By Kallie Sulanke—
Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $96,151 to 10 non-profit organizations during the final 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 non-profit organizations and agencies. To date, more than $56 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.
Animal Rescue Fund received $7,800 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Roni Johnson Fund, Laura Stanley Keppler Fund, Nancy J. Smith Fund, Daniel and Catharine Stewart Fund, and Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund) to provide veterinary services at the ARF PAW spay, neuter, and wellness clinic.
Ball State University received $1,000 (from the John and Janice Fisher Unrestricted Endowment Fund) for signage and consumables needed at the Community Design Center, a community planning storefront located in the Muncie Mall.
Christian Ministries of Delaware County received $10,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Bassett Family Fund, Pat and Jane Botts Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, Patrick and Marilyn Cleary Fund, Jeanne and John Smith Fund, Jeanne and John Smith Unrestricted Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to keep families in their homes as they face eviction or utility disconnection.
Eastern Indiana Works received $12,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Mike and Cathy Galliher Fund, Gayle and Jeannine Harrold Fund, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, LEAP Managed IT Fund, John and Katherine Littler Fund, Midwest Metal Products Fund, Ontario Systems – Wil Davis and Ron Fauquher Fund, Gary and Amy Thomas Fund, and Joseph and Janet Wilson Unrestricted Endowment Fund) to support remote and socially-distanced workshops focusing on soft skills and employment skills for the unemployed and underemployed in Muncie and Delaware County.
ecoREHAB of Muncie received $25,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Bassett Family Fund, Ron and Cheryl Fauquher Fund, MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund, Jim and Mary Rosema Fund, Shafer/Muncie Power Products Legacy Fund, and Wayne E. and Carolyn K. Thomas Fund) to support a sixteen-week training course that will provide ten individuals with technical and soft skill training in the building industry.
8twelve Coalition received $10,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Stefan and Joan Anderson Fund, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, Michael O. and Nicole T. Lunsford Fund, Jon and Barbara Moll Fund, and David and Mary Jane Sursa Fund) for resident-driven projects from the 2021 8twelve Coalition Action Plan and for the coalition management platform.
Huffer Memorial Children’s Center received $6,851 (from the Gary Addison Fund, Jane E. Hughes Fund, KAKATU Foundation/David and Joanna Meeks Fund, Bill and Nancy Mitchell Living Well in Delaware County Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to purchase and install playground equipment.
Muncie Sports Commission received $9,500 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, Julian and Suzanne Gresham Fund, and Old National Bank Fund) to jump-start rebranding efforts, including website development and marketing.
Ross Community Center received $10,000 (from the J. Robert and Joanne N. Baur Fund, Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, and Linda and Connie Gregory Fund) for a weekly community market, emergency food pantry, innovative youth and adult programming to enhance lifelong learning, and community services.
Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana received $4,000 (from the Louisa and Waldo Beebe Unrestricted Endowment Fund, John C. Kelly and Marcia Ressler Kelly Fund, Francis Lafferty Fund, Kent Shuff and Steve Fennimore Fund, and Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund) for operations, including music education for students in Delaware County.