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Grant Opportunities for 2014

Community Foundation Awards over $27,800 to Starke County

Irene Szakonyi, Executive Director of the Starke County Youth Club with Jay Albright, Executive Director of the NICF.

The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) celebrated with donors and charitable organizations at a fund founder celebration and grant reception held Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Nancy Dembowski Community Center in Knox.

Sarah Origer, Director of Development for the SCCF, along with Jennifer Gappa, SCCF Board President, Jerry Gurrado, SCCF Vice-President and Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation presented eight charitable organizations with over $27,800 in grants to benefit all of Starke County.

Educational programming received the largest portion of the annual grants. The Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarship Program was awarded $5,000 to help needy four year old children attend one year of preschool, the Starke County Youth Club received $3,500 for their after school programming, The Crossing alternative school was also granted $2,500 for a job training program. The Knox Community Elementary School will use their grant of $500 for a swing set project for children with special needs.

The Crossing alternative educational center with David Altman.

Human services were supported with a $3,500 grant to Community Services of Starke County for their elderly service programs, Salvation Army accepted a grant of $1,500 for emergency assistance to Starke County citizens. Kids Closet Ministry will purchase new boots and coats for Starke County children with their award of $2,000 and the Coalition Against Domestic Abuse will use their grant of $1,500 for domestic violence awareness educational programming.

New for 2014 was the creation of a Sustainability Award. The Starke County Youth Club received an additional $5,000 endowment fund to benefit their organization for the future. The competitive award was given to a Starke County nonprofit who demonstrates leadership, management, programming, and a desire to encourage donations to their own permanent endowment fund.

The evening’s special presentation came from Jerry Gurrado, who spoke 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 $250,000. Grants awarded during the evening program were derived from Community Unrestricted Dollars, and when the match is achieved, it will lead to an additional $20,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars.