The Wells County Foundation Announces Grants from Third 2017 Cycle
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling $41,357 for the third and final grant cycle of 2017. A total of 9 grants were awarded as follows:
Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department - $3,500 – This grant will provide funding for the installation of safety bike railing at Roush Park. A one-half mile loop trail was installed at Roush Park this past summer. The installation of the railing will safeguard the trail from motorists inadvertently traveling onto the trail from the adjoining roadway. Grant made from the Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Creative Arts Council of Wells County, Inc. - $1,685 – This grant will provide funding for the rights and royalties Honk! Jr.: Honk! Jr. will be performed at Bluffton High School on June 23 and June 24, 2018. 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 Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Family Centered Services, Inc. - $6,500 – This grant will provide major funding for the 2017 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 Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Family LifeCare- $500 – This grant will provide funding support for the purchase of supplies needed by Family LifeCare to care for their Wells County community residents during emergency situations. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Grace Baptist Church - $3,360 - This grant will provide funding for the purchase of materials used in the Reformers Unanimous program. Reformers Unanimous is a Christ based addiction recovery program that helps individuals overcome the addictions of drugs, alcohol, eating, gambling, smoking, pornography, anxiety and codependency. The curriculum explains valuable principles, provides necessary tools, motivation and support for conquering addiction and maintaining sobriety. The group meets each Friday evening at Grace Baptist Church in Bluffton. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Helping Hands Pregnancy Resource Center - $1,080 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of car seats that clients of the Center may earn through active participation in the #LifeTogether program. The #LifeTogether program gives parents the opportunity to earn the things they need for a baby by learning how to set and achieve goals that will have lasting impacts on themselves and their children. Grant made from the Elizabeth V. 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 2017-18 school year, reaching approximately 345 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 Charles F. and Hildreth L. Hissem Endowment Fund.
Wells County Child Protection Team - $8,232 – 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 2,218 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 Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Wells County Historical Society - $10,000- This grant will provide funding support for the construction of an annex storage building on the site of the Wells County Historical Museum. 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 February 15.