By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
Thirty-four organizations received a total of $351,121 in grants from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Wednesday afternoon. The awards celebration was held inside the library on the IU Southeast campus.
The Horseshoe Foundation hands out grants in two cycles each year, spring and fall. A committee screens each applicant before making the final decision.
“Everyone starts out with a number, and then they [committee] try to come up with a number that works for everyone,” said Floyd County Commissioner Mark Seabrook, president of the Horseshoe Foundation board. “I know there are always a lot of happy people at the awards ceremony each year.”
The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County was established in 1999 to provide resources to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies for the benefit of residents in New Albany and Floyd County. Since 1999, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has awarded $33 million to benefit the citizens of Floyd County.
“There are a lot of different organizations who benefit — schools, clubs — organizations that can’t raise all the money they need. It’s a good thing,” Seabrook said.
One of those organizations, Open Door Youth Services, received a $25,000 award Wednesday, the highest amount given. Leah Pezzarossi, director of Open Door, said the money is used to help make renovations to the shelter which is located at the Pine View Government Center. The Horseshoe Foundation had promised $50,000 over a two-year period for the renovation work.
“If they had not pledged the money, we would not have gotten the Ogle match,” Pezzarossi said.
Listed below are the grant recipients for the spring cycle.
• $2,500 — Muir Manor, to provide vinyl flooring in apartments in low income senior housing.
• $3,000 — Kentucky Harvest, to fund program expenses associated with delivering donated food or organizations like Open Door Youth Services and Tri-County Health.
• $3,093 — Floyd County 4-H, to purchase equipment for 4-H archery.
• $3,300 — Boy Scout Troop 4020, to replace damaged and outdated camping equipment and provide a Pinewood Derby track.
• $3,600 — Opening Gates, to fund certified equine assisted counseling session for youth and families.
• $3,800 — Boy Scout Troop 4025, to replace worn and damaged camping equipment and purchase specialized equipment for backpacking.
• $4,260 — Special Olympics Indiana, to support Floyd County Special Olympics by providing competition fees, uniforms and equipment.
• $5,000 — Georgetown Optimist Club, to purchase a new shed to store equipment for kids archery, Girl Scouts and Jr. Master gardeners.
• $5,000 — Louisville Visual Art Association, to fund summer art classes for Floyd County students.
• $5,004 — Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services, to supplement Safe Place and Family Education classes that addresses the safety and success of Floyd County families and youth in crisis.
• $6,268 — IUS School of Natural Sciences, to establish a 3D printing laboratory and workshop at IU Southeast.
• $7,000 —Community Montessori, to help purchase a portable stage for the theater arts program.
• $7,020 — East Spring Street Neighborhood Association, to create an urban flower garden in New Albany in memory of Dr. John Coffman.
• $7,500 — St. Vincent de Paul Conference of OLPH, to supplement contributions for emergency assistance to families for rent and utilities in the New Albany area.
• $8,381 — Knights of Columbus No. 1221, to refinish the floors in the banquet hall and repave and stripe the parking lot.
• $9,000 — Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana, to provide funding for ESL classes, establish a Family Literacy program for Latino parents, and prepare young Hispanic adults to enter the new High School Equivalency Program.
• $10,000 — Personal Counseling Service, to fund psychiatric services for clients who require it in addition to their therapy.
• $10,000 — Rauch, Inc., to fund the construction of homes at Hawthorn Glen to serve individuals with disabilities.
• $10,000 — St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic School, to establish a wireless network and iPad learning centers.
• $11,000 — Holy Family School, to help replace interior doors with the fire safe doors, lockset devices and fire exit devices for the safety of students.
• $12,000 — Harrison Education & Literacy Program, to fund Freedom 101 seminars in the Floyd County Jail.
• $12,373 — Family Health Centers of Southern Indiana, to add additional staff time to increase patient care hours for low income, uninsured residents of Floyd County.
• $12,967 — Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, to partially fund new Mac mini computers and a laser jet printer for the computer lab.
• $14,938 — StageOne: Louisville Children’s Theatre, to offer students arts experiences through the Eco-Drama program.
• $15,000 — Floyd County Head Start, to replace child restraint seats to meet child safety mandates.
• $15,000 — New Albany High School, to purchase Einstein Tablets for science classrooms.
• $15,000 — YMCA of Southern Indiana, to support the DIAMONDS/Y-CAP after-school mentoring groups for 21st Century Scholar high school students from New Albany High School.
• $15,185 — Actors Theatre of Louisville, to support playwriting residencies for Floyd Central High School and the annual New Voices Young Playwrites Festival.
• $16,520 — Louisville Orchestra, to introduce orchestral music to students in Floyd County schools through concerts and school visits by chamber ensembles.
• $16,900 — Serenity, Inc., to support a program of recovery for male alcoholics and addicts.
• $17,512 — Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc., to fund comprehensive speech and communication services for children and adults with Down Syndrome.
• $18,000 — Providence Jr.-Sr. High School, to renovate an area for students who require extra support, academic assistance and tutoring.
• $20,000 — New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation, to provide engaging and creative supplemental classroom resources for teachers and students.
• $25,000 — Open Door Youth Services, to partially fund renovations and improvements to the Open Door Youth Services facilities.