Starke County Grant Committee

We are so pleased you have agreed to be a grant committee member with the Community Foundation. On this page you will find final reports for projects that have been supported in the last two years with grant dollars by direction of the committee. We hope to provide you with meeting information, applications, scoresheets, and committee basics. If you have additional questions, please contact Corinne Becknell Lucas via email at corinne@nicf.org, 574.223.2227 (Rochester office), 574.835.4101 (cell phone), 877.432.6423 (toll free)

2023 Grants Approved and Final Reports Submitted

Starke County Parks & Recreation – Bass Lake Beach Improvements. Get the Final Report $3,000
Joeys Cat-Kitten Rescue – Vet costs for rescued cats. Get the Final Report $2,000
JA Serving Starke County – JA Programs at SC Youth Club. Get the Final Report $4,600
North Judson Mint Festival – cord covers and the pedal pull. Get the Final Report $1,500
NJ-WT Public Library – Historical Document Restoration. Get the Final Report $1,000
City of Knox Park & Recreation Department – Hurricane Riding Blower. Due 5/31/2024 $11,500
NJWT Public Library – StoryWalk. Get the Final Report $3,150
Starke County Sheriff’s Reserves – Equipment for volunteer deputies. Due 5/31/2024 $6,000
Yellowstone Trail Fest – Youth Center. Get the Final Report $1,900
Starke County EMS – General Support. Get the Final Report $20,000
Koontz Lake Fire Department – County Burn Can Training Prop. Due 8/21/2024 $7,500
Servants At Work, Inc., – Wheelchair Ramp Building. Due 10/23/2024 $5,000
Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, Inc – Phoenix House Flooring. Get the Final Report
$6,450
Starke County Court Services – Juvenile Programming. Due 10/23/2024 $2,000
Community Services of Starke County – Radiothon. Due 10/23/2024 $5,000
Knox Society of St. Vincent de Paul –  General support. Final Report not needed. $2,450
North Judson Society of St. Vincent de Paul – General support. Final Report not needed. $2,450

2022 Grants Approved and Final Reports Submitted

Intrepid Phoenix, Inc – Gym membership support. Get the Final Report $4,000
North Judson Fire Dept – Locker room updates. Site Visit Final Report $3,725
JA Serving Starke County – JA Programs at SC Youth Club. Get the Final Report $3,000
HealthLinc – Vision machine. Get the Final Report $6,723
NJ Mint Festival – Committee Tables and umbrellas. Get the Final Report $3,200
NJWT Public Library – electronic tablets. Get the Final Report $2,500
SC Extension Homemakers – Books for Headstart students. Get the Final Report $700
San Pierre Vol Fire Dept. –  siren, pole and installation. Site Visit Final Report $12,235
Starke County EMS – Advanced training and equipment. Get the Final Report $6,747
Hope Restored Recovery Home – Seed money for opening facility. Get the Final Report $21,000
Hamlet Youth Baseball – New mower. Get the Final Report $10,000
Community Services of Starke County, Inc. ” Purchase of turkeys for the holidays.” Site Visit Final Report $2,000
Knox Society of St. Vincent de Paul  – Assistance for the poor. Final Report not needed.
$5,000
Food Bank of Northern Indiana – Thanksgiving distribution. Final Report not needed. $5,000
Community Services of Starke County – Radiothon. Final Report not needed. $5,000
Knox Society of St. Vincent de Paul –  General support. Final Report not needed. $1,000
North Judson Society of St. Vincent de Paul – General support. Final Report not needed. $1,000
Community Services of Starke County, Inc. – General support. Final Report not needed.
$1,000

Grant Committee Information

What is the NICF? Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving local people who share a common concern – improving the quality of life in their area. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations create permanent charitable funds and the foundation invests and administers those funds.

The Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF), is a comprised of Fulton, Miami and Starke County Community Foundations who share costs and pool funds into a single cost-effective foundation.

The NICF is directed by a volunteer board consisting of five members from each of the three counties which provides consistent effective management of the endowments. Each county has its own volunteer local board. The executive director and staff are paid positions.

The Role of a Committee Member. Committee members ensure that the original intent of the fund is followed. Members are stewards of the fund, its purpose, and updates us on concerns and issues that arise in the community. We encourage members to share the public’s questions and comments about the granting process and welcome input on community issues.

Grant Committee Information. The Foundation awards grants from Community Funds (unrestricted funds) and field of interest funds. Community funds place no restrictions on how they may be used, and depends on committee recommendations to meet the community’s most pressing needs. Funds such as the Starke United Fund, are comprised of a named committee that follows the charitable purpose set out in the fund. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, or projects that are charitable in nature.

How often do we meet and do I need to come to every meeting? Grant committees meet quarterly. Meetings typically last 1 hour depending on the number of applications received, and longer if a visit to a grantee is planned.

What if I am involved with an organization that is requesting a grant? Members complete a “Conflict of Interest” form. If you have a conflict you will refrain from participating in the discussions of that particular application and will not vote on that application. If you have a leadership position with an organization requesting funds, you need to inform the committee chair in advance of the meeting.

How many applications will I review and how do we make the selections? We have no deadlines on the majority of our applications. We typically meet on a quarterly basis, but could meet between those times to help an applicant this is under a time restraint. Below you will find the applications which are posted as they are received at the NICF office. Also posted are grant review sheets that will help you in evaluating the applications your review process.