10/18/12 The Grants Committee of the Marshall County Community Foundation awarded the second round of grants for the year 2012 during a news conference held October 11, 2012.

Grants Awarded from the General Endowment Fund:

The General Endowment Fund of the Marshall County Community Foundation exceeds $4 million, which enables the Foundation to award grants of $140,000.00 on an annual basis.  General Endowment Fund grant applications are due February 1st and August 1st each year.  Grants are awarded from this fund to support a variety of charitable causes including health and human services, youth, arts, education, and civic, scientific and environmental endeavors.

The following eleven organizations in Marshall County received a combined amount of $68,800 as part of the second round of grants for the year. Special attention was given to grants supporting education initiatives.

  1. Ancilla Domini Sisters, Inc./Moon Tree received $3,000 for support of an experimental workshop, The Inside Story, to improve communications skills for people in life transitions.
  2. Beyond the Boundaries received $3,000 for educator training to assist dyslexic students.
  3. Boy Scout Troop 329 received $2,520 to purchase a cargo trailer for camping gear.
  4. Cardinal Services, Inc receive $4,500 to purchase 9 iPads or similar devices to increase quality of supports & programs for people with intellectual disabilities living in group homes and semi-independent living.
  5. CASA of Marshall County received $2,000 in support of an educational program focused on child abuse and neglect prevention.
  6. Freedom Park received a grant in the amount of $6,195 as funds for an initial design and marketing materials for an all-inclusive playground, enabling people of all abilities the opportunity to play freely without restrictions.
  7. Jefferson Elementary School was granted $1,585 for support of an intensive after-school program to improve math and literacy skills.
  8. The Marshall County Historical Society will be able to purchase a Reader Printer to read microfilm for the research library thanks to a $5,000 grant.
  9. Plymouth Adult Basic Education received $1,000 for support of collaborative services with the Plymouth Library to provide tutors and literacy training for low level learners.
  10. Triton School Corporation was awarded a $25,000 grant for support of S.T.E.M. initiatives at the middle school level incorporating inquiry-based science instruction and Project Lead the Way.
  11. Veterans Therapeutic Art Center Inc. received $15,000 in support of programs meeting the therapeutic needs of veterans of military service and their families through arts, crafts, music and other activities.

  Grant committee members include Kurt Garner, Chair of Plymouth, Kay Finlay of Culver, Kevin Hickman of Bremen, Patti Kitch of Bourbon, Carolyn Kline of Culver, Louise Mason of Bourbon, Amy Middaugh of Bourbon, Michael Overmyer of Culver, Robert Pickell of Plymouth, Sarah Smith of Plymouth, and Don Thompson of Argos. Dean Byers of Plymouth, James Erwin of Plymouth and Susie Reinholt of Plymouth serve as advisors to the committee.

Grant Applications and additional information may be obtained by calling the Marshall County Community Foundation at 574-935-5159 or visiting their website at www.marshallcountycf.org

About the Marshall County Community Foundation
The Marshall County Community Foundation is a public charity with local roots that helps great ideas take flight through endowment philanthropy.  To learn how you can help Marshall County Community Foundation build its General Endowment Fund, please contact Jennifer Compton at 574-935-5159 or jcompton@marshallcountycf.org.