We are excited to announce the awarding of over $138,000 in grants to several local agencies during our 2020 Community Grants Program. The agencies will be formally honored at a grants breakfast in August.

The organizations, the purpose of the request and amount awarded are:

  • Align Southern Indiana: operations for the 5-county initiative which works to align resources, address needs and produce sustainable solutions, $5,000;
  • CASA of Scott County: provide mileage reimbursement for staff to support abused and neglected children, purchase fundraising tracking software, $19,000;
  • Child and Family Advocates: provide support groups, classes and online parenting curriculum to children of divorced/separated parents, $5,000;
  • Englishton Park: summer camp remediation program, $2,000;
  • Gleaners Food Bank: provide BackSacks of food for children every weekend during the school year, $5,000;
  • LifeSmart Youth: provide human growth and development curriculum to Austin elementary and middle school students, $5,000;
  • New Creation Ministries: expand training material and equipment for individuals who are facing life-controlling situations, operational support, $5,000;
  • Preservation Alliance, Inc.: operational support for Scott County Heritage Center and Museum, $1,500;
  • Scott County Fair Association: complete remainder of pole installation around track at fairgrounds, $10,000;
  • Scott County Partnership: AmeriCorps match for Clearinghouse, and Conquer the CHAOS high school poverty initiative, $7,830;
  • Scott County Partnership: program match for Covering Kids and Families health insurance navigator, $7,000;
  • Scott County Sheriff’s Department: purchase in-car radios, $5,930.10;
  • The Refuge for Children, hire consultant to complete application for licensing for children’s home, $4,000;
  • THRIVE Recovery Community Organization: purchase items for Recovery Engagement Center, $4,421;
  • United Way of Scott County: provide free books for children from birth through age five through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, $5,000.

The Donald R. Collins Sr. Family Fund provided funding for the grants to Preservation Alliance Inc. and CASA. The L.L. and Juanita Lowry Unrestricted Fund provided funding for the grant to New Creation Ministries. The Dale and Rosemarie Hobbs Fund provided part of the funding for the grant to Englishton Park. The Laurence and Myrtle Bridge Memorial Fund provided part of the funding for the grant for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program through United Way. Through these families’ memberships in the Forever Tree Society, earnings from their family funds are able to support specific charitable projects in the community.

The grants were also made possible from the Borden Family Community Granting Fund, Terry Fewell Memorial Unrestricted Fund, Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Hazel and Lowell Lowry Sr. Memorial Fund, John and Janice Martin Unrestricted Fund, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund, Dr. William and Diann Scott Unrestricted Fund, Dan and Mary Lou Slattery Fund, Wesbanco Fund, Scott County Immediate Response Fund, Scott County Memorial Fund and Community Enrichment Fund.

The Board of Directors also awarded $46,515 from the Scott County CAPE Educational Endowment Fund to the Scott County Partnership to continue educational initiatives. These include LifeSkills and guidance activities at Austin and Scottsburg middle schools, coordinate youth summer feeding program in Austin, coordinate other educational programs including Reality Stores, Scott County Attendance Review Board, Youth/education Committee, Career Clusters, and more.

“Being involved with my community through the Scott County Community Foundation has been such a rewarding experience,” shared Nancy Barr, chairman of the grants committee. “Many of the needs within the community are being met by so many wonderfully caring people, who fund the Community Grants Program.”

“If you are passionate about your community, have a particular area of interest, or want to memorialize a loved one, I encourage you to contact the Foundation and become a donor. There is no better way to leave that legacy, and there is no better time to give than now with the matching grant from Lilly Endowment,” said Barr.

Lilly Endowment Inc. values the importance of community foundations having the flexibility to meet changing needs, and is offering $2 for every $1 donated to any unrestricted fund. This matching grant opportunity is available until Dec. 31, 2020, or until the matching funds have been expended.

For more information on the Scott County Community Foundation, call 752-2057, email info@scottcountyfoundation.org or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. You may also go online to view pictures and information at www.scottcountyfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ScottCountyCommunityFoundation.