By: Eunice Whitlock—
Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc., awarded $89,683 to 12 non-profit organizations during the third Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2016.
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 $44 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.
Unless otherwise noted, the following grants were awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc.
- Boy Scouts of America, received $10,000 (from the Bassett Family Fund and Gordon and Pam Cox Fund) to create two new STEM Scouts programs in Muncie that encourage boys and girls to learn about STEM-related topics and attend summer camp.
- Boys and Girls Club of Muncie, received $20,000 (from the Stefan and Joan Anderson Fund, Louisa and Waldo Beebe Unrestricted Endowment Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, Jane E. Hughes Unrestricted Fund, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, Michael O. and Nicole T. Lunsford Fund, Mid-West Metal Products Fund, Jim and Mary Rosema Fund, Shafer/Muncie Power Products Legacy Fund, Jeanne and John Smith Unrestricted Fund, Joseph and Janet Wilson Unrestricted Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to defray the cost of after-school tutoring for youth in grades K-12.
- College Mentors for Kids! Inc., received $5,000 to support a mentoring program that pairs Delaware County elementary students with a college student mentor for 20 weekly, on-campus activities.
- East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra, received $3,000 (from The Endowment for the Arts Fund, Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Fund, and Mary Jane Sursa Fund) to provide free concerts in Muncie and Delaware County, scholarships for college student musicians and operational costs.
- First Choice for Women, Inc., received $5,000 (from the Jeanne and John Smith Fund) to defray the cost of a state-approved abstinence education program designed for 6th to 12th-grade students and youth organizations.
- Indiana Youth Institute, Inc., received $4,500 (from Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Fund) to defray the cost of three Youth Worker Cafes and two professional development grants for individuals from Delaware County.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Team, received $8,183 (from the Ball Corporation Community Betterment Fund and Historical Preservation Fund) to provide support for the Freedom Bus, a mobile museum of local civil rights history.
- Muncie Community Schools, received $6,000 (from the MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund) to defray the cost of the 80th annual Community Christmas Sing.
- Muncie Innovation Connector, received $3,000 (from the John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Fund) to defray the cost of The Big Idea Pitch and the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet.
- Muncie Public Library, received $20,000 (from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, John and Janice Fisher Unrestricted Fund, Morris Youth Fund, and Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz Unrestricted Fund) to create a shared catalog between Muncie Community Schools libraries and Muncie Public Library.
- Smart Living Project, Inc., received $2,000 (from the John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Fund) to support the 2016 Living Lightly Fair.
- Youth Symphony Orchestra, received $3,000 (from the KAKATU Foundation/David and Joanna Meeks Fund) to expand the Prelude Orchestra to 5-6 year olds and to provide music stands, a teaching assistant, and scholarship funds.
For information on how to apply for fourth quarter 2016 Competitive Grants, visit our website at www.cfmdin.org or contact Marcy Minton, Senior Program Officer, at email@example.com. The next deadline for non-profit organizations to apply for a Quarterly Competitive Grant is October 7, 2016.