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Harrison Foundation awards more than $500,000 in grants


September 19, 2012
Last Thursday at Horseshoe Southern Indiana near Elizabeth, Harrison County Community Foundation awarded more than $500,000 to 16 agencies serving the Harrison County community. Representatives from each agency were present to receive their award.

Recipients were:

•Battle of Corydon Memorial Park Committee Inc.: $12,000 to provide additional events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corydon to be held in July of 2013.

•Blue River Services: $170,000 to construct 10 rental units for seniors at Country Trace Apartments in Palmyra. This grant leveraged $1.2 million in government and private dollars and $70,000 to assist in providing match funding to renovate the Plaza Facility located in Corydon. This building hosts Rainbow's End Child Care Center and First Steps of Southern Indiana. The Paul Ogle Foundation gave BRS a Challenge Grant of $100,000 for the Plaza Renovation Project. BRS needs to secure the remaining $30,000 by Dec. 1.

•Comfort House: $8,000 to purchase two laptops and partially fund the executive director's salary.

•Harrison County Alternative Education Center Inc.: $12,000 to develop and purchase case management software for access and communication for all parties involved in the students' educational success at the Alternative School.

•Harrison County Arts!: $6,000 for an After School Arts Program teaching photography and fiber arts.

•Historical Society of Harrison County: $90,000 toward restoration of the historic Posey House in Corydon.

•Hoosier Hills PACT: $30,000 for support and advocacy services for victims of crime.

•Hosparus Inc.: $10,000 to support core operations in Harrison County.

•Indiana Special Olympics Inc.: $1,000 for Special Olympics entry fees and equipment for Harrison County participants only.

•Indiana University Southeast: $10,000 funding for family and children's programming at the IUS Ogle Center.

•Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Inc.: $47,500 to support economics and financial literacy programs for Harrison County students.

•LifeSpan Resources Inc.: $17,873 to provide Meals on Wheels for Harrison County clients on a waiting list.

•Lincoln Hills Development Corp.: $4,000 to purchase playground equipment for 2- to 5-year-olds at the Village of Corydon I and II Apartments Development in Corydon.

•St. Elizabeth-Catholic Charities: $6,871 to support residential programs for Harrison County residents.

•Stage One: $5,000 to underwrite costs associated with two productions of the Ogle Center Children's Series.

Each grant is reviewed separately by the HCCF Grants Committee made up of HCCF board members and community volunteers. This year's fall grants were awarded in the following areas:

•Arts and culture, $21,000;

•Education, $59,500;

•Historical preservation, $102,000;

•Human services: $313,743; and

•Recreation, $4,000.

"What a difference a day can make! Surrounded by old and new friends at Horseshoe, we were the smiling recipients of a Harrison County Community Foundation grant that will help hold our staffing costs down while increasing our ability to be in continual communication with our partners in the community. It's is a win-win for us all," Debbie Heazlitt, Harrison County Alternative Education Center Inc. said. "Thank you, Foundation!"

These grants were made possible with the support of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Because of the contributions from HSI and donors throughout the community, HCCF has now awarded more than $53 million to worthy causes and projects.

Any agency that would like to apply for a grant from the HCCF is encouraged to send a representative to the next HCCF grant application workshop scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the HCCF conference room in Corydon. Anyone who wishes to attend this workshop should RSVP to Sarah Travis at 738-6668 or saraht@hccfindiana.org.

The Foundation will accept Signature Grant requests from Nov. 1 through mid-December. Signature grant requests are $200,000 or more and may be reviewed and announced anytime in 2013.

Applications for the spring grant cycle will be accepted Dec. 1 through Jan. 15. Announcements should be made in mid-March.

For more information about HCCF's grant programs, contact Anna Curts at 738-6668 or annac@hccfindiana.org.

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