The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County Inc. has announced more than $200,000 in grants to 17 nonprofits. The funding will support projects including the Arc of Indiana's training institute and hotel in downtown Muncie.

The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. is awarding $205,287 to 17 nonprofit organizations during the second cycle of the 2014 Competitive Grant season.

“The dedication and determination of the nonprofit organizations in this community is astounding,” said Suzanne Kadinger, Vice President of The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County. “Through the grant process we are privileged to witness this commitment and help meet their wide range of needs in order to improve the quality of life for our residents and move the community forward.”

The Community Foundation's purpose is to contribute to improving the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. To that end, Competitive Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and culture, human services, economic development, education and community betterment.

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. is a publicly supported philanthropic institution governed by a volunteer board of local citizens. The Foundation manages contributions donated by individuals, businesses and corporations as a permanent community endowment. Distributions from these funds are given back to the community in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations and agencies. To date, nearly $38 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.

For information on how to apply for the Third Quarter 2014 Competitive Grants, visit our website at The next deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply for a Competitive Grant is July 11, 2014. Unless otherwise noted, the following grants were awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc.

American Cancer Society, received $2,000 (from the KAKATU – David & Joanna Meeks Fund) to purchase LED lights and batteries for the annual Relay for Life luminaria ceremony.

The Arc of Indiana received $53,837 (partial funding from the Jeanne & John Smith Fund, Faye Wingate Fund and Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Fund) to provide seed money and start-up expenses for a training institute and hotel in downtown Muncie, specifically a hands-on learning laboratory space and classroom technology. The facility will provide individuals with disabilities with a postsecondary education opportunity in the hospitality industry.

Back To School Teachers’ Store, Inc. received $3,500 (from the Robert P. Bell Education Fund, John & Janice Fisher Fund and Roni Johnson Fund) to replace deteriorating flower beds with more permanent landscaping and additional sidewalk space for safety and beautification.

Boys and Girls Club of Muncie received $10,000 (from the Morris Youth Fund) to defray the cost of after-school homework help and tutoring for youth in grades K-12.

Daleville Community Library received $4,000 (from the MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund) to defray the cost of upgrading and building the library’s adult fiction collection.

Delaware County Historical Society, Inc. received $6,450 (from the Ball Corporation Community Betterment Fund and John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Fund) to defray the cost of restoring the missing and damaged components of the three Delaware County courthouse statues.

Delaware County B5-Early Childhood Education Initiative received $50,000 (partial funding from the KAKATU – David & Joanna Meeks Fund, Hamer & Phyllis Shafer Fund, Mac & Lila Warrell Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, Mary Kate Pingry Fund, Martin & Helen Schwartz Fund, Charles & Claudia Sursa Fund, Mary Jane Sursa Fund and Joseph & Janet Wilson Fund) to defray the cost of operations and programming for B5 Early Childhood Education Initiative, an organization working to ensure that all Delaware County children will be kindergarten ready by 2020.

East 16th Street Church of God received $1,000 (from the Stefan & Joan Anderson Fund) to defray the cost of equipment and supplies needed for producing food in the organization’s community garden. Food produced in the community garden will be provided to local families in need.

Energize-ECI received $25,000 (partial funding from the Economic Development Fund) to support six economic development initiatives designed to bring new jobs and new capital investment to Muncie and Delaware County.

First Choice for Women, Inc. received $7,500 (partial funding from the Youth as Resources Fund and Beulah M. Frogge Fund) to defray the cost of a state-approved, sexual abstinence program for middle and high school students in Delaware County that emphasizes character education and relationship building.

Hearts and Hands United received $5,000 (from the Bassett Family Fund) to provide backpacks and school supplies for the annual “Tools for School” county school supply distribution.

Indiana Youth Institute, Inc. received $4,500 (from the Gordon & Pam Cox Fund) to defray the cost of IYI’s local Youth Worker Cafes, an opportunity for high-quality professional development opportunities for local youth-serving professionals at no cost to their organizations.

Masterworks Chorale received $4,500 (from the Hamer & Phyllis Shafer Fund and Endowment for the Arts Fund) to defray the cost of production of concerts for the 2014-2015 season.

Muncie Civic Theatre Association received $15,000 (from the Shafer/Muncie Power Products Legacy Fund and Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Fund) to complete the second phase of a roof and masonry stabilization project started in 2010.

Muncie Crime Stoppers, Inc. received $3,000 (from the Bassett Family Fund) to allow local children to shop for back to school items with police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, and other emergency personnel. Participants will be selected by the Salvation Army based on need and income qualifications.

Muncie Downtown Development Partnership received $5,000 (from the Louisa & Waldo Beebe Fund and Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Fund) to defray the cost of “The Next Muncie” Campaign, designed to reawaken an awareness of downtown Muncie and recruit long-term businesses to locate in the area.

Women in Business Unlimited, Inc. received $5,000 to allow 100 under-served women to attend the half-day symposium, “Catalyst for Empowering Women,” a pre-event professional skills and development workshop, and four post-event professional development maintenance seminars.

Source: The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County Inc.

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