The Wells County Foundation Announces Grants from Third 2018 Cycle
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling $64,571 for the third and final grant cycle in 2018. A total of 12 grants were awarded as follows:
Alive and Well, Inc. - $6,065 – This grant will provide partial funding for “Alive and Well” abstinence programming which is presented to students attending the following Wells County schools: Bethlehem Lutheran, Bluffton Elementary School, Bluffton-Harrison Middle School, Bluffton High School, Norwell Middle School Norwell High School, Southern Wells Elementary School and Southern Wells Middle and High Schools. In addition to the abstinence programming, Alive and Well helps students in developing positive character traits, goal setting, wise decision making, conflict resolution, fostering healthy relationships, and builds self-esteem. Grant made from the Margaret Powers Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Community Action of Northeast Indiana (Brightpoint)- $2,500 – This grant will provide funding to serve uninsured and underinsured adults and children with applying for, enrolling in, utilizing and maintaining state and federally sponsored health coverage. While this is a new service to Wells County residents, Brightpoint anticipates serving 118 Wells County residents in 2019. The grant also provides for outreach activities throughout Wells County where health literacy materials will be distributed. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Creative Arts Council of Wells County – $4,146 This grant will provide funding for the purchase of a portable ballet mirrors for the Creative Arts Council School of Ballet. These mirrors will be utilized to create a third studio space in the Balentine Gallery at the Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre. This third space will facilitate the continued growth of the dance programs offered through the Creative Arts Council. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Creative Arts Council of Wells County - $1,550 - This grant will provide partial funding for organizational image and branding updates. Grant made from the Elizabeth Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Creative Arts Council of Wells - $2,500 – This grant will provide funding for the rights and royalties for the production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, performed at Norwell High School on December 7, 8 and 9. 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 Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Family Centered Services, Inc. - $15,000 – This grant will provide funding support for the Teen Court program. Teen Court provides a diversion program that holds juveniles accountable for their actions while reducing the caseload of local courts and probation officers. Teen Court also provides education, training and “hands-on” participation for youth volunteers which compliments their formal education and promotes respect for the rule of law. Teen Court has been successfully operating in Wells County for 20 years. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana - $7,000 – This grant will provide funding for the Finance Park program at Kingdom Academy, Bluffton and Norwell Middle schools during the 2018-19 school year, reaching approximately 310 eighth grade students. Based upon their defined life situation, each student develops a personal budget through this program. Then they make decisions about homes, cars, food, and recreation. They are required to adjust their choices to balance their budget and respond to unplanned expenses. The grant also provides funding for the JA BizTown for sixth grade students at Southern Wells Elementary School and Bluffton Middle School, reaching approximately 182 students. This program offers hands-on experiences while building workforce readiness skills. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Ossian Park and Recreation Department - $12,610 – This grant will provide funding for the Sandalwood Park playground equipment and renovation project. This public park is situated on the southwestern edge of Ossian within the Sandalwood South Subdivision. The proposed project will include removal and replacement of the non-compliant features currently in the park as well as purchasing shade sails which will provide UV protection over the slides. Grant made from the Margaret Powers Unrestricted Fund
Poneto Volunteer Fire Department - $3,200 – This grant will provide funding for the installation of new emergency lighting on truck 507. The truck is currently equipped with incandescent lighting which is ineffective for emergency response. The new lighting will be LED. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Wells County 4-H Association, Inc. - $2,500 – This grant will provide partial funding for the proposed master plan study of the Wells County 4-H grounds and structures. The most recent master plan conducted was in 2009-10. Many improvements/renovations have been completed on the grounds and a new plan will guide the Association in establishing future goals for improvements. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Wells County Master Gardeners - $2,500 – This grant will provide funding support for the Agland Community Garden. This project will be to build and maintain a community garden on the property of Agland Grain Company. The location for this community garden was selected as the southwest side of Bluffton is somewhat of a food desert with no easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Further, this area is listed as a low-income-low access area by the USDA. The Wells County Master Gardeners and the Purdue Extension Office will oversee and coordinate the garden’s activities. The harvested produce will be made available to anyone, with any remaining produce donated to the Wells County Food Bank or other community organizations for distribution. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Wells County Food & Clothing Bureau - $5,000 – This grant was made to assist the Food and Clothing Bureau in maximizing their annual dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity. Grant made from the 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 February 15.