The Wells County Foundation Announces Grants from Second 2018 Cycle
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling $73,947 for the second of three grant cycles in 2018. A total of 9 grants were awarded as follows:
Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department- $5,527 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of an expression swing to be installed at Washington Park. Expression swings provide opportunities for adults and children to interact with one another in meaningful, social play. Rather than standing behind a child and pushing him or her, the expression swing pairs a bucket seat for children with a comfortable adult swing seat that allows the parent and child to interact with one another during play. Grant made from the Margaret Powers Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department - $3,270 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of a splash pad bollard activator for the splash pad at Pickett’s Run. The Foundation gifted the splash pad to the Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department in 2007, in celebration of the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. The splash pad continues to be a source of enjoyment for thousands of visitors each summer. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA - $2,000 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational materials for the preschool-aged children served in the Early Learning Center. The Early Learning Center serves 30-40 children ages 2 ½ through 5 years. Leaders hope through participation in these activities, the children will develop a better understanding of STEM, learn new techniques of exploration so they might develop an interest in these fields that will increase as they grow. Grant made from the Elizabeth Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Community Harvest Food Bank - $5,000 – This grant will provide funding for the Wells County Farm Wagon program. The Farm Wagon mobile pantry program provides a source of fresh produce, dairy and sandwich bread to families in need in Wells County. On average, 30 pounds of food are provided to each household. The Farm Wagon makes weekly visits to Wells County, alternating between the Bluffton Church of God and Roush Park. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
First United Methodist Church - $10,000 – This grant will provide funding support for the First We Care Program. This grant will provide funding for the First We Care program. First We Care provides financial assistance for Wells County families who cannot meet the back to school needs of their children. Referrals to this program come through the school personnel. The program provides for such things as clothing, shoes, coats, glasses, field trip expenses, etc. This program served 295 Wells County children during the 2016-17 academic year. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House - $5,000 – This grant will provide funding to offset the expenses of Wells County residents who utilize the services of Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House while their children are hospitalized in any Fort Wayne hospital. The Hope House provides shelter, meals and other services to the families it serves. In 2017, 61 Wells County residents utilized the Hope House for a total of 229 overnight stays. Grant made from the Unrestricted Fund
Town of Uniondale - $22,150 – This grant will provide funding for a the construction of a town park. The proposed park will be located by the basketball courts on Railroad Street behind the Uniondale Town Hall. Currently, the only park in Uniondale is the Veteran’s Park. The proposed town park will include a play set, two fitness stations and benches.. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund
Town of Vera Cruz - $10,000 – This grant will provide funding for the upgrades and the addition of several inclusive pieces of equipment for the Vera Cruz Town Park. All of the labor for these upgrades will be provided by town volunteers. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund and the G. Robert and Emma Studabaker Endowment Fund for the Physically/Mentally Handicapped.
Wells Community Boys and Girls Club - $11,000 – This grant will provide funding support for the “Innovative Minds” programming. This program will utilize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities. Innovative Minds will empower children and youth to create solutions via project-based activities in eight thematic unites: energy, engineering design, aeronautics, robotics, coding, computing, food chemistry and astronautics. Grant made from the Elizabeth V. Patton 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 October 15.