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Putnam County Community Foundation fall grant awards

Putnam County Community Foundation celebrated the awarding of $65,839.59 in grants at the 2017 fall grant awards breakfast. Executive Director Elaine Peck greeted an early morning crowd of nearly 60 and gratefully acknowledged the Breakfast sponsor: Old National Bank. The Breakfast was catered by Almost Home and held in the Community Room of Area 30 Career Center.

Jeff Blaydes, Vice- Chair of the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, thanked donors to unrestricted and field of interest endowments that make grant awards possible. Blaydes thanked the nonprofit organizations receiving grants for the work that they do to improve life in Putnam County. He added, “You are heroes in our community.”

Dean Gambill, Director of Community Development, was introduced to announce the awards for the 2017 Fall Grant cycle. Gambill explained that three different types of grants were being awarded: Youth Philanthropy Grant, Endowment Builder Grants and Community Grants.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from representatives of three organizations who received grants and learn about their projects. Camryn Gibson, PC Kids 4-H Club, spoke about a Youth Philanthropy Grant which is being used to purchase new pens for the 4-H Goat Barn. Students and adult leaders have raised over $25,000 in this effort.

Endowment Builder grants were announced for two organizations: Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars and Reelsville/Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department. Endowment Builder grants offer a $1 match for every $2 that an organization raises for their endowments at the Community Foundation.

Gambill then introduced Community Foundation Board President Ken Eitel. Eitel defined and spoke of the need for sustainable funding sources for nonprofit organizations. He mentioned that each of the two Endowment Builder recipients had different ways of raising funds for their endowments. “Dollars for Scholars uses students at a phone-a-thon event and the Reelsville Fire Department does it one pancake at a time through their monthly pancake breakfasts,” said Eitel.

Linda Merkel was asked to give a report on a grant made to the Putnam County Youth Development Commission. That grant allowed the commission to bring Tony Hoffman to speak to 1,400 Putnam County and Eminence students about the consequences of poor choices on October 26. It was a great success and was reported in the Banner Graphic on October 27, 2017.

Community Grant recipients were then announced and received checks from members of the Community Foundation’s Grant Committee.

The organizations receiving 2017 Fall Community Grants are:

Area 30 Career Center, $15,000

Cloverdale Dollars for Scholars, $1,822.59

Cloverdale Community Schools, $25,000

Community Christmas Choir—Russellville, $2,500

DePauw University, $1,017

Greencastle Community Schools, $1,000

Greencastle Community Schools, $500

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, $1,500

New Life Baptist Church Food Pantry, $7,000

Putnamville United Methodist Church—Dr. Horn Museum, $2,000

The Community Grant portion of the morning concluded with Mary Jane Elkins, principal of Cloverdale Elementary School, explaining how their grant for the Clover U Program help all students realize at an early age that learning does not end with high school. College education, skill certifications, and post-secondary education are important now for employment and will be even more so in the future.

Gambill wrapped up the morning by again congratulating grant recipients and revealed that grant applications for the Community Foundation would no longer be accepted as paper applications. The new online applications are currently available for the 2018 spring grant cycle. Those applications may be accessed at www.pcfoundation.org by clicking on Grants and then Grant Forms. Deadline for applications for the 2018 spring community grants and Endowment Builder Grants is Feb. 1, 2018.

For information about applying for an Endowment Builder Grant, a Community Grant, or a Youth Philanthropy Grant, visit www.pcfoundation.org or contact Dean Gambill, Community Development Director, at 765-653- 4978. The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to administer funds, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County.

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