Category Archives: Grants

$21,920 Awarded in Community Impact Grants

Through its Community Impact Grant program, the foundation aims to support nonprofit needs and provide innovative programs and services in LaGrange County.

Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption was among the five organizations who received funding this fall. The Community Foundation awarded Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption $10,000 for the new roof at the Paws and Claws Bookstore in Howe. The bookstore provides slightly used books to readers of all ages. All books sold are on a donation basis and volunteers staff the bookstore. All donations directly benefit the Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption. The grant supported the replacement of the roof at the bookstore.

The 2020 Community Impact Grant Fall awards include:

Each year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for charitable projects and programs that help local nonprofit organizations provide services to LaGrange County families and individuals. The Grants Advisory Committee reviews the submitted grant applications and makes recommendations to the Board of the Directors who approve the grant awards. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have supported the unrestricted and field of interest charitable funds at the Community Foundation. 

If you would like to support the Foundation’s efforts, please click below and be sure to designate your donation to the Caring Community Grant Making Fund.

Council on Aging receives COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant

The LaGrange County Council on Aging received a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant earlier this year to support its services.

In partnership with Aging & In-Home Service of Northeast Indiana, the COA delivered 51 emergency COVID-19 packs to local residents. The emergency packs contained food, face masks, gloves, batteries, coupons, sanitizer, and emergency information.

With limited funds and transportation services, the COA adjusted their schedule and delivered groceries to senior citizens and provided prescription delivery services during the stay at home order.

During the crisis, L-CAT was able to provide local transportation to seniors for donations.

Nothing like this has ever happened in my lifetime and I sure hope it never does again, but you have to be strong and have the desire to push on in order to help as many people as possible during trying times. Every dollar helps in this situation and this grant assisted us to continue serving members of our community.

Cheri Perkins, Executive Director of LaGrange County Council on Aging

Established in 1975 by Eva Connelly, the COA is a resource for services that improve the quality of life for older adults of LaGrange County to enable them to retain their independence and provide safe accessible public transportation for all residents.

To make a donation to the Good Samaritan Fund, which supports COVID-19 relief efforts click here.

Community Impact Grants Now Available

Community Impact Grants are available to nonprofit organizations serving LaGrange County. These grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have supported the unrestricted and field of interest charitable funds at the Foundation. 

Duff Lake Fen at Pine Knob Park

Grant applications will be due September 3, 2020.

The Community Foundation seeks proposals for innovative or creative projects with significant impact on the community.

Nonprofit organizations serving LaGrange County are eligible to apply in six areas:

  • arts & culture
  • recreation
  • health and human services
  • community development
  • education
  • environment

To review guidelines and to learn more visit lccf.net/community-impact-grants .

All applications are due September 3, 2020.

Please contact Leanna Martin at lmartin@lccf.net or call 260-463-4363 for questions or more information.

If you’d like to donate to the Caring Community Fund, click here.

McMillen Health serves 310 LaGrange County Students

McMillen Health provided 10 preventative health education program sessions at Lakeland High School and Westview High School. The focus for 2019 was opioid use and vaping.

McMillen Health was awarded a grant from the Community Foundation in 2019 to support their efforts. McMillen Health’s greatest strength in this effort includes providing fact-based health education that promotes positive health decisions youth carry into adulthood.

Serving 310 LaGrange County youth in grades 6-12 and 15 teachers and staff for a total of 325 lives touched through LaGrange County Community Foundation funding.

They liked identifying which was candy or vape juice. Every time I have a program come in I am impressed and have never had a bad experience. Speakers are engaging and energetic and knowledgeable.

Ms. Duff at Westview High School

McMillen Health is continually expanding its programs and funding sources. Receiving support from the LaGrange County Community Foundation, the Council for Drug-Free LaGrange County, the Cole Foundation, and the Dekko Foundation has enabled opportunities to meet the everchanging needs of LaGrange County students.

$126,836 in Community Impact Grants Awarded in 2019

LCCF presents members of the LaGrange County Trails, Inc. board with a $25,000 check at the site of the trail bed that is proposed for development in Topeka. From Left, LaGrange County Community Foundation Executive Director Octavia Yoder, LaGrange County Trails President Jeff Wingstrom, LaGrange County Trails Vice President Sherryl Rhinesmith and LaGrange County Trails Treasurer Beth Sherman.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded Community Impact Grants totaling $126,836 in 2019 to 18 projects and programs benefiting LaGrange County.

Through Community Impact Grants, the foundation aims to support nonprofit needs and provide innovative programs and services in LaGrange County.

LaGrange County Trails, Inc., of Topeka was among the 18 organizations who received funding. The Community Foundation awarded LaGrange County Trails $25,000 for The Hawpatch Trail, a proposed 17-mile trail that will stretch from Millersburg to Wolcottville, connecting three counties. The grant will support the early stages of developing the Hawpatch Trail in Topeka through legal fees, title research, surveying and appraisals.

Founded in 2019, LaGrange County Trails, Inc. is committed to creating hiking and biking trails for LaGrange County and to encourage safe, active, outdoor experiences.

The Town of LaGrange received $20,000 to support an inclusive park and splash pad in the heart of downtown LaGrange. The grant will support phase one of the new park, a splash pad accessible for all ages and abilities. The next phase will consist of an inclusive play area and a pavilion. Phase one will break ground spring of 2020. The Town of LaGrange Park Committee will fundraise to complete all phases. Located near the existing bathrooms this inclusive park and splash pad will serve all families of LaGrange County.

“I am so excited that the new town park is coming to fruition. We really want a space that provides play opportunities for all kids and is unique enough to bring in visitors from surrounding towns,” said Brittany Cowley, Town of LaGrange Park Committee Member.  

Each year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for charitable projects and programs that help local nonprofit organizations provide services to LaGrange County families and individuals. The Grants Advisory Committee reviewed the submitted grant applications and made recommendations to the Board of the Directors who approved the grant awards. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have supported the unrestricted and field of interest charitable funds at the Foundation. 

The 2019 Community Impact Grant awards include:

 In 2020, applications for Community Impact Grants will be accepted on April 1 and Sept. 3. To learn more, visit lccf.net/grants.

LaGrange County Park employees replace the boardwalk at Pine Knob County Park. LCCF grant will support the continuation of the boardwalk at Duff Lake Fen.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire and sustain generosity, leadership and service. Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation connects people to charitable causes and provides resources to nonprofits to make a lasting and sustainable impact.

PAT – Parents as Teachers

Early Childhood Alliance is building better futures in LaGrange County by partnering with parents, grandparents and local early intervention resources. The program is Parents as Teachers, PAT, and focuses on the individual strengths of each family to provide early learning experiences for their children. PAT supports parents as their child’s first and most influential teacher. PAT meets with families whose children are most at risk for school success.

This year Early Childhood Alliance was able to serve 10 families through the PAT program, servicing roughly 22 children. Families participating in PAT have children ranging in age from prenatal to age six. Families involved may have one or more barrier that may hinder the child’s readiness for school and ultimately school success. Some barriers may include, low income levels, low family education and English language learners.

The PAT program provides the opportunity to fill a gap in the community, providing support to parents through age 6, whereas other programs serve families up to age three.

Early Childhood Alliance is pleased to report that 80% of families indicated an increase in three or more of the nine critical areas of parenting skill and knowledge. Four children graduating the program will enter kindergarten, 100% have demonstrated they have the skills to be ready!

The PAT program was funded in part by a Community Impact Grant from the LaGrange County Community Foundation.

LIFE grant application deadline approaching

LIFE grant applications are due to the LaGrange County Community Foundation office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 31. The application form can be downloaded at www.lccf.net/life-grants.

The LIFE Philanthropy Program at LCCF was created to promote youth involvement and teach philanthropy to LaGrange County’s next generation of community leaders. LIFE oversees its own grantmaking fund and makes recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors.

LIFE grants are available to nonprofit youth organizations and nonprofits providing a youth program or service. Additionally, public and private schools are eligible to apply for funding. Grant amounts typically range from $500 to $2,000 per award.

Grant Workshop Planned February 20

The LaGrange County Community Foundation will be hosting a Grant Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4-5 p.m. at the Community Foundation.

The Foundation encourages those nonprofit or government organizations considering submitting an application in 2019 to attend.

Topics at the workshop will include an overview of the Community Impact Grant Program, the online application portal, eligibility requirements and the elements of an effective application.

The Foundation will be conducting two funding rounds in 2019. Community Impact Grant applications are due April 1 and September 3. The application process will open online on January 31, 2019.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation is seeking proposals for innovative or creative projects with significant impact on the community. Eligible areas of funding include: arts & culture, recreation, health & human services, education and environment.

Information about the Community Impact Grant program, as well as the application and eligibility criteria is available on the Foundation’s website at www.lccf.net/community-impact-grants.

An RSVP is required. Click here to register.

Community Impact Grants Awarded

In December, the LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded Rainbow Years Learning Ministry in Shipshewana a $20,000 grant. From left are Rainbow Years students Lucille Duzan and Hudson Hoover with Rainbow Years teachers Conner Duzan and Courtney Alber. Joining them are Rainbow Years Learning Ministry Director Portia Amstutz, and David Bennett, LaGrange County Community Foundation Interim Executive Director.

 

LAGRANGE – The LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded Community Impact Grants totaling $96,441 in 2018 to 16 nonprofit organizations serving residents in LaGrange County.

Through Community Impact Grants, the foundation aims to support nonprofit needs and provide innovative programs and services for local residents.

Rainbow Years Learning Ministry in Shipshewana was among the 16 organizations who received funding. The Community Foundation awarded Rainbow Years $20,000 for new playground equipment and curriculum materials.  

Rainbow Years will replace old playground equipment and provide new fencing, with age-appropriate activity structures for children. The total project cost of $61,000 has been financed through local fundraising and an additional grant from a private foundation. Additionally, the grant will support the curriculum program, which focuses on social and emotional learning and preparing children for kindergarten.

“Rainbow Years Learning Ministry is just so very excited about our plan to extend the classroom to the outdoors with our new playground.  It will be an amazing area for children to explore, run, jump, learn, inspire, create, imagine, enrich, and grow socially and emotionally,” said Portia Amstutz, the director of Rainbow Years.

 “We are also excited about sharing it with the broader community (when the daycare is not in session). We want all families to enjoy a safe and inviting play place even if they are not enrolled in our program,” Amstutz added.

Each year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for charitable projects and programs that help local nonprofit organizations provide services to LaGrange County families and individuals. The Grants Advisory Committee reviewed the submitted grant applications and made recommendations to the Board of the Directors who approved the grant awards. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have supported the unrestricted charitable funds at the Foundation. 

In 2018, the LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded $96,441 in Community Impact Awards. Those projects and programs include:

  • Reason 4 Hope, $2,000, Camp Hope
  • LaGrange County Council on Aging, $10,300, LaGrange Area Transit Van
  • LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, $2,420, Art and Drama Camps
  • The Farm Project, $25,000, Emergency Foster Care Home
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, $5,000, Meat processing fees for food pantries
  • Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana, $1,500, Campus Life program materials and equipment
  • LaGrange Church of God, $2,200, Night to Shine
  • Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption, $1,500, Pet ID machine
  • Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, $2,000, Operational support for LaGrange County families
  • Compassion Pregnancy Center, $10,621, LaGrange Office Remodel Project
  • Kate’s Kart, $2,500, LaGrange County Book Distribution
  • Phillip’s House, Inc. $1,500, Board training and consulting
  • Elijah Haven, $3,900, Batterers Intervention Program
  • Community Harvest Food Bank, $5,000, LaGrange County Farm Wagon
  • Impact2818 at Camp Lakewood, $1,000, AED safety equipment

In 2019, proposals for Community Impact Grants will be accepted on April 1 and September 3. A grant training session will be held on Wednesday, February 20, from 4-5 p.m. at the Community Foundation. The session will provide information on the Community Impact Grant program and how local nonprofit organizations can apply for funding. RSVP is required. To learn more, visit www.lccf.net.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire and sustain generosity, leadership and service. Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation connects people to charitable causes and provides resources to nonprofits to make a lasting and sustainable impact.

We Give Thanks grant awarded to area food pantries

Scott Emergency Food Pantry coordinator Eunice Gagnon, left, and Scott United Methodist Church pastor Christopher White, received a $2,000 grant from the LaGrange County Community Foundation in February to support local food distribution for families in need.

Clothes and Food Basket, Scott Emergency Food Pantry receive assistance

Thanks to the generosity of many local donors, the LaGrange County Community Foundation  awarded two organizations a total of $10,936 in February as part of the foundation’s We Give Thanks matching program to support local food distribution.

Over the holidays in 2017, the LCCF Board of Directors offered to match local donations to the We Give Thanks campaign “dollar-for-dollar” up to a maximum match of $5,000. As in past campaigns, local donors, still deeply concerned about the welfare of families stepped up to the challenge.

Organizations who received grants this year include the Clothes and Food Basket in LaGrange for $8,936 and the Scott Emergency Food Pantry at the Scott United Methodist Church in Shipshewana for $2,000.

Open two days a week, the Clothes and Food Basket provides food, clothes and hygiene products to needy individuals in LaGrange County. They also operate the Christmas Bureau which provides assistance during the holidays. During the Clothes and Food Basket’s 2017 Christmas Bureau they served 369 clients and their families, assisting a total of 1,497 individuals. During that time they provided fresh fruit, towels, sheets, hats, gloves, undergarment, children’s toys for Christmas, and a ham or turkey.

The Scott Emergency Food Pantry provides additional assistance for county residents. The congregation operates the emergency food pantry to help the needs of those who have lost a job, been laid off, on sick leave, death of a spouse, etc. They offer non-perishable items and a voucher for milk, bread, eggs and a pound of hamburger. The pantry is open on Wednesday afternoons.