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HCCF awards five grants to local non-profits

HCCF awards five grants to local non-profits HCCF awards five grants to local non-profits

The Harrison County Community Foundation recently awarded a total of $128,436 in grants to non-profits, including Harrison County Community Services, Purdue Extension and Align Southern Indiana, as it continues to provide support for organizations serving Harrison County.

Harrison County Community Foundation looks forward to seeing how these organizations impact the community.

Harrison County Community Services Inc., which has been providing services to the most vulnerable in the county for the last 45 years, is establishing a mobile office. This mobile office will benefit county residents by providing food and assistance (utilities, rent, prescriptions, help paying for GED testing, etc.) directly to clients, in their own communities. The HCCS believes the mobile solution can expand its reach into the community and significantly impact Harrison County residents.

“While this particular project has been in the works for about a year, we have actually been dreaming of this day for four to five years,” said Richard Cooper, executive director of HCCS. “We have tried several times to obtain and fund different kinds of vehicles to help us reach further into the community — to meet people where they live — to try and help them and their families meet their basic needs.

“To say that we are excited to finally bring this project to life is an understatement,” he said.

Purdue Extension is creating a rainscape garden in the parking lot at the Harrison County Government Center to provide demonstration gardens for adult and youth educational programs. Participants will receive hands-on training for native habitats to be used to create landscapes at their own homes.

Align Southern Indiana is a collective impact organization bringing five counties in Southern Indiana — Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington — together to achieve agreed long-term outcomes for the region resulting in transformational change. ASI supports various programs in Harrison County, such as kindergarten readiness, trails and addiction prevention.

The Foundation also awarded grants to Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana to purchase art supplies for the community and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.

“We are honored the Harrison County Community Foundation has awarded Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana a grant to serve 350 students in Harrison County schools with Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship programs,” said Debra H. Hoffer, president of Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.

Harrison County Community Foundation also created a COVID Needs Grant Application that is available at This grant application relates to programmatic expenses, and questions within the application are specific to COVID-19 issues.

The Foundation aims to help the community’s vital non-profits continue to provide necessary services during this pandemic.

Harrison County Community Foundation was founded in 1996 by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners, with an initial donation from Caesars Southern Indiana. Its mission is to inspire and assist everyone to experience philanthropy, producing positive and sustainable growth in Harrison County. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $105 million in grants, scholarships and other support to Harrison County non-profits and residents.

For more information about the HCCF’s grants and policies, visit or contact Anna Curts, grants manager, at 812-738-6668 or by email at [email protected].