Community Foundation of Delaware County Awards Grants

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Minnetrista in Muncie is one of the recipients. (photo courtesy Minnetrista) Minnetrista in Muncie is one of the recipients. (photo courtesy Minnetrista)

Fifteen nonprofit organizations will receive funds from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County in the first quarterly competitive grant cycle of the year. The group awarded more than $600,000 to the organizations to help improve quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County. 

The grants were awarded to:

  • A Better Way Services, Inc. received $50,000 (partial funding from the 5000th Charitable Fund, Inc. Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, Linda and Connie Gregory Fund, Julian and Suzanne Gresham Fund, Jon and Barbara Moll Fund, Mary Kate Pingry Fund, Mac and Lila Warrell Endowment Fund, Joseph and Janet Wilson Unrestricted Endowment Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to defray the cost of providing advocacy and services for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children, a 24-hour suicide hotline and a general crisis hotline.
  • Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. received $8,500 (from the William and Margaret Dutton Fund and Beulah M. Frogge Fund) for start-up costs associated with the organization’s veterinary clinic.
  • Cornerstone Center for the Arts received $30,000 (from the Stefan and Joan Anderson Unrestricted Fund, MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund, Beulah M. Frogge Fund, Francis Lafferty Fund, Morris Youth Fund, Mary Jane Sursa Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to defray the cost of the education department providing opportunities for creative expression, educational programming, and events in a historic setting.
  • Delaware Advancement Corp. received $100,000 (partial funding from the Economic Development Fund) to support the operating efforts of the Vision 2021 Economic Development Plan.
  • Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District received $20,000 (from the John and Janice Fisher Unrestricted Endowment Fund and Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Fund) to match funds awarded by the EPA to address environmental problems in the Mississinewa River Watershed.
  • Habitat for Humanity received $50,000 (partial funding from Louisa and Waldo Beebe Unrestricted Endowment Fund, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund, Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund, and Gary and Amy Thomas Fund) to defray the cost of the 2018 housing program.
  • Hillcroft Services, Inc. received $75,000 (partial funding from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, Bassett Family Fund, Jane E. Hughes Fund, and Mary Jane Sursa Fund) to support the capital campaign designated for facility and service provision consolidation of programs.
  • Home Savers of Delaware County received $60,000 (partial funding from Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, Day Star Center Fund, John and Katherine Littler Fund, Jeanne and John Smith Fund, and Daniel and Catharine Stewart Fund) to provide urgent home repairs for low-income homeowners.
  • Minnetrista received $30,000 (from Ball Corporation Community Betterment Fund, John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Fund, and Historical Preservation Fund) to support the cost of transforming Oakhurst, the GA Ball historic home, into an interactive experience for family visitors.
  • Muncie Arts and Culture Council, Inc. received $25,000 (from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, The Endowment for the Arts Fund, and Kent Shuff and Steve Fennimore Fund) to provide organizational capacity support.
  • Muncie Civic Theatre Association received $75,000 (partial funding from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, Patrick and Marilyn Cleary Fund, Roni Johnson Fund, KAKATU Foundation/David and Joanna Meeks Fund, Leap Managed IT Fund, and MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund) to support the capital campaign designated to renovate critical portions of the historic Boyce Block building in order to improve safety and accessibility.
  • Muncie Homeownership and Revitalization received $16,500 (from the Esther Ball Fund, Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, and John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Fund) to defray the cost of a new construction housing project for low-income veterans.
  • Shafer Leadership Academy received $20,570 (partial funding from the Michael O. and Nicole T. Lunsford Fund, Mid-West Metal Product Fund, Old National Bank Fund, and Shafer/Muncie Power Products Legacy Fund in memory of Joseph E. Wilson) to provide scholarships for nonprofit organizations and neighborhood association members and to support a pilot advanced leadership retreat.
  • Soup Kitchen of Muncie received $19,000 (from the Bassett Family Fund, Jim and Mary Rosema Fund, and Jeanne and John Smith Unrestricted Fund) to replace aging kitchen equipment.
  • TeenWorks received $25,000 (from the KAKATU Foundation/David and Joanna Meeks Fund, Morris Youth Fund, and Youth as Resources Fund) to pay salaries of Muncie students participating in the Career Pathways Initiative. 

The Community Foundation has administered more than $47 million, to date, to various organizations

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