assets of the Foundation currently exceed $90 million, thanks to donations from the community and continuing contributions from Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
Applicants should check the HCCF Web site after Oct. 1 as there may be changes in grant policies or the application. Any agency intending to apply for grant funding in 2010 is encouraged to attend the next HCCF grant application training scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in the HCCF Conference Room, 1523 Foundation Way in Corydon. Anyone interested in attending the training should notify the HCCF staff by calling 738-6668 or by e-mailing [email protected]