Awarded more than $400,000 in community grants

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County awarded $411,897 in community grants in recent days.

Community Grants provide nonprofits serving Muncie and Delaware County the opportunity to apply for funding to support their work, according to a news release.

“Grants are being awarded to meet the broad needs of Muncie and Delaware County in the areas of arts and culture, community improvement, economic development, education and social services,” the news release said.

Community grants are announced quarterly. The Community Foundation Board of Directors has approved 20 community grants totaling $411,897 in the second quarter of 2024.

The recipients included:

Beautification Commission of Albany, Inc. in partnership with Albany, American Legion Post 167 received $6,000 to support renovations including updates to the common area, electrical and lighting system, building facade, signage, and point of sale and inventory system. This grant was awarded by the Albany Fund in Memory of the Frazee Family, the Mike and Cathy Galliher Fund and the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund.

BY5 Early Childhood Initiative, Inc. received $40,000 to support the BY5 Professional Learning Institute. This grant was awarded from the Harry and Janet Kitselman Fund and the Mutual Legacy Fund.

East Central Indiana Regional Partnership, Inc. received $25,000 for activities related to investing in new businesses, attracting talent and investing in community development. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, the Economic Development Fund, the Mutual Legacy Fund and the Shafer/Muncie Power Products Legacy Fund.

ecoREHAB of Muncie received $40,000 to support the STEP/YouthBuild program. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, the Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, the Frances Lafferty Fund, the Jon and Barbara Moll Fund, the Maxon Foundation Fund and the Mutual Legacy Fund.

Gaston Lions Club received $6,215 to install benches at Thompson Cemetery. This grant was awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation and the Gaston Town Endowment Fund.

Innovation connector received $32,500 for updated IT hardware and software and to retrofit the front doors with ADA-compliant auto-entry doors. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, Bassett Family Fund and Mutual Legacy Fund.

Ivy Tech Foundation received $20,000 to expand the entrepreneurial program from a certificate program to an associate degree program. This grant is the first year of a three-year commitment totaling $60,000. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, the Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, and the Michael O. and Nicole T. Lunsford Fund.

Kesem at Ball State received $5,000 to support the costs of an overnight camp for Delaware County youth affected by a cancer diagnosis in their family. This grant was awarded from the Old National Bank Charitable Foundation Fund.

Food on wheels received $10,000 to support meal costs. This grant is the final year of a two-year commitment totaling $20,000. This grant was awarded by the Mutual Bank Charitable Foundation Fund, the Mary Kate Pingry Fund and the Jack and Thelma Peckinpaugh Fund.

Motivate Our Minds, Inc. received $25,000 to support academic and enrichment programming after school and in the summer. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, the Louisa and Waldo Beebe Unrestricted Endowment Fund, the Larry Dollison Fund, the John C. Kelly and Marcia Ressler Kelly Fund and the Harry and Janet Kitselman Fund.

Muncie Children’s Museum received $2,200 for the purchase and installation of diaper changing stations for children. This grant was awarded from the Harry and Janet Kitselman Fund.

Muncie Downtown Development Partnership received $25,000 to support operations and marketing costs. This grant was awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation and the Mutual Legacy Fund.

Muncie Fire Department received $4,982 to purchase and install a new interactive display at the training center. This grant was awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation.

Precious Hearts Development Center received $25,000 for a new 15-passenger van. This grant was awarded from the Harry and Janet Kitselman Fund.

Project Leadership, Inc. received $25,000 to cover the cost of operations. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, Patrick and Marilyn Cleary Fund, Leap Managed IT Fund, Old National Bank Fund and Daniel and Catharine Stewart Fund.

Muncie Recovery Cafe received $30,000 to cover the cost of operations. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, the Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, the Linda and Connie Gregory Fund, the Maxon Foundation Fund and the Mutual Legacy Fund.

Shafer Leadership Academy received $25,000 to cover the cost of operations. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, Bassett Family Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund and Mutual Legacy Fund.

TeenWorks, Inc. received $30,000 for the summer program, including wages for teen participants. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, the Beulah M. Frogge Fund, the Laura Stanley Keppler Fund, the Maxon Foundation Fund, the Morris Youth Fund, the Old National Bank Charitable Fund and the Youth as Resources Fund .

Urban Light Community Development Corp. received $35,000 to cover the costs of community and housing program needs. This grant was awarded by the Unrestricted Fund of the Community Foundation, Bassett Family Fund, John and Janice Fisher Quality of Place Endowment Fund, KAKATU Foundation/David and Joanna Meeks Fund, Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Fund and Mary Jane Sursa Fund.

For more information about community grants, contact the Community Foundation at 765-747-7181 or [email protected].