The Scott County Community Foundation (SCCF) has awarded over $135,000 in grants to several local agencies during its 2019 Community Grants Program, announced grants committee chairperson Nancy Barr. The agencies were honored at a grants breakfast.

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, $7,500;
• Austin High School: upgrade their telecommunications studio, $2,598.95;
• Bree’s Blessings: purchase iPads for operations as well as therapeutic music for kids with cancer, $1,720;
• CASA of Scott County: recruiter/trainer of volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children, $22,887.56;
• Child and Family Advocates: provide support groups to children of divorced parents, $5,000;
• Community Action of Southern Indiana: Life Literacy Academy, $2,924;
• 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;
• LifeSpan Resources: provide matching funds for a vehicle to transport elderly and disabled persons, $5,000;
• New Creation Ministries: purchase laptop for operations and to use with recovery classes, $1,713.17;
• Preservation Alliance, Inc.: create informational brochure on historical and Museum events for the Scott County Bicentennial, $500;
• Scott County Fair Association: install new poles at fence around fairgrounds track, $5,000;
• Scott County Partnership: AmeriCorps match for Clearinghouse, $5,000;
• Scott County Partnership: Conquer the CHAOS poverty initiative, $5,000;
• Scott County Sheriff’s Department: purchase in-car radios, $6,916.80;
• 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 Bree’s Blessings, Preservation Alliance Inc., and also assisted with funding to LifeSpan Resources. The L.L. and Juanita Lowry Unrestricted Fund provided funding for the grant to New Creation Ministries. Through the Collins and Lowry 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, Laurence and Myrtle Bridge Memorial Fund, Terry Fewell Memorial Unrestricted Fund, Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Dale and Rosemarie Hobbs 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 $46,945 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 is such a rewarding experience,” shared Barr. “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.