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The Clinton County Community Foundation has awarded $247,510 in competitive grants for the year.
"Clinton County has a variety of interests and projects to support," said Alan Dunn, chairman of the Clinton County Community Foundation Services 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 Clinton County now and in the future. We are grateful for our donors' foresight and generosity that ensures continued support for the community."
The following agencies and programs were awarded competitive grants:
$6,000 to Abilities Services will provide support for the "Green Space and Gardening" project for resident consumers. At the new home located at 1305 N. John St., resident consumers, family members and other local consumers will be able to enjoy outdoor activities including gardening, outdoor socializing, flower planting and maintenance. Grant money will be used to purchase and install sod, shrubbery, trees, flowers and a raised garden.
$2,500 to the Bridge (Kirklin Youth Center) provides seed money to establish an after-school program at the Kirklin Youth Center for teens grades 6-12. Grant money will be used for program start-up costs including printer equipment, marketing and class/activities costs. In addition to the after-school tutoring and homework assistance, classes and activities will include wood working, mechanics and cooking.
$45,000 to the City of Frankfort for the Frankfort Parks Department will provide matching support to rebuild the aviary at TPA Park Petting Zoo. Revitalization includes new support posts, netting and roof structure updates.
$18,750 to Clinton County Boys and Girls Club will provide matching support to retire the building debt. Reducing the building debt will allow the Club to enhance programming activities, add staff and improve the facilities to accommodate membership needs.
$8,000 to the Clinton County Economic Advancement Foundation provides funding to relocate the Jonson Fountain to the Old Stoney building.
$100,000 to the Clinton County Family YMCA in matching support will be used for the 2016 capital campaign to upgrade the pool and pool area, locker rooms, workout equipment, HVAC equipment, lighting, sidewalks and parking lot.
$8,000 to Clinton Prairie School Corporation will be used to purchase Education Google Expedition Kits. Google's new platform called Expeditions allows teachers to take their students on 3-D virtual reality field trips around the world.
$850 to the Friends of the Frankfort Library supports the March 4, 2017, "Women's Expo" celebrating women and women-owned businesses. The goal of the expo is to provide a venue for women entrepreneurs in Clinton County and surrounding areas to promote economic development as well as networking opportunities.
$4,000 to the Indiana Lions Trust Fund for the Colfax Lions Club will be used to help purchase a new mower that will be used to mow the grounds at the Colfax Lions Club Park.
$9,000 to Frankfort Baseball will be used to replace chain link fence around the Joe C. Doan field in TPA Park.
$20,410 to The Learning Network of Clinton County and the Clinton County 4-H Advisory Council will be used to purchase sheep gates as part of the enhancement of the Clinton County 4-H Sheep Program.
$15,000 to the On-Stage Foundation for Red Barn Theatre will be used to replace the roof, part of the siding and the lighting board inside the theatre.
$10,000 to the Town of Rossville will be used to replace and upgrade the basketball court at the Town Park. The project will improve the playing surface and lighting around the court.
The Clinton County Community Foundation was established in 1996. 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 Clinton County.
For information about the Community Foundation and its services to donors, call Greg Aaron at (800) 964-0508. The Web site (www.cfclinton.org) contains information about making gifts to endowment funds, scholarships, and grantmaking. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.