By: Kallie Sulanke—
Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $217,716 to 11 non-profit organizations during the second Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2020.
The Community Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. Quarterly 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, more than $54 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.
City of Muncie received $25,516 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Ball Corporation Community Betterment Fund, John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Endowment Fund, and Bill and Nancy Mitchell Living Well in Delaware County Fund) for phase one of improvements to Cooley Park, which includes safety and ADA compliance renovations to the restroom facilities.
Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America received $10,000 (from the Stefan and Joan Anderson Unrestricted Fund, J. Robert and Joanne N. Baur Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, David and Mary Jane Sursa Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to provide after-school STEM Scout programming to more than 100 children at Northview, Southview, Royerton, and Yorktown Elementary Schools.
East Central Indiana Regional Partnership, Inc. received $10,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation and J. Robert and Joanne N. Baur Fund) to promote the 10-county
East Central Indiana region, including Muncie-Delaware County, for new business investment and talent attraction.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency received $12,500 (from the Bassett Family Fund, Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, Roni Johnson Fund, Jeanne and John Smith Fund, and Jeanne and John Smith Unrestricted Fund) for the Nutrition Supplements Program, which provides supplements to cancer patients to mitigate the negative effects of chemo and radiation treatments like fatigue, unhealthy weight loss, and loss of independence.
Motivate Our Minds, Inc. received $20,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Linda and Connie Gregory Fund, Jane E. Hughes Fund, Francis Lafferty Fund, MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund, and Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund) to support quality academic instruction for more than 200 children in Muncie and Delaware County.
Muncie Arts and Culture Council received $23,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, and KAKATU Foundation/David and Joanna Meeks Fund) to provide organizational capacity support.
Muncie Delaware Senior Citizens Council, Inc. received $21,700 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund, and Nancy J. Smith Fund) to replace aging refrigerators and freezers at the Senior Center.
Muncie Home Ownership and Revitalization received $20,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Esther Ball Fund, John and Janice Fisher Unrestricted Endowment Fund, and Mid-West Metal Products Fund) to defray the cost to build a home in partnership with Muncie Area Career Center Building Trades students that will provide a home-ownership opportunity in Muncie’s McKinley Live Learn Neighborhood.
Psi Iota Xi Charities, Inc. received $30,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation) to restore the Wolfe Home facility, which houses The Bargain Box.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Inc. received $20,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Jim and Mary Rosema Fund and Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz Unrestricted Fund) for Forward S.T.E.P.S., an initiative that builds relationships and connections across the community to increase the economic stability and vitality of under-resourced households.
TeenWorks, Inc. received $25,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, and Youth as Resources Fund) to support wages of 60 Delaware County teens participating in the Summer Employment Program.