Lawrence County Community Foundation Announce Grant Recipients Of 2020 Open Grant Cycle

(BEDFORD) – The Lawrence County Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded over $80,000 to 28 local agencies through the 2020 LCCF Open Grant Cycle. 

The foundation is governed by a volunteer board whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Lawrence County for this generation and generations to come.

The foundation accepts and manages individual and business contributions made to permanent endowments, some of which fund the annual grant cycle.

The 2020 grant cycle was funded by the David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, Sargent Family Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, German American Bancorp Fund, Earlyn & Alvera Burkhart Hill and Orlin & Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette Robison Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Bicentennial Fund, Patrick & Sharon Robbins Fund, Dollens Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Jim & Annette Seib Community Fund, Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund, Hoosier Hills Credit Union Community Fund, Brett Terry Community Fund, Bedford Federal Savings Bank Community Fund, JoEllen (Alhom) Lee Community Fund, Ferguson Community Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund, and the Paul & Patty Ford Community Fund. Additional funding was provided by the Lawrence County Community Foundation Education Fund, the Morris D. Norman Fund, and the M. Jeanette Norman Fund.

Grant checks totaling $50,422 were distributed Tuesday.

Proposals for COVID-19 related programs were pulled and funded as Emergency Relief Grants, enabling Bertha’s Mission, Salvation Army, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, and Hoosier Hills Food Bank to receive checks in early June.

These grants totaled $20,500.

An additional $9,133 was awarded as challenge grants to Ainsley’s Angels, Green Hill Cemetery, Lincoln Elementary Green Thumbs, and Purdue Extension-Lawrence County.

A challenge grant provides matching funds, helping organizations gain awareness and raise funds for their mission. Once the challenge amount is raised, the grant check is presented to the organization.

Ray Robison chaired the LCCF Grants Committee this year. “It is always amazing to see the number of quality organizations we receive grant applications from and the diverse group of people they serve.”

“We are honored to be able to help,” Robison added. “The Lawrence County Community Foundation Grants Committee works hard to spread the grants throughout the county so that we are able to benefit as many people as possible.”

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be proactive in creating and growing an enduring source of charitable assets and to identify and respond to the changing needs of Lawrence County. 

For more information contact Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215 or
Grant recipients and project names follow:

  • Between the Crowd On the Road Again
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County Programming Equipment
  • Christian Women’s Connection Helping Hands Project
  • City of Bedford BHA Transportation Assistance
  • Families Forever Upgrade FF!
  • First Christian Church Improving Access for Special Needs Campers
  • Friends of Spring Mill State Park Spring Mill Village – Accessible to All
  • Hoosier Hills PACT Don’t be a Bully – Dig Friendship
  • Hoosier Uplands Child Safety Project
  • Hope Resource Center CPR Classes
  • Indian Creek VFD Boots on the Ground
  • Knights of Columbus, Council 1166, SVDP Fun in the Sun
  • Lawrence Co. Cancer Patient Services SEAM – Supplying Equipment And Medicine
  • Lawrence Co. Community Corrections Pathways to Resilience and Success
  • Lawrence Co. Soil & Water Conservation District Lawrence County “KIC” Tool Share
  • Lawrence Co. Suicide Prevention Coalition Community Walk 2020
  • Marion Township Rural Fire Dept. Inc. Marion Township Fire Prevention 2020
  • Marshall Township VFD Foam Capability
  • Mitchell Church of Christ Foster Family Support Foster Family Christmas Party
  • Mitchell Community Schools Mitchell Backpack Blessings
  • Oolitic Volunteer Fire Dept. Safer Firefighter Program
  • Serenity Club of Bedford A Helping Hand
  • Shawswick Volunteer Fire Dept. Thermal Imaging Camera
  • St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Men’s Warming Shelter
  • White River Humane Society Save One Dog or Cat at a Time