News and Tribune

November 11, 2012

Community Foundation awards grants at annual event

More than $126,000 awarded to 51 organizations


JEFFERSONVILLE — Fifty-one local charitable organizations received much-appreciated grants Thursday from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.

The organizations were recognized at the Community Foundation’s annual grant event at Kye’s in Jeffersonville. All of the organizations provide services to the residents of Clark and Floyd counties, the two counties served by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, according to a news release from the foundation.

Crystal Gunther, program officer for the foundation, said a total of $126,194 was awarded to 51 organizations. Funding for the grants came from the Community Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund, which is designated to provide for the community’s most pressing needs. A total of $283,467 was requested through 63 grant applications.

A committee of 18 volunteers spent many hours sifting through the proposals. Members of the committee did follow-up work with the applicants, including site visits , phone interviews and other research to make sure everyone had all of the details they needed to make decisions about which grants should be funded.

 “We look in detail at how organizations plan to use the funding and the impact our grants and the programs funded will have in our community,” Gunther said in the release. “We take the evaluation process very seriously, and appreciate all of the hard work by our volunteers. Our grants are made possible by the generous unrestricted gifts of donors who want to give back to their community, and we are very grateful for their support.”

Following is a list of the organizations that received grants today in alphabetical order:

• Actors Theatre of Louisville, Inc. for New Voices Playwriting Residency for high school students

• Alzheimer’s Association for Alzheimer’s disease community awareness and training

• Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentuckiana for middle school transition program

• Boy Scouts of America for Scouting Unlimited/Adventure Camp

• Brandon’s House Counseling Center, Inc. for free counseling for teenagers and families in Floyd and Clark counties

• Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc. for “The Artists of the Wonderland Way” exhibit

• Centenary United Methodist for Christ’s Kitchen and food pantry

• Center for Lay Ministries for delivery of food to homebound seniors

• Center for Women and Families for a privacy fence for the shelter parking lot to maintain client confidentiality

• Central Christian Church for Christian Women’s Fellowship’s S. Ellen Jones Elementary School Christmas gift bag project

• Clark County Legal Self Help Center to assist those in the community who cannot afford to hire an attorney

• Clark County Soccer Association, Inc. for Woehrle Sports Complex Planning Project

• Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services, Inc. for Residential Shelter Enrichment Program

• Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation for a car transfer simulator for the Clark Memorial Hospital rehabilitation gym

• Communities In Schools of Clark County, Inc. to provide necessities for students in schools with a high rate of poverty

• Dare to Care Food Bank for an expansion of the Kids’ Cafe

• Family & Children’s Place for technology updates for the Advocacy Center

• Floyd County Maternal and Child Health Clinic to provide prenatal health care services for pregnant women

• Floyd County Token Club, Inc. for assistance with purchasing kitchen equipment

• Floyd Memorial Foundation for therapeutic massage treatment for those with serious medical conditions

• Goodwill of Southern Indiana, Inc. for Project ATTACH

• Henryville Youth Sports, Inc. for baseball and softball field improvements

• Home of the Innocents, Inc. for the PASS program (Parents Acquiring Skills and Strength)

• Hope Southern Indiana for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)

• Hosparus — Hospice of Southern Indiana for assistance completing a new grief counseling center

• Jeffersonville High School Instrumental Band Boosters, Inc. for the band acoustical treatment project

• Jeffersonville Township Public Library for literacy boosts for BUSY families

• Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc. for financial literacy programs for youth

• Keep New Albany Clean and Green for the bicentennial beautification project

• LifeSpan Resources for Meals on Wheels waiting list

• LifeSpring, Inc. for LifeSpring Learning Services

• Louisville Visual Art Association for children’s visual art classes in Southern Indiana

• Miles for Merry Miracles for holiday presents for the needy

• New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation for the Building the Bridge program at S. Ellen Jones Elementary School

• New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation for classroom projects

• Our Place Drug and Alcohol Education Services, Inc. for Afterschool ROCKS in Floyd County

• Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at Indiana University Southeast for cultural scholarships and family programming

• Personal Counseling Service, Inc. for satellite site for rural mental health services

• Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church for the benevolence fund for families in crisis

• Rauch, Inc. for Hawthorne Glen assisted living furnishings

• Southern Indiana Asset Building Coalition to prepare an additional 200 tax returns

• St. Luke’s United Church of Christ to help feed the hungry

• St. Marks United Church of Christ for clothes closet for the needy

• St. Mary’s Church of the Annunciation’s St. Vincent DePaul Society for ongoing assistance in serving the needs of the poor

• The Falls of the Ohio Foundation, Inc. for fabricating new exhibits

• Tri-County Health Coalition of Southern Indiana for an outreach program for veterans

• Visually Impaired Preschool Services for Indiana outreach program

• Volunteers of America of Kentucky, Inc. for community activities and recreation for the developmentally disabled

• West Clark Community Schools for Silver Creek Elementary to use technology in the classroom to enhance reading achievement

• Yellowwood Terrace for technology assistance

• YMCA of Southern Indiana for two programs: YMCA Diamonds for girls ages 7 to 18 and YCAP, the Y Community Action Project that works with young men.



• For more information about these grants or the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, call 812-948-4662 or see the organization’s Web site,