The Wells County Foundation Grants from First 2019 Cycle
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling $53,616 for the first of three grant cycles in 2019. A total of 14 grants were awarded as follows:
American Legion Post 111 - $1,000 – This grant will provide funding to bring the “Remembering Our Fallen” touring photo display to Bluffton. The American Legion Post 111 celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. A celebration is being planned to commemorate this special anniversary. The event will include a car show, music, and the “Remembering Our Fallen” touring photo display. This display honors Indiana Military members who have died from wound suffered in a war zone since September 11, 2011. In addition to the events being planned, organizers hope that this event will provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about the history of the American Legion, its founding and purpose and to meet members of the local organization. Grant made from Edward J. and Henrietta R. Goetz Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department - $6,000 – This grant will provide funding support for the 2019 Kehoe Park Free Concert Series. The 2019 series will include eight free concerts, performed at the Rotary Stage at Kehoe Park. This year’s series will include three Friday evening concerts. Performers scheduled for this year’s series are Creedence Revived – Friday, June 8; Parrots of the Caribbean – Friday, July 12; 45 RPM – Sunday, July 21; Old Crown Brass Band – Sunday, July 28; Heartache Tonight – Friday, August 2; Cornfield Mafia – Sunday, August 4; and Little Big Band – Sunday, August 4. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana – $3,250 - This grant will provide funding support for client advocate and client services programming for residents of Wells County. In 2018, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana assisted 120 Wells County families who were touched by cancer. Financial assistance, durable medical equipment and health care supply items, nutritional drinks, wigs, hats and scarves were among the types of assistance received by Wells County residents through Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Grant made from the Ellen A. Gerbers Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA - $6,000 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) materials for the school-age Child Care and Early Learning programs. Approximately 105 children ages 6 weeks through grade five will engage in the use of the materials purchases for the STEM programming. Grant made from the Wabash Endowment Fund
Community Care of Wells County - $5,000 – This grant will provide funding to assist with the completion of unfinished areas of the Grace & Mercy Transitional Housing facility. Grace & Mercy is a transitional housing program specifically for women and children. Opening its doors in December, 2018, by the end of 2018, seven women and six children were residing in the facility. Women are asked to pay rent (no more than 30% of their net pay) while staying at the facility. They develop an exit strategy, achieving milestones along the way. The majority of women coming into the residential facility are needing to escape from abusive situations. The average time for a woman to complete the program is nine to twelve months. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund
CORE - $5,000 – This grant will provide funding for vocational training for Wells County young adults with disabilities in retail environment. Individuals accepted into the program will come through referrals from area public schools, organizations, homeschools and community partners. Once placed in an area business, individuals continue to be assessed with the assistance of the employer. Individuals participating in the program are not charged for the training service. Grant made from the G. Robert and Emma Studabaker Endowment Fund for the Physically/Mentally Handicapped
Creative Arts Council of Wells County - $1,585 - This grant will provide funding for the rights and royalties for the production of Mary Poppins, Jr., scheduled to be performed June 21 and 22 at Bluffton High School. Through productions such as these, the Wells Community Theatre provides a constructive outlet for community members to exercise their creativity and a supportive group for people young and old with which to identify. In addition, it provides a great source of entertainment for Wells County residents to enjoy. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Creative Arts Council of Wells County - $1,240 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of supplies (canvas pipe and drape) to enhance the theater, dance and music performances produced by the Creative Arts Council of Wells County. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Erin’s House - $3,000 - This grant will provide funding for grief support services for youth in Wells County. Currently, nine families (24 individuals) from Wells County attend bi-weekly peer support evening programs through Erin’s House. Additionally, a crisis team provides on-site services at schools and other youth-serving agencies when a death impacts Wells County. Grant made from the Charles F. and Hildreth L. Hissem Endowment Fund.
Family Centered Services, Inc. - $6,500 - This grant will provide major funding for the 2019 Youth As Resources program. Youth As Resources, governed by a board of youth and adults, provides grants to young people to design and carry out service projects that address specific community needs. Youth As Resources is an outlet for young people to be problem solvers, learning to become good citizens and giving back to their community. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Kate’s Kart - $2,000 - This grant will provide funding for the purchase of books utilized in the Kate’s Kart program at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. This program provides a free book to children who enter the Bluffton Regional Medical Center through the emergency room or admission to the hospital. Books distributed through this program provide a temporary diversion to children and their families during their visit to the emergency room or hospital stay. An average of 36 books are distributed on a monthly basis through this program at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Grant made from the Ellen A. Gerbers Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Wells County Department of Child Services - $5,041 - This grant will provide full funding for the “Be Seen Be Heard” program to be presented to elementary students in all three public schools in Wells County, reaching 2,200 students. This program creates a safe and engaging atmosphere where students can learn about the difference between safe and unsafe touching, what is sexual abuse, and empowers students to tell a trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable or safe. The programs are presented by Mr. Victor Pacini. Grant made from the Elizabeth Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Wells County Revitalization, Inc. - $5,000 – This grant will provide funding for “Bland to Brand – Wells County’s Tourism and Leisure Potential.” For this project, Ball State University faculty and graduate students will conduct a survey of existing facilities and activities within Wells County that could attract tourists and enhance the leisure opportunities. A deeper understanding and connect ion of existing assets will reveal the potential for the attraction of tourism for visitors from outside the county and improved quality of life for those already residing in Wells County. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Wells County Revitalization, Inc. - $3,000 - This grant will provide funding for the 2019 Robotics Camp. This camp, coordinated through the Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Wells County Economic Development, Southern Wells High School, Sweetwater Sound, IVY Tech Community College and several local manufacturers will combine the elements of manufacturing, design, art, music and entrepreneurship, introducing campers to how things are made in Wells County and how businesses develop their products. The camp will introduce students to a career path that would include technical skills and vocational training needed by local industries. Participants will have the opportunity to explore digital fabrication and 3D printing, robotics, CNC fabrication, computer aided design and public safety. Grant made from the Ellen A. Gerbers Unrestricted Endowment Fund
The Foundation considers grant proposals three times annually for those agencies seeking funding through the competitive grant process. Funding for these grants comes from the unrestricted funds which are administered by the Foundation. Donors with broad philanthropic interests find that an unrestricted fund in the community foundation is a simple and flexible way to accomplish their charitable objectives. Contributing to an established unrestricted fund, or creating a new unrestricted fund is an excellent way to provide resources for grantmaking and help make a positive difference for the ever-changing needs in Wells County.
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established in 1957 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership to improve Wells County forever. Grants proposals to be considered for the next cycle are due to the Foundation office by June 14.