Foundation grant deadline approaches


Staff Reports

Nonprofits face a July 31 deadline to submit fall grant applications to the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

Each year, the foundation accepts grant proposals for projects and needs of Jackson County nonprofits, President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Davis said. Grants are funded through unrestricted and field of interest endowments administered by the foundation.

Grant guidelines and proposal forms are available online at Click on grants and then fall grants.

Foundation Vice President Sue Smith is available to review grant proposals before submission. She may be reached at 812-523-4483 or by email at [email protected].

Applications will be reviewed by the foundation’s grant committee, and organizations will be notified following approval after the October meeting of the board of directors.

The foundation administers the following community endowments for the purpose of making fall grants: Aisin USA Mfg. Inc. Endowment; Donn Bishop Memorial Endowment; Don Bollinger Memorial Fund; Jackson County Community Endowment; Bob and Kate Hall Endowment; Thomas J. Lantz/Montgomery, Elsner and Pardieck Community Endowment; Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment; Potts Family Endowment; SIHO Insurance Services Community Endowment; Virginia G. Otto Endowment Fund; Irwin Union Bank and Trust Co. Fund; Larry and Joanne Sunbury Community Endowment; Michael and Ardith Fleetwood Unrestricted Endowment; Nehrt Family Community Endowment; Mary Evelyn Mellencamp Memorial Fund; Mark and Sue Smith Community Endowment; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 655 Community Fund; Schneider Nursery Community Endowment; John and Kay Beatty Community Endowment; and Seymour Oktoberfest Community Endowment.

The following field of interest endowments also help fund the fall grant cycle: Cartwright Endowment for the Arts (performing arts); Granger H. and Ruth M. Smith Drug Abuse Prevention Fund; Carl Hemmer Memorial Fund (performing arts); Tri Kappa Endowment (charity, culture and education); The Shelter Fund (homelessness); and Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Charitable Endowment for Education.

Last year, the foundation approved 18 grants totaling $54,924 through the fall grant cycle.

The foundation offers endowment services, gift planning, charitable gift annuities and scholarship administration. It was created in 1992 and made its first grants in 1994. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants and scholarships across the county. The charitable nonprofit administers more than 140 funds with assets of more than $12 million.

For information about how you can make a donation to any of the funds administered by the foundation or how you might start a new fund, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to Davis at president@cf

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