Community Foundation Awards over $142,000 to Fulton County
The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) celebrated with donors and charitable organizations at a fund founder celebration and grant reception held Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Akron Community Center in Akron.
Brian Johnson, Director of Development for the FCCF, along with Evan Gottschalk, FCCF Board President and Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation presented sixteen charitable organizations with over $142,000 in grants to benefit all of Fulton County.
Recreational projects received the largest portion of the annual grants. Akron Youth League was awarded $33,000 to make upgrades to their baseball and softball fields. This includes batting cages, new dugouts and bleachers renovations. The Nickel Plate Trail received a grant of $50,000 to continue the trail head and visitor center project which includes relocating the 1892 Erie Rail passenger depot to the southwest corner of the intersection of the Nickel Plate Railroad line and East 9th Street in Rochester. The first phase of the Nickel Plate move is projected to begin in 2015. This is continuation of a $50,000 grant allocated in 2013.
Other recreational projects that received funding were: Rochester Girls Softball League - $10,000 for pavilions for the ball field; Woodlawn Foundation - $6,000 to provide safety lights for their walking trail; and Kewanna H.E.A.R.T. received $5,000 for the 2015 Fall Festival.
Education was awarded funding through the Preschool Scholarship Program - $5,000; Jr. Achievement’s Finance Park program $1,000 and $400 for Grant Station a grant research program for the Fulton County Public Library.
Community Development saw grants of $6,600 for the Fulton Community Center for security cameras; Friends of the Fulton County Library $500 for new signs for The Arboretum. The arts were also recognized with an award of $500 for the Fulton County Choral Club to purchase music. Those in need in Fulton County will be assisted with grants of $8,000 to the United Ministries Outreach Program and $1,500 to the Salvation Army.
New for 2014 was the creation of a Sustainability Award. The Akron Area Arts League,
The evening concluded with Evan Gottschalk speaking about the GIFT VI match incentive offered to the Community Foundation through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Now through March 2016, all gifts made to Community Unrestricted Funds will be matched $1 for $1 up to $500,000. Grants awarded during the evening program were derived from Community Unrestricted Dollars, and when the match is achieved, it will lead to an additional $40,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars.
Community Support Grantees.
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