Community Champions Fund Awards Over $27,500 In Grants

Aerial photo of Muncie and Delaware County by Michael WolfeAerial photo of Muncie and Delaware County by Michael Wolfe

By: David Huhnke, Community Relations Manager, Old National Bank—

Muncie, Indiana– The Community Champions Fund is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to five organizations totaling $27,875. Community Champions Fund is subsidized by Old National Bank’s 100 Men Who Cook event to support organizations within the community to provide programming, services, and activities that endeavor to reduce violence as well as provide security and care for victims of violence.  Since 2015, Community Champions Fund has awarded over $320,000 to 36 different organizations.

The Community Champions Fund will consider support to not-for-profits, civic, business, and government organizations to support the development and delivery of innovative solutions, otherwise unavailable in our community, designed to make our community a safer place to live, work, and play.

Here is a breakdown of the organizations receiving funds:

First Choice for Women, Inc. – Promoting Safe Sleep Practices – Total Award: $9,875.00

 Program: First Choice for Women currently supports safe sleep through the distribution of cribs and pack and plays to clients promoting safe sleep environments for families.

Muncie & Delaware County BY5 – Diaper Bank Network – Total Award: $7,500.00

Program:  Developing, organizing, and promoting a county-wide Diaper Bank Network for In-Need Families.

Urban Light CDC – Urban Lighthouse Recovery & Transitional Home for Women – Total Award: $5,000.00

Program: The project will support program materials, resident re-entry needs such as clothing and hygiene items and storage items, the cost of 25 counseling sessions for resident who are unable to pay for services, and property maintenance and upkeep of the Urban Lighthouse residential facility.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie – Safety at the Club – Total Award: $3,500.00

Program: The project will fund two additional cameras to the Madison Street location and six cameras at the Roy C. Buley Unit location for added security.

Stripped Love – Advocacy Program Domestic Trafficking & Exploitation of Women in the Commercial Sex Trade – Total Award: $2,000.00

Program: The project will develop Stripped Love’s advocacy program to increase local awareness of sex trafficking and exploitation of women in the sex trade in central Indiana.

Jeff Howe, Regional President for Old National Bank stated: “We are very pleased to be able to meet the needs of our community through the Community Champions Fund. Through these grants, many organizations can continue to meet the needs of their clients and make Muncie a community of choice to live and work.”


About Old National

Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB), the holding company of Old National Bank, is the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana. With $17.5 billion in assets, it ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. and has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for six consecutive years. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National Bank has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with clients. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, Old National offers comprehensive wealth management, investments, and brokerage services. For more information and financial data, please visit