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Community Foundation Awards over $100,000 to Fulton County Organizations and Programs

Jay Albright has an assistant help him pick names during the grant award drawing.
Presentation of awards during the 2015 Impact Celebration at the Akron Community Center.

October 29, 2015 - The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) celebrated with donors and charitable organizations at a Community Impact Celebration held Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Akron Community Center.

Brian Johnson, Director of Development for the FCCF, along with Jeff Finke, FCCF Board President, Evan Gottschalk grant chair, and Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation presented ten charitable organizations with over $100,000 in grants to benefit all of Fulton County.

The Fulton County Literacy Coalition was given a $5,000 Sustainability Award. This competitive grant is given to a Fulton County nonprofit demonstrating leadership, management, programming, and a desire to encourage donations to their own permanent endowment fund.

Akron Youth League was awarded a $43,000 Impact Grant to complete upgrades to their baseball and softball fields. This will improve the restrooms, gutters, infield fence, electrical work, concessions, equipment, announcement system, parking lot, and out building updates. They also received a Sustainability Award in the amount of $5,000.

  • Community Support Grants were awarded to various organizations that provide services throughout the county. Those grants are as follows:
  • Fulton County Equestrian Center was given $7,000 for a new water system.
  • Fulton County Pack a Backpack can purchase school supplies and backpacks for the 2016/2017 school year with their grant of $5,000.
  • The Fulton County Public Library’s Christmas Inmate Outreach Program will help maintain relationships with children of incarcerated parents. They received $2,000.
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry was awarded $2,500 to offset deer processing fees to provide meat for local hunger relief agencies.
  • Kewanna H.E.A.R.T.’s 2016 Fall Festival was granted $7,500.
  • Technology upgrades for the Kewanna-Union Township Library were awarded in the amount of $8,834.
  • The Salvation Army’s Emergency Assistance Program was granted $2,500.
  • The James F. Talbott VFW Post #1121 kitchen renovation project will purchase ceiling tiles, flooring, new appliances and cabinets with their grant of $6,000.
  • Akron Church of God’s Wee Care Ministries will also make technology upgrades with their award of $5,000.
  • Preschool scholarships were supported with a grant of $5,000.
2015 Grantees. Back row: Gordon Bohs, Fulton County Literacy Coalition; Chris Sailors, Christmas Inmate Outreach; Diana Wildermuth, We Care Children’s Ministries; Maj. Gerald Smelser, Salvation Army; Tom Mate, Kewanna H.E.A.R.T.; Bruce Baker, James F. Talbott VFW Post #1121; Charles Rude, Kewanna-Union Township Library. Front row: Lisa Fear, Akron Youth League; Chloeann Choate, Christmas Inmate Outreach; Kay Heater, Fulton County Equestrian Center; Jackie Johnson, Fulton County Pack a Backpack.

The evening featured several projects from regions, and towns around Fulton County that have benefited from FCCF grants since 1996. Attendees were also given the opportunity to be included in a free drawing to make a grant to their favorite charity in the amount of $250. Those individuals and the organizations they chose to support:

  • Lisa Fear – Wee Care Ministries.
  • Andrea Steinbeck – Fulton County Animal and Adoption Center.
  • Kelly Wolf – Mathew’s Market.
  • Rob Greer - Fulton County Equestrian Center.
  • Troy Beehler - Fulton County Animal and Adoption Center.
  • Charles Rude - James F. Talbott VFW Post #1121.

Welcome to the Fulton County Community Foundation
Fulton County is a wonderful agricultural community. Its population is one of hardworking people who are eager to make their community the best in the state. 

Since 1993, Fulton County Community Foundation has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of this great community. The Community Foundation gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. We work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Fulton County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Fulton County donations can do more—right here in Fulton County.

So far, Fulton County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 10 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $12.8 million in assets and administers over 160 funds.