The Scott County Community Foundation has awarded over $103,000 in grants to several local agencies during its 2013 Community Grants Program, announced grants committee chairperson Hank Jentzen.
The organizations, the amount awarded and the purpose of the request are:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Scott County received $4,760 to purchase a web-based case management system and provide pre-match trainings.
- City on a Hill Church, $2,523 to purchase medical equipment for free community medical screenings
- Englishton Park, $7,000 to send seven Scott County children to a summer remediation camp
- Gleaners, $10,000 for the BackSacks program, which provides food to Scott County children every weekend during the school year
- Lexington Good Faith Preschool, $6,750 to provide free preschool to children in Lexington Township
- LifeSpan Resources, $1,350 for a web-based prescription assistance program
- Preservation Alliance, Inc., $2,222.77 for operating support for the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum
- Scott County 4-H, $3,000 to implement Project LEAD at Scottsburg Elementary School, a program that will educate fifth grade students about law enforcement, the legal system and making good decisions; and to fund youth development/education programs
- Scott County Economic Development Corporation, $2,685 for a Veteran to Business program, which includes entrepreneurship training, mentoring and advisory services
- Scott County Genealogical Society, $1,937 for books for the research room and archival materials
- Scott County Historical Society, $1,120 to purchase a computer and printer to enable archiving and researching
- Scott County Partnership, $2,500 for the Circles Campaign to end poverty
- Scott County Partnership, $4,000 for the Clearinghouse to assist needy families
- Scott County Sheriff?s Posse, $6,350 to purchase radios so members can effectively communicate during search and rescue, emergency response and other activities
Funding for two projects was made possible from the Donald R. Collins Sr. Family Fund. The Scott County Family YMCA received $375 to purchase new lane lines for the swimming pool. Part of the grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters was also made possible through the generosity of the family. Through the Collins family?s membership in the Forever Tree Society, earnings from the family?s fund are able to support specific charitable projects in the community.
In addition, part of the unrestricted funds included $5,000 that the Board of Directors designated for the Imagination Library program, an initiative that provides free books to children from birth through age five. The Community Foundation has partnered with United Way of Scott County to bring this program to the community in an effort to increase early childhood literacy.
The Board of Directors also awarded $41,678 from the Scott County CAPE Educational Endowment Fund to the Scott County Partnership to continue educational initiatives.
The grants were also made possible from the Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Hazel and Lowell Lowry Sr. Memorial Fund, L.L. and Juanita Lowry Unrestricted Fund, John and Janice Martin Unrestricted Fund, Dr. William and Diann Scott Unrestricted Fund, Scott County Immediate Response Fund, Scott County Memorial Fund and the Community Enrichment Fund.
?As in years past, the grants committee had a difficult time deciding which organizations to award grants,? said Jentzen. ?With over $160,000 in requests, it was an extremely competitive process and there were so many deserving projects. The Scott County Community Foundation would like to congratulate those who have received funding, and thank all the applicants for their desire to make Scott County a great community to live in.?
For more information on the Scott County Community Foundation, call 752-2057, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. You may also visit the website to view pictures and information at www.www.scottcountyfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ScottCountyCommunityFoundation.