By Kallie Sulanke—
MUNCIE, Ind.—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $75,118 to seven non-profit organizations during the final Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2021.
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 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. Grants to nonprofits from these funds benefit the community. More than $57 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of Muncie and Delaware County residents.
Action for Animals received $3,750 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation and the Bassett Family Fund) for the Trap/Neuter/Return program, which utilizes trained volunteers to trap free-roaming cats to receive spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations.
Delaware County Fire Chief’s Association received $4,692 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Louisa and Waldo Beebe Fund, and Gordon and Pam Cox Fund) to provide communication capabilities for fire and EMS departments across Delaware County that support backup dispatch services between departments.
American Red Cross received $5,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) for the Home Fire Relief program that helps Delaware County residents access the resources they need after a fire.
Christian Ministries of Delaware County received $7,500 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Stefan and Joan Anderson Fund, and Linda and Connie Gregory Fund) to provide rent and utility assistance to keep families facing eviction or utility disconnection in their homes.
Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District received $10,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation) to match funds awarded by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to address environmental problems in the Upper White River Watershed.
ecoREHAB of Muncie received $25,000 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, Jim and Mary Rosema Fund, and Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund) to support the second cohort of the STEP: Skilled Trades Education Program, which provides technical and soft skills training in the construction industry.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana received $19,176 (from The Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation) to provide food and resources to local veterans and active military families and support the Neighborhood Van Distribution Program.