The Wayne County Foundation has awarded over $117,000 in its latest ground of grants. More than 20 local organizations will use the funding for community and quality of life programs throughout the county.

Foundation Executive Director Steve Borchers called the range of projects and initiatives for the cycle "especially impressive."

This cycle's grant recipients are:

Achieva Resources Corporation, Inc., To purchase age appropriate books for the EXCEL program, $4,000.00
Animal Care Alliance, To purchase electro surgery equipment, $6,000.00
Boy Scouts of America, For registration fees of Wayne County students to participate in STEM Scouts, $5,250.00
Cambridge City Main Street, For roof replacement on the Matthias and Kline historical building, $5,000.00
Center City Development, In support of the Tech Education partnership with Earlham College, $1,500.00
Christian Charities, In support of the Backpack Blessings program with at least 25% to benefit the Hagerstown community, $5,000.00
Circle U Help Center, Inc., To purchase updated kitchen equipment, $3,750.00
Communities In Schools of Wayne County, To support Site Coordination services, $15,000.00
Diplomas, For tuition to keep 4 teen parents and 2 children in school for a whole school year, $7,200.00
Every Child Can Read, In support of the Third Grade Academy, $5,000.00
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, In support of the Healthy Food for Families program, $7,500.00
Hagerstown Nettle Creek Players, In support of the Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season, $5,000.00 
HELP the Animals, To replace a portion of the roof of the H.E.L.P. Shelter, $2,725.00
Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana, To purchase assistive devices for continued independence, $10,000.00
Indiana Women In Need Foundation, For support services of women living in Wayne County and enduring treatment for breast cancer, $3,000.00
JACY House, In support of the Speak Up Be Safe program, $2,000.00
Richmond Day Nursery, To purchase cots and couches for the children, $2,204.00
Richmond Parks and Recreation, To purchase a fence in Phase I of the Playground with a Purpose project, $5,000.00
Special Olympics Indiana - Wayne County, In support of the Wayne County Special Olympics annual summer games, $4,420.00
Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, For Conservation Days 2017, $2,000.00
Western Wayne Heritage, To publish a book in coordination with the Voices of the Past event, $1,350.00
Williamsburg Area Community Center, For window replacement and roof repairs, $15,000.00