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The Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded more than $251,900 in competitive grants in 2016.
"Howard County has a variety of interests and projects to support," said Joe Dunbar, chairman of the Community Foundation of Howard County Grants Committee. "These grants are awarded from our community endowment unrestricted funds that donors have contributed to with the intent to support needs that benefit the citizens of Howard County now and in the future. We are grateful for our donors' foresight and generosity that ensure continued support for the community."
The following agencies and programs were awarded grants:
$25,000 awarded to Howard County nonprofits through a series of $1,000 drawings in celebration of the Community Foundation of Howard County's 25th anniversary. The following nonprofits received $1,000 grants: Acacia Academy, Birthright, BLUSH, Bona Vista, City of Firsts Automotive Heritage Museum, F.D. Reese Academy, Family Service Association of Howard County, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Community, Howard County Historical Society, Howard County Veterans Memorial, Kokomo Family YMCA, Kokomo Humane Society, Kokomo Park Band, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Literacy Coalition, Mental Health Association, Project Access, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, Sagamore Council Boy Scouts, The Crossing, United Way of Howard County, Very Early Childhood Education Center and We Care.
$42,416 to Ball State University to fund research for kindergarten readiness as it pertains to preschool need, quality and availability.
$25,000 to Bona Vista Programs will be used to expand the Keys for Kids preschool program and open another preschool classroom. The grant will provide scholarships for children in need of high quality preschool programming and needed classroom supplies and materials for the new classroom.
$20,000 to Bridges Outreach will be used to help purchase a school bus and two 15-passenger vans. The bus and passenger vans are used to take Bridges' students to retreats, museums, community service projects and recreational reward trips throughout the year.
$500 to Down Syndrome of Indiana will provide partial support for parent packet's in Howard County that provide accurate, up-to-date information to help reduce stress felt by new parents when receiving a diagnosis of Down Syndrome
$10,000 to Family Service Association of Howard County will provide support for the "Strategic Planning and Rebranding" project. Grant money will be used to cover the costs of hiring a facilitator to help in the strategic planning session and update materials.
$1,400 to Gilead House will be used towards consulting services from Indiana Youth Institute that focuses on fund development and preparation of a three-year plan of action to build resources and enhance programs.
$1,372 to the Greentown Historical Society will be used to purchase computer equipment for a photo archival project. The project will allow patrons increased access and ensure long-term preservation of the digitized photo collection.
$1,500 to the Greentown Public Library supports bringing acclaimed author Philip Gulley to speak to an audience of Howard County residents in celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial. Gulley is known for his folksy and hope-filled stories of Indiana.
$50,000 the Howard County Historical Society provides matching support for the "Capital Campaign – Slate Roof Project" to replace the Seiberling Mansion's 125-year-old slate roof. Grant money will be used to match community dollars raised for the project.
$12,000 to the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network for capacity building through board development workshops for Howard County nonprofits to strengthen programs and help with sustainability.
$5,000 to IVY Tech Community College supports the 2017 "Doing the Dream" program featuring Iyanla Vanzant an inspirational speaker, lawyer, spiritual teacher, author, life coach and television personality. She will speak at a public banquet and address area high school students at the Kokomo Event Center.
$5,000 to the Kokomo Civic Theatre provides partial support for Cole Porter's musical masterpiece, "Kiss Me Kate" performance. To celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial, Kokomo Civic Theatre and Kokomo Symphony Orchestra will present Kiss Me Kate as a free performance at the Arts Pavilion in Foster Park on Aug. 26 and 27.
$5,000 to Kokomo Community Concerts will be used to offset costs associated with six concerts and two student outreach programs for the next season. The school outreach performances are attended by all of the Kokomo schools, grades 4-6, as well as participation from Eastern and Western School corporations, Acacia Academy and home-schooled students.
$4,000 to Kokomo High School for the TechnoKats Robotics Team provides funding for needed updates to the functionality of the New Year's Eve ball used in the evening's festivities in downtown Kokomo, including higher density graphics, improved reliability and a video display.
$5,000 to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library provides partial support for the "Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference" exhibit. As one of eight libraries selected nationally to host the museum-caliber exhibit, the programming component includes field trips for students, after-school and out-of-school events for children, teens, and families, and a science immersion event for girls.
$600 to the Kokomo Humane Society will provide partial support to help purchase computer equipment for the office.
$3,800 to the Kokomo Park Band will be used to off-set expenses that will provide top quality live music performances at no charge to residents of Kokomo, Howard County and many surrounding counties. Senior citizens as well as youth and families are served by the concert series throughout the season.
$5,000 to the Literacy Coalition of Kokomo-Howard County will be used to purchase books needed to begin the Reading Rabbits program. The program aims to increase literacy skills by putting books in the hands of parents/caregivers to help children develop reading skills needed for academic success prior to kindergarten. Skills include interest in books, vocabulary, alphabet knowledge, narrative skills, the ability to handle a book and follow words on a page, and phonic awareness.
$10,000 to Project Access Howard County will be used to provide hearing aids at a reduced cost for Project Access clients. Funds will also be used to cover shipping and ear molds for the clients served through the program.
$15,000 to Sagamore Council, Boy Scouts of America will be used to build capacity focusing on the retention of youth at the troop and pack levels.
$3,075 to the Town of Russiaville will be used to help purchase benches, a flagpole for the Community Center, hanging street banners and spring flowering bulb planting. The benches will be placed at locations easily accessible to bikers and walkers on the Around the Town Trail.
$1,250 to Western School Corporation supports the "2017 Howard County Music Festival-Commissioned Piece" program. Grant money will be used to cover part of the expenses for the two-day event hosted by a different school on a rotating basis. Composer Michael Sweeny is recognized internationally for his composition, which is particularly accessible to high school students. Three hundred students from the combined bands of Western, Northwestern, Eastern and Taylor will practice and perform the piece. The custom-written piece will be available to other groups when the piece is published.
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 Hilda Burns at (765) 454-7298. The Web site (www.cfhoward.org) contains information about making gifts to endowment funds, scholarships, and grantmaking. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.