Community Foundation of Howard County Awards Grants

Non-profit organizations awarded $244,120 in 2019

KOKOMO, Ind. -- The Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded $120,320 in competitive grants during the second half of 2019. Combined with the first half total of $123,800, this brings the total of competitive grants awarded to $244,120 for the year.

“These grants are made from our unrestricted community endowment funds,” said Joe Dunbar, chairman of the Community Foundation of Howard County Grants Committee. “For a limited time, we are in a match period that will increase our grantmaking capabilities by building our endowment assets.  For every $1 given to our community endowment unrestricted funds, Lilly Endowment Inc. will provide a $2 match. What a great opportunity to have your giving increased and support the services and programs provided by nonprofits that are so important to our community.”

The following nonprofit agencies and programs were awarded grants from community endowment unrestricted funds during the second half of 2019:

$15,000 to Carver Community Center will be used to purchase materials to support the “Carver Connect” mentoring program and the “Be the Difference” fashion program, as well as equip patrons and youth with technology resources.

$41,770 to Crossroads Community Church supports renovating a donated building that will house the new facility for the God's Garage ministry. This ministry provides repairs and routine maintenance with no labor costs, with clients paying for replacement parts. Clients are mostly identified as 'Alice' (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) local residents.  Repair and maintenance of their vehicles helps them to maintain employment.

$15,000 to F.D. Reese Christian Academy will be used to purchase computer equipment, and a school management and security system.

$7,500 to the Greentown Glass Museum provides support to complete the renovation of the facility with a security system update and entrance doors replacement.

$5,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will be used to pay the processing fees for animals whose meat will be donated to local nonprofit agencies.

$5,050 to the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) will be used to support the “Change the Conversation and Create New Cultural Perspective Initiative.” In partnership with Family Service Association, ICESA will offer five educational opportunities for high school students, local Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Kokomo students, law enforcement, advocates and community members on addressing and ending rape culture, equipping students with the skills to be effective bystanders and developing the trauma informed skills of professionals who work directly with sexual assault and human trafficking victims.

$5,000 to Kokomo Community Concerts provides support to sponsor the Presidio Brass concert. The primary mission of Presidio Brass is to promote music education and appreciation in young people. 

$15,000 to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library will be used to create a “More Than a Memory” program that is a multi-faceted health program to address the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s/dementia. 

$2,500 to the Kokomo Humane Society provides support to purchase computer equipment.

$7,500 to the Sagamore Council, Boy Scouts of America provides partial support for a membership recruitment event that will showcase the types of activities offered through scouting.

$1,000 to Samaritan Caregivers will be used to implement a “Safe at Home” community service project day for seniors. Volunteers will complete home projects that will make homes safer for senior residents.

The Community Foundation of Howard County Inc. was formed as a not-for-profit public charity in March 1991. The Foundation seeks to serve donors and make grants to benefit the citizens of Howard County.  For more information about the Community Foundation, contact Greg Aaron at (765) 454-7298 or The website contains information about making gifts to endowment funds, scholarships and grantmaking. 

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