By Kallie Sulanke—
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $ 75,118 to seven nonprofits during the last round of quarterly competitive grants of 2021.
The goal of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. Quarterly Competitive Grants fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community advantage in one of the following areas of focus: arts and culture, social services, economic development, education, and community improvement.
The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. is a state-funded philanthropic institution governed by a volunteer council of local citizens. The Foundation manages contributions made by individuals, businesses and corporations as a permanent community endowment. Grants to non-profit organizations from these funds benefit the community. Over $ 57 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of residents of Muncie County and Delaware.
Action for animals received $ 3,750 (from the Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund and the Bassett Family Fund) for the Trap / Spay / Return program, which uses trained volunteers to trap stray cats to undergo spay / neuter and rabies vaccines.
Delaware County Association of Fire Chiefs received $ 4,692 (from the Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund, Louisa and Waldo Beebe Fund, and Gordon and Pam Cox Fund) to provide communications capabilities to Delaware County Fire and EMS departments that support emergency dispatch services between services.
American Red Cross received $ 5,000 (from the Community Foundation Unlimited Fund, the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, and the Faye Wingate Fund) for the Home Fire Relief program which helps Delaware County residents access the resources they need after a fire.
Delaware County Christian Ministries received $ 7,500 (from the Community Foundation Unlimited Fund, Stefan and Joan Anderson Fund, and Linda and Connie Gregory Fund) to provide rent and utility assistance so families face eviction or disconnection of utilities in their homes.
Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District received $ 10,000 (from the Community Foundation’s Unlimited Fund) to match funds provided by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to address environmental issues in the White River watershed.
ecoREHAB in Muncie received $ 25,000 (from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted fund, the Jeff and Beth Lang fund, the Jim and Mary Rosema fund, and the named Charles and Claudia Sursa unrestricted endowment fund) to support the second cohort of the STEP program: Skilled Trades Education, which offers technical training and soft skills in the construction industry.
Second Harvest Food Bank in East Central Indiana received $ 19,176 (from the Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund) to provide food and resources to local veterans and serving military families and to support the Neighborhood Van Distribution Program.