The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County Inc. has awarded more than $200,000 to nearly a dozen nonprofits. The funding is part of the organization’s second quarterly competitive grant cycle in 2018.
The grants are awarded to projects that provide a "demonstrable community benefit" to arts and culture, human services, economic development, or education and community betterment. The recipients include:
Alpha Center: Received $15,000 (partial funding from the Bassett Family Fund, Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Fund, and Jeanne and John Smith Unrestricted Fund) to support programming, activities, and meals for senior clients, age 60 and older.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County: Received $9,300 for the 2019 mentoring program.
Boys and Girls Club of Muncie: Received $17,500 to defray the cost of teen programming and activities, including college visits.
AIM Collaborative: Received $50,000 to defray the cost of the AIM Program, a collaboration between the Buley Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Motivate Our Minds, Ross Community Center, and YMCA that provides education and recreation opportunities for students K-8th grade during school breaks.
Cardinal Greenway Inc.: Received $25,000 to defray the cost of trail infrastructure maintenance efforts with a focus on professionally sealing cracks in the asphalt trail surface.
East Central Indiana Regional Partnership: Received $10,000 to promote Muncie and Delaware County for new business investment and talent attraction.
8Twelve Coalition: Received $14,500 to support the work, led by Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity, of the 8Twelve Coalition. This collaboration is comprised of residents, non-profits and businesses working to revitalize the 8Twelve target area bordered by 8th Street, Memorial Street, Perkins Avenue, and Madison Street.
Indiana Youth Institute: Received $4,500 to provide high-quality professional education, resources, and opportunities to connect for Delaware County youth-serving professionals.
Motivate Our Minds: Received $20,000 (partial funding from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund) to defray the cost of quality academic instruction for more than 100 children.
Ross Community Center: Received $17,500 to support 2018 programming including preschool expansion, and afterschool and adult programs.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana: Received $25,000 to support the school pantry programs at Muncie Community Schools and to support the Forward S.T.E.P.S. program.