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HCCF grants $377,205 to 13 nonprofits

$100,000 to support high-speed Internet expansion

March 20, 2013
Not-for-profit agencies shared the wealth last week at Horseshoe Southern Indiana as the Harrison County Community Foundation awarded $377,205 to 13 agencies serving the Harrison County community.

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 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.

Harrison County Economic Development Corp. received the largest grant award of $100,000. These funds will be added to its existing Harrison County Revolving Loan Program in order to support the expansion of high-speed Internet service throughout the county.

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," HCCF President and CEO Steve Gilliland said.

Following is a listing of all grant recipients:

•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 and 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 and 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 Chief's Association — $72,000 to be divided equally between the nine Harrison County volunteer fire departments to assist with their insurance. Each department will receive $8,000.

The nine departments are: Boone Township, Elizabeth, Harrison Township, Heth Township, Lanesville/Franklin Township, Milltown, New Middletown, Palmyra and Ramsey.

•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, CD's and to set up a website.

•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.

These grants 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 for fall 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 annac@hccfindiana.org.

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