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The Clinton County Community Foundation has awarded more than $164,000 in competitive grants in 2017.
“Donor generosity has allowed the Clinton County Community Foundation to support these worthwhile projects in Clinton County,” said Alan Dunn, chairman of the Clinton County Community Foundation Services Committee. “Through their contributions to 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 Clinton County and we thank them for their lasting charitable gifts.”
The following agencies and programs were awarded competitive grants:
$2,191 to the City of Frankfort for the Frankfort Police Department will provide support for the "Impaired Teen Driving" program. The Frankfort Police Department is creating a program to work with young students to reduce and deter the consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs. The project will target youth between the ages of 13 to 19 years in the Community Schools of Frankfort. Grant money will be used purchase a pedal cart "Drunk Buster Classic" package, including additional goggles and a DVD portraying a passenger paralyzed from a car crash with a driver who was under the influence. The device will also be available to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department for use in the county schools.
$18,000 to the Clinton Central School Corporation for the Clinton Central Summer Swim Club will be used to upgrade the Clinton Central Aquatic Center with the installation of six new starting blocks, foot chocks, grab rails, and a wireless starting system connected to a wireless scoreboard. The Aquatic Center serves the school district, including adults rehabbing from surgery, student groups learning to snorkel, life guard trainings, water therapy for children with arthritis, the summer swim program, and the junior and senior high school swim teams.
$24,840 to the Clinton County Commissioners for the Clinton County 4-H Fair will be used to purchase and install audio/video equipment inside the main meeting room of the Community Building.
Up to $20,000 to the Clinton County Family YMCA provides matching support for the reconstruction of the driveway portion of the parking lot.
$10,748 to the Clinton County Family YMCA will be used to provide training and certification for three of the YMCA's preschool teachers to move the YMCA's Learning Ladder Preschool to a Level 3 on the Paths to Quality, Indiana's statewide rating system for early care and education programs. The preschool would be able to provide 98 seats for students after getting a Level 3 Paths to Quality rating as a result of the state's expanded pre-K pilot program.
$29,000 to the Clinton County Foundation for Youth (Camp Cullom) will be used to replace the roof on the lodge. Camp Cullom hosts numerous community groups with nearly 25,000 visitors each year from Clinton and surrounding counties.
$1,100 to the Food Finders Food Bank provides partial funding for mobile food pantry distribution for one year.
$15,000 to Frankfort Main Street will be used to purchase a trailer to transport people to community events in downtown Frankfort and to build a permanent structure to shelter people waiting for transportation. The Polar Express could also be utilized for surrounding festivals in Kirklin, Rossville, Colfax, Michigantown and Mulberry.
$2,500 to Kirklin Public Library will be used to build and construct a treehouse in the children's department. The project aims to create an inviting, comfortable haven at the library to cultivate a habit of reading and lifelong learning for the preschool children.
$30,025 to the Paul Phillippe Resource Center provides 20 percent matching support for transit vehicles. Grant money awarded through the Indiana Department of Transportation along with the Community Foundation's 20 percent match will allow for the purchase of two medium transportation vehicles and one low-floor minivan that will be used to provide transportation for clients.
$7,500 to the Town of Michigantown will be used to repave the town’s basketball court.
$4,000 to the Town of Mulberry will be used to replace trees in the town’s park, including assorted hardwood and ornamental trees.
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.