MCCF awards more than $249,400 in latest grant cycle


The Montgomery County Community Foundation awarded more than $249,400 to nonprofits Thursday in the final grant cycle of the year.

Funding was given to 16 agencies specializing in early childhood and K-12 education, health, history, arts and culture, human services and youth.

“We get to celebrate the holidays a little bit early with this wonderful awards ceremony today,” MCCF chief executive officer Kelly Taylor said during a program at Fusion 54.

The money came from MCCF’s field of interest and unrestricted funds established by donors. MCCF manages more than 240 endowed funds.

Agencies could also apply for grants to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The following agencies received funding in this grant cycle:

• Rainbows and Rhymes Preschool — $12,482 for a multi-station hand washing basin.

• Montgomery County Educational Foundation — $25,000 for grants awarded to K-12 educators for projects not funded through school corporations.

• Crawfordsville Community School Corp. — $10,000 to assist students with health-related needs.

• South Montgomery Community School Corp. — $9,000 to assist student health needs.

• Athens Arts Gallery — $4,000 to partner with preschool agencies to offer art history and art exploration classes with a professional artist.

• Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County — $5,899 to purchase shelving and other storage options and exhibit supplies.

• Montgomery County Historical Society — $9,000 for building repairs and tree care at the Lane Place.

• Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis — $3,360 to provide emergency assistance to Montgomery County families with children.

• Pam’s Promise Transitional Housing — $18,727 to replace the failing furnace and air conditioner at the Spring Ledge house.

• Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center — $29,027 to hire a part-time advocate to serve local survivors of sexual abuse and trauma.

• Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church — $2,500 to purchase new books and materials for recovery support groups and new, more energy efficient lighting in the recovery room.

• Women’s Resource Center — $6,500 for medical services and items for the Great Expectations educational program.

• Achaius Ranch — $25,000 COVID-19 operating grant to continue the Harmony Project for 2022.

• Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County — $39,000 COVID-19 operating grant to continue after-school programming.

• Montgomery County 4-H — $30,000 to purchase a new range hood and exhaust for the kitchen, which is being remodeled to create a demonstration kitchen.

• Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau — $20,000 to support the Court Appointed Special Advocates, Child Abuse Prevention and Inspire programs.

MCCF also announced the topic for the 2022 Nonprofit Learning Series. The five-part series begins in March and focuses on board governance training.

Registration opens in January.

Sessions are scheduled for March 15, April 11, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, 2022 in Montgomery and Putnam counties.


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