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Grants include high-speed Internet expansion

Grants include high-speed Internet expansion
Grants include high-speed Internet expansion
Guests at the Harrison County Community Foundation’s grant presentations March 12 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana at Bridgeport have an opportunity to mingle after more than $377,000 was awarded to 13 agencies that serve the community. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (click for larger version)

Not-for-profit agencies shared the wealth last week at Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Bridgeport as the Harrison County Community Foundation awarded $377,205 to 13 agencies serving the Harrison County community. Representatives from each agency attended an awards reception to receive their grants.
For the first time, applicants used a new online application which streamlined the process. Each grant was reviewed separately by the HCCF Grants Committee made up of HCCF board members and community volunteers.
Grants were awarded March 12 in the following areas: Community Services, $100,000; Environmental, $20,000; Health and Safety, $92,000; Historical Preservation, $7,000; and Human Services, $158,205.
The Harrison County Economic Development Corp. received the largest grant award, $100,000. These funds will be added to the EDC’s existing Harrison County Revolving Loan Program in order to support the expansion of high-speed Internet service throughout Harrison County.
Also, a grant of $5,181 awarded to Blue River Services Inc. to provide operating and supportive dollars for Hope Manor Transitional Housing will leverage $42,646 in government dollars.
‘We love it when our dollars leverage external dollars to be utilized in Harrison County,’ Steve Gilliland, HCCF president and CEO, said.
Here is the complete list of grants that were awarded last week:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana ‘ $2,500 to fund operations in Harrison County
Blue River Services Inc. ‘ $10,000 for matching funds for the Southern Indiana Provider Network); $19,600 for an in-home medical feasibility study; $5,181 for a partial match of the Housing & Urban Development Continuum of Care Grant to provide operating and supportive dollars for Hope Manor Transitional Housing
Brandon’s House Counseling Center Inc. ‘ $4,650 to provide counseling sessions for Harrison County youth and families at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County
Center for Lay Ministries Inc./The Bliss House ‘ $5,600 to support Harrison County residents staying at the Bliss House and to assist with the purchase of a computer
Dare to Care Food Bank ‘ $45,000 to assist with providing 620,848 pounds of food for the Harrison County food banks
Harrison County Community Services Inc. ‘ $50,000 to support basic needs assistance
Harrison County Economic Development Corp. ‘ $100,000 for its Revolving Loan Program (these funds are earmarked for Internet expansion for the county)
Harrison County Fire Chiefs’ Association ‘ $72,000 to be divided equally between the nine Harrison County fire departments to assist with their insurance (each department will receive $8,000)
Harrison County Land Conservation Committee ‘ $20,000 to establish a conservation easement on property in Harrison County
Historical Society of Harrison County ‘ $7,000 in matching funds to create Harrison County Driving Tour booklets, CDs and to set up a website
The House of New Beginnings Inc. ‘ $7,254 for capital improvements to the facility
LifeSpring Inc. ‘ $8,420 to install new Pergo laminate flooring
YMCA of Harrison County Inc. ‘ $20,000 to assist with the Open Doors program
The grants from HCCF were made possible with the support of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Because of the contributions from the casino, and the generosity of other donors throughout the community, HCCF has now awarded more than $56 million to a variety of programs and projects.
All not-for-profit agencies providing services to residents of Harrison County are eligible to apply in the fall for the next round of grants. Applications for the fall grant cycle will be accepted June 1 through July 15. Announcements should be made in mid-September.
Requests of $200,000 or more are considered Signature Grants and are only accepted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. These may be reviewed and announced anytime in 2014.
For more information about the HCCF grant programs, contact Anna Curts at 738-6668 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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