Scott County Community Foundation (SCCF) has awarded over $142,000 in grants to several local agencies during its 2021 Community Grants Program, announced grants committee chairperson Ryan Payne. The agencies were formally 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, $2,500;
  • CASA of Scott County: provide mileage reimbursement for advocates to support abused and neglected children, $15,000;
  • Child and Family Advocates: provide a counseling center for children and families, $6,500;
  • Cradle Pregnancy Resource Center: provide facility maintenance and upgrades, $5,000;
  • Gleaners Food Bank: provide school-based pantry program at Scottsburg High School, $5,000;
  • LifeSmart Youth: provide human growth and development curriculum to Austin elementary and middle school students, $2,500;
  • Preservation Alliance, Inc.: operational support for Scott County Heritage Center and Museum, $1,500;
  • Scott County Family YMCA: Champions Academy summer learning loss program, $5,500;
  • Scott County Partnership: AmeriCorps match for Clearinghouse, and Conquer the CHAOS high school poverty initiative, $8,925;
  • Scott County Partnership: program match for Covering Kids and Families health insurance navigator, $7,000;
  • Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department: purchase repeater system piece and new radios, $4,514.90;
  • Still Water Individual and Family Therapy Services: therapy sessions for clients with financial need, $3,000;
  • The Refuge for Children, part-time case manager, $20,000;
  • THRIVE Recovery Community Organization: train recovery coaches, provide office equipment and supplies, $4,400;
  • 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, and Laurence and Myrtle Bridge Memorial Fund, and Dale and Rosemarie Hobbs Fund provided funding for the grant to Dolly Parton Imagination Library. 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, the Garten Foundation, Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Dustin and Derek Jones 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 $46,007 from the Scott County CAPE Educational Endowment Fund to the Scott County Partnership to continue educational initiatives through a Youth Resources Coordinator. These include LifeSkills and guidance activities at Austin and Scottsburg elementary and middle schools, coordinate youth summer feeding program, coordinate other educational programs including Reality Stores, Career Clusters and fairs, and Conquer the CHAOS poverty programs at both Austin and Scottsburg high schools.

?As a lifelong resident of Scott County, I am very thankful to be a small part of what the Community Foundation does for our county,? said Payne. ?This is my third year being on the grants committee and my first year being the chair and I continue to be amazed at all the great things that are going on in our community.?

?The unfortunate part is the money that we have for grants only goes so far so if you have ever wanted to help out our community and didn’t know what to do, please contact our Foundation office and learn how to be a donor today,? added Payne.

For more information on the Scott County Community Foundation, call 752-2057, email or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. You may also go online to view pictures and information at or