Recent Competitive Grants

2017 Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded more than $190,300 for the year.

“Donor generosity has allowed the Community Foundation of Howard County to support these worthwhile projects in Howard County,” said Joe Dunbar, chairman of the Community Foundation of Howard County Grants Committee.  “Through their contributions to our community endowment unrestricted funds, donors have entrusted us to award grants to nonprofit organizations that will benefit the community now and in the future.  This foresight has established their legacy in Howard County and we thank them for their lasting charitable gifts.”

 $8,000 to the American Red Cross will be used to implement a home fire preparedness campaign in Howard County. The American Red Cross will collaborate with community partners and volunteers to place smoke alarms in homes, replace batteries, provide fire safety education, and help households develop an escape plan. 

$12,250 to Boy Scouts of America Sagamore Council will be used to renovate and remodel the Scout Shop at the Kokomo Service Center to create more space for a greater range of inventory. 

$12,500 to Coordinated Assistance Ministries supports plumbing repairs for Serena House.  This includes $7,500 in matching funds that will be used for the electrical upgrades for the home.  The facility provides supervised temporary housing assistance to young women in a family-style home setting. 

$15,000 to Carver Community Center provides partial funding for the "Youth STEAM Integration/70th Anniversary Promotional" project.  This includes a Community Recognition Banquet, and marketing materials and supplies for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities. The STEAM activities will be integrated into Carver's art and informal education programs, and in the inaugural summer youth camp.

$20,000 to Family Service Association will be used to purchase and install a camera and video security system for veterans, staff and volunteers at Jackson Street Commons. Adding security cameras to the second and third floor, as well as the perimeter of the building will better assist staff and service providers in providing safety to residents and the community.

$4,000 to Family Service Association supported the 2017 Prevent Child Abuse Annual Conference.  Grant money helped to cover the costs of the conference that provides education and inspiration to youth workers in Howard County who provide critical services to youth. 

$2,500 to Food Finders Food Bank provides funding for start-up costs for a Senior Grocery Program in Howard County. Funds will be used for food and outreach efforts for the new program that will serve low-income seniors.  The program will provide food resources that are nutritious, easy-to-prepare and shelf stable. 

$10,000 to Gilead House provides partial support for the "Recovery Support Services" project.  The program provides in-house mental health and addiction counseling/treatment, as well as housing for up to 20 women.  Grant money will also be used for Team training.

$25,000 to the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance for the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association will be used to create four themed public art attractions in alleys in downtown Kokomo. These include Artist Alley, Garden Alley, Geek Alley and Depot Park Alley.  Grant money will be used to design and construct the alleys for the art venues. The project will allow art-based gathering spaces for residents and visitors to experience many facets of art in the areas of performance art, musical concerts, fine art, audio art, visual art and industrial art. The project provides for numerous planned partnerships and learning opportunities for all ages, including at-risk youth.

$8,525 to the Howard County Automotive Heritage Hall of Fame will be used to purchase a historic marker to be located by the Elwood Haynes Statue at the Seiberling Mansion and one located on the Walk of Excellence behind the field of the Kokomo Municipal Stadium. The markers will share the story about the Apperson Brothers Jackrabbit automobile, as well as the story of Kokomo's industrial wizard Elwood Haynes.

$3,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation provides support for the "Doing the Dream 2018" program.  The purpose of this annual event is to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity.  This year's presenter, Peggy Trotter Preacely, has had a distinguished career as a historian, nonviolence advocate, civil activist and storyteller.  Ms. Preacely will speak at four events in Howard and Cass counties.  She will share her historical perspective with juniors and seniors at Kokomo High School, as well as present to Ivy Tech and other area high school students.

$5,450 to Kokomo Community Concerts provides funding to offset costs for the Derik Nelson Family Concert, a unique group of siblings that delivers a concert experience featuring pristine sound, a state-of-the-art light show and an integrated video display. 

$3,000 to the Kokomo Humane Society supports the implementation of a mobile adoption unit that will enable the Humane Society to complete offsite adoptions. Equipment purchased includes a computer, printer and furniture. Expanding the adoption program will give the Humane Society a stronger presence in the community and could increase the number of pets adopted.

$2,750 to the Kokomo Housing Authority will cover the cost of financial counseling and HUD certified homeownership counseling certification for ten families.  The program provides families with access to resources that improve lives through an incentive-based approach that includes self-accountability measures. The five-year program allows families to save a portion of their rent through a federally approved escrow account where the balance is available to them upon successful completion of the program.

$3,800 to the Kokomo Park Band supports the 2017 summer concert season. Grant money will be used for artistic personnel, guest conductor fees, marketing and musical arrangements.

$15,000 to the Kokomo Rescue Mission will be used to help fund the purchase and installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the newly acquired shelter home for single women who need emergency and short-term shelter. 

$7,495 to Kokomo School Corporation will purchase instrument-based vision screening equipment for the Head Start Program. The device uses automated technology and can evaluate the structure of the eye that can affect a student's ability to learn. 

$5,000 to the Kokomo Symphonic Society provided support for the Cartoon Madness concert.  Costs covered included conductor fees, musicians, music rental, license fees, projection fees, venue rental and marketing expenses.

$2,500 to Mental Health of America of Indiana will be used to cover expenses for Mental Health First Aid Training to assist public safety officers and first responders encountering community members who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The curriculum focuses on de-stigmatization of mental disorders to better understand the effects of mental illness and advocates for individuals to initiate recovery. 

$2,500 to the National Inventors Hall of Fame will provide support for the Camp Intervention STEM Program at Western Intermediate School and Boulevard STEM Elementary School.  Grant funds will provide scholarships for up to 20 underserved Howard County children to attend a weeklong summer enrichment program.

$5,000 to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana provides support for lodging for Howard County families so they can be near their hospitalized child. 

$5,000 to the Russiaville Historical Society will be used to cover part of the materials and installation of a new heating and air conditioning system at the Interurban Station that is being restored as a museum and resource center to house artifacts and information from the western Howard County area. 

$2,044 to Samaritan Caregivers will provide support for the "Help & Hope for Needy Seniors" project.  Grant money will be used to create a video featuring the success stories of the past 20 years and marketing materials to create awareness and encourage people to volunteer.

$10,000 to Servants at Work will be used to build 10 ADA specific wooden wheelchair ramps in Howard County. All work is completed by volunteers from Howard County SAWs groups, Howard County Outreach and the Crossing School.   



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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