Recent Competitive Grants

2018 Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded more than $333,400 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.”

$4,750 to Advantage Housing provides support to purchase a used forklift for use at the warehouse.

$2,500 to Area V Agency on Aging and Community Services provides initial support for a Howard County Area Five Adult Guardianship VASIA Program. The program provides volunteer guardianship services to ill and at-risk adults. This includes health care decisions, social service planning, improving safety, well-being, and overall quality of life for seniors and incapacitated adults.

$1,000 to Aspire Indiana will provide partial support to the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance benefits counseling program. Trained coordinators assist persons with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits to determine the effect that employment earnings will have on their benefits and help to identify possible resources in the client's pursuit of employment.

$15,000 to Carver Community Center will be used to expand the First Lego League program for middle school youth, implement a volleyball program, photography equipment for middle and high school 4-H students, tablets to implement and expand technology coursework, and membership management tracking software.

$12,000 to City of Firsts Automotive Heritage Museum will be used to partially fund an interpretive museum master plan for the proposed home of the museum in the downtown Kokomo Convention Center. 

$10,000 to Family Service Association provides two-year funding support for the Systems of Care Program, a coordinated response to the opioid crisis that aims to address overall addiction and substance abuse in Howard County. Grant money will be used to help with start-up costs including operations, equipment, marketing, technology, and website creation and design.

$3,600 to Friends of Howard Haven will help purchase and install nine security cameras for the Howard Haven Residential Care Facility. 

$7,693 to Gilead House will be used to install security cameras in the front and back of the building, lobby, hallway, kitchen, pantry, gym, laundry area, meeting rooms and TV room. Safety improvements will also include a network video recorder, a paging intercom system and an access control time keeping system.

$6,000 to the Greentown Glass Museum will be used for new carpet, paint and labor to update the museum.

$2,250 to the Howard County Historical Society will be used to purchase digitizing equipment that will preserve the images and information contained in the archives and increase public accessibility.

$100,000 to Indiana University Kokomo provides a matching grant for the Student Activities and Event Center campaign. The center will serve a variety of functions, including academic programming, intra-murals, office space for coaching staff and a large reception area that will allow IUK to host lectures, concerts and job fairs.

$1,000 to Indiana University Kokomo supported a Humanities Summer Camp. Grant money supported the first year for tuition costs and supplies for 20 seventh and eighth grade students.  The goals are to help students become familiar with a college campus and allow them to develop critical thinking skills, articulate and defend ideas, and foster creativity. 

$100,000 to Ivy Tech Community College provides a matching grant for “The Time is Now” Kokomo Campus renovation campaign.

$3,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation provides partial support for the "Doing the Dream 2019" program. The 2019 program presenter is Kenneth Morris.  He is a descendent of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, and is president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) organization.  FDFI has been a leader in implementing human trafficking prevention education.

$5,000 to Kokomo Community Concerts will provide funding support for the "Nashville Legacy: Jason Coleman & Meagan Taylor" concert.

$2,308 to the Kokomo Humane Society will be used to purchase smart television screens to be used in the adoption lobby, the conference/education room and in the Cat Cafe at the new facility. The screens will provide information and training. 

$5,586 to Kokomo School Corporation will provide funding to purchase cots for Howard County children attending the Head Start Program. Students from the five Howard County schools will benefit from the new cots and support the children's physical and mental well-being.

$3,800 to the Kokomo Park Band provided funding for the 2018 Summer Concert Series.

$5,000 to the Kokomo Symphonic Society will provide support for the Brilliantly Broadway concert. Grant money will be used to help cover the costs of the concert, including conductor fees, musicians, music rental and license fees, projection fees, performance venue rental expense and marketing expenses.

$5,000 to Living Alternatives will be used to purchase signage, computers and cabinetry for Living Alternatives’ new facility.

$2,500 Mental Health America of Indiana was used to cover expenses for staff to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid training.  This training offers qualifications to instruct others to understand the warning signs of suicidal behavior, substance abuse and emotional instability that precede crisis intervention.

$2,500 to the National Inventors Hall of Fame supported the Camp Invention STEM Program in Western and Kokomo school districts.  The grant provided need-based scholarships for up to 20 Howard County children to attend the summer camp focused on developing creativity, inventive thinking and problem solving skills.

$10,000 to Project Access will be used to provide hearing aids at a reduced cost for Project Access clients. Funds will also be used for ear molds and fittings

$14,000 to Servants at Work will be used to build wheelchair ramps for 14 disabled people in Howard County who are living with both a financial and physical need. All work is completed by volunteers from Howard County.   

$1,500 to Taylor Community School Corporation will be used to start a mentoring program for third and fourth grade students. Taylor High School students will be trained as mentors. Taylor Middle School students will also be provided with communication, organizational and time management skills. 

$7,500 to the Town of Russiaville for the Russiaville Park and Tree Board will be used to add visual amenities to the town’s recreational trail. Grant money will be used to help purchase distance markers, tree identification tags and brackets, interpretive signage and artwork. 


About the Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc.

The Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable corporation created in 1991. The purpose of the Foundation is to serve the interests of donors, to make grants, and to act as a catalyst around issues of community importance in Howard County.

For information about the Community Foundation and its services to donors, call Greg Aaron at (765) 454-7298. The Web site ( contains information about making gifts to endowment funds, scholarships, and grantmaking. Our e-mail address is

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