Community Foundation Gives Out Grants

Community Fund Gives Out Grants
Journal Review 12/19/2008
by Andy Barrand

Christmas came early for 14 local organizations thanks to the Montgomery County Community Foundation.

The foundation handed out $142,502.90 during this round inthe grant cycle process.

“This is like Christmas for us, it is the best part of the season for us,” said Ann Malott, the
executive director of the Montgomery County Community Foundation.

One of the largest grants went to the Coal Creek Fire Department. It received $23,470.04 to
remodel a commercial building for use as a fire station in Wingate.

“This is a really big help to us. It will allow us to finish the building,” said Dale Jones, president of the board of directors for Coal
Creek Fire Department. “We have been trying to raise the money on our own, but efforts have kind of stalled with the economy.”

The renovation of the building will allow the department to have more room for its trucks. The
size of the department’s new equipment had made the old station obsolete.

Another large grant was presented to the Trinity Mission of Montgomery County. It received $29,915 to replace the roof at their
facility at 1101 Whitlock Ave.

All the other grant recipients were very grateful.

Diana Cross, director of Mountie Mission, Inc., said the Foundation’s generosity was essential. “This will keep us going and make everything better,” said Cross.

The $7,409 that the mission received will go to replace 14 windows, to install three ceiling fans and to allow them to purchase a projector, microwave oven, table tennis set and folding chairs.

Mountie Mission provides assistance to needy families in the southern part of the county. Mountie Missions, Inc. is located in Ladoga.

Crawfordsville School Corporation received $19,855.45 to develop a 63.6 acre nature park along the banks of Sugar Creek, near the CEL&P power plant. The project has a price tag of $56,347.18 and is being completed with the help of the Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Nature Park Committee.

The development will provide a place where students and visitors can learn about the biodiversity of the area, including topics such as floodplanes, water quality, and plant and animal life.

The corporation also received $7,500 for the school’s Health and Welfare Fund which assists needy students with health issues.

Friends of Sugar Creek received $4,650 toward its effort to clean up Sugar Creek and to provide educational outreach concerning the creek. The group will be placing three interpretive signs along the Sugar Creek Trail.

Two will describe the surrounding creek ecosystem and the other will highlight issues affecting the creek.

The AHEAD Coalition received $9,870 for a social marketing campaign to raise awareness
of illegal narcotics.

The Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department received $600 for craft supplies for seniors and $1,000 to provide monthly activities for the Vision Club, a social club serving the needs of legally blind individuals.

The Educational Foundation received $10,000 to be used to fund Montgomery County teacher grants.

“The small grants that the Educational Foundation gives out are so important to the community,” said Malott.

Montgomery County League of Women Voters was awarded $5,685.41 for the publication of Focus on Montgomery County and for the 2009-10 Directory of Government Officials for Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau received $9,548 to replace its furnace and air conditioning Systems.

South Montgomery School Corporation received $7,000 for their Health and Welfare Fund.

South Montgomery Youth Football Program received $2,500 toward the replacement of equipment.

Women’s Resource Center received $3,500 to help fund client needs such as baby items, free pregnancy testing and prenatal vitamins.

During 2008, the Community Foundation awarded $900,000 in grants and scholarships, with $364,000 going to scholarships.

The money comes from the foundation’s endowment funds and unrestricted funds.

“Most of the money came from the unrestricted funds,” said Malott. “The donors want the money
to go to those areas in the community that need the help.”