MCCF Has Granted $21,200 So Far in 2016
So far in 2016, the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) has awarded $21,200 to five charitable organizations to improve the quality of life in Miami County.
The Miami Nation of Indians in Indiana strives to preserve and share the history and culture of the Miami Tribe. For the next four years (2016-2019), the Tribe will receive a total of $20,000 for renovations to their Tribal Complex, specifically for classroom and exhibit upgrades.
The Tribe resides in the former Peru High School. The organization has, for decades, provided an emergency shelter to the community, a food bank, and rooms for county organizations to utilize. They work to share their rich history, customs, and heritage, which are integral to Indiana history.
Maconaquah School Corporation is the recipient of $10,000 for its Maconaquah Cattle Company project. The program will allow classes of students from the Middle School to participate in the purchasing, raising, and breeding of beef cattle on the school’s campus, and the beef will be processed for consumption in the Maconaquah school cafeterias.
Students will be provided with an authentic learning opportunity as they raise and study the cattle and learn about the engineering process behind building the pole barn in which the cattle will live. Students will also study the biology of cattle and the business aspect of agriculture. The mission of Maconaquah School Corporation is, “inspiring and empowering our students to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” which they believe is reflected in this unique project.
Education will also be supported with $2,700 for Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru site. Ivy Tech will create a more inviting appearance and community-friendly environment by adding landscaping along the north side of the campus. Plans include removal of an overgrown pine tree, removal of several tree stumps, and planting of arborvitae, shrubs, flowering trees, and mulched flower beds.
The Circus City Festival spruced up the outside of its building at 154 N. Broadway with the $2,500 it was awarded. The organization painted the front and back of the main building. Thanks to the ongoing grant cycle at the MCCF, the project was able to be funded and completed before the Festival’s July extravaganza. The Circus City Festival and the Peru Amateur Circus has been servicing the community for 57 years.
The Ole Olsen Children’s Theatre performed William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” as a part of CTW’s “Shake it Up with Shakespeare” program. With the help of $1,000 from the MCCF, the group took a new twist on the Bard’s classic comedy. With a backdrop of the western plains, the play was reimagined to reflect a cowboy sensibility with music from Cole Porter’s “Kiss me, Kate” rearrange for the show by Aaaron Birnell. Performances were free to the public and performed at Peru’s Ivy Tech Campus.
The MCCF is excited to see the impact that these grant dollars will have on the communities of Miami County through these worthy organizations.
In an effort to make grant dollars more accessible to community projects, the MCCF has decided to remove deadlines from many of their applications. By removing application deadlines, MCCF grant dollars have been more accessible to community programs and projects throughout the year.
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Miami 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 Miami County donations can do more—right here in Miami County.
So far, Miami County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 5.2 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.6 million in assets and administers over 140 funds.
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