The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County Inc. has selected 19 nonprofits to receive a share of nearly $400,000. Grants include funding for an economic development plan by the Delaware Advancement Corp. and renovations to Muncie's Ivy Tech Community College Campus. March 5, 2014

News Release

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Community Foundation is awarding $399,850 to 19 nonprofit organizations during the first cycle of the 2014 Competitive Grant season.

“The nonprofit organizations in this community do the quiet and hard work that makes Muncie and Delaware County a better place to live and work,” said Suzanne Kadinger, Vice President of The Community Foundation. “We see grant applications that range from sheltering the homeless to widening the availability of classical music, and both of these things – and the many things in between – contribute to a better quality of life for this community.”

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 Second Quarter 2014 Competitive Grants click here. The next deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply for a Competitive Grant is April 11, 2014. Unless otherwise noted, the following grants were awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc.

-A Better Way Services, Inc., received $35,000 (partial funding from the Jeanne & John Smith Fund) to provide crisis services including a 24-hour suicide hotline, advocacy for sexual assault victims, and shelter and support to victims of domestic violence and their children.

-Animal Rescue Fund received $10,000 (from the Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, Gordon & Pam Cox Fund and John & Katherine Littler Fund) to defray the cost of spaying/neutering pets of low-income families and for the vaccination of dogs and cats in ARF’s care.

-Committee for Positive Influence received $2,500 to defray the cost of a series of presentations by Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor with a powerful message of forgiveness. Free presentations will be held on April 3, 2014, one for local middle school students and one for the general public and Ball State community.

-Community Enhancement Projects received $12,500 (from the Stefan & Joan Anderson Fund, John & Janice Fisher Fund, Historic Preservation Fund, Martin & Helen Schwartz Fund, and Joseph & Janice Wilson Fund) to update the landscaping at The Appeal to the Great Spirit park. The historic park will be largely restored to the original design.

-Daleville Parks Department received $10,000 (from the Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Fund, Beulah M. Frogge Fund, KAKATU-David & Joanna Meeks Fund, Mary Kate Pingry Fund, Community Wellness Programs Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to defray the cost of a 1200-foot paved health trail with various exercise fitness stations and two instructional signs along the White River in the David E. Shellabarger Park.

-Delaware Advancement Corporation received $100,000 to support Vision 2016, an economic development plan seeking to create 2,000 primary income jobs for the community and attract $250 million in new investment.

-Habitat for Humanity received $30,000 to defray the cost of Habitat for Humanity's 2014 housing program, including five house rehabilitations, one new construction and three home repair projects.

-Ivy Tech Foundation, Inc. received $50,000 to defray the cost of renovation projects at the Ivy Tech Fisher Campus in downtown Muncie.

-Motivate Our Minds received $20,000 (from the 5,000th Charitable Fund, Inc. Fund, Bassett Family Fund, Patrick & Marilyn Cleary Fund and Mac & Lila Warrell Fund) to defray the cost of supplemental academic programming and to provide scholarships for students at Motivate our Minds.

-Muncie Downtown Development Partnership received $10,000 (from the Ball Corp. Community Betterment Fund and Fisher Quality of Place Fund) to defray the cost of the second annual Muncie Three Trails Music Series, a series of free concerts featuring critically acclaimed artists performing in local venues.

-Muncie Symphony Orchestra received $6,000 (from the Charles & Claudia Sursa Fund and Mary Jane Sursa Fund) to defray the cost of the Festival on the Green, an event celebrating arts and culture in Muncie and including arts displays, activity booths for children and adults, an outdoor symphonic concert, family picnic contest and antique car show.

-Project Stepping Stone of Muncie received $7,500 (from the Jeanne & John Smith Fund) to defray the cost of providing temporary housing to local families in need.

-Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana received $10,000 (from the Jeanne & John Smith Fund) to defray the cost of the Delaware County Tailgate Program, a mobile pantry program that provides food assistance to struggling families in a drive-through venue.

-Shafer Leadership Academy received $3,000 (from the Hamer & Phyllis Shafer Fund) to provide scholarships for employees from Delaware County nonprofit organizations to attend the 2014 Emergence leadership development program.

-TEAMwork for Quality Living received $7,750 (from the Louisa & Waldo Beebe Named Fund and MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund) to defray the cost of a program to train the board and staff of the YWCA and A Better Way Services to support individuals living in poverty and to work with the residents of both organizations to encourage and empower them to become financially self-sufficient.

-TeenWorks received $18,000 (from the Bassett Family Fund and Morris Youth Fund) to provide support for 44 at-risk local high school students to participate in TeenWorks' six-week summer employment and college readiness program to help them prepare for success in college, careers and the community.

-United Day Care Center received $15,600 to defray the cost of new, energy efficient light fixtures.

-Youth Opportunity Center received $12,000 (from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund) to defray the cost of enrichment activities, including art classes with Cornerstone Center for the Arts, theater and violin classes with Muncie Youth Embrace Creativity, field trips to Minnetrista, and community activities with scouting groups and Muncie PAL Club.

-YWCA of Muncie received $40,000 to provide funding for a dedicated emergency shelter for women and children, in collaboration with area agencies, to be housed in the YWCA of Muncie.

Click here for Grant guidelines and applications, as well as post-grant reports. For more information, contact Suzanne Kadinger, Vice President, at or by calling 747-7181.

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

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