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HCCF Grants Workshop Well-Attended
March 19, 2008 - Fifty-nine grant seekers representing over 60 non-profit and civic organizations in Henry County gathered in the board room of the Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) for the spring grants workshop on March 12. HCCF evaluates all aspects of community well-being – arts and culture, community development, economic development, education, environment, health and human services – and awards grants to select projects and programs.
The grants committee evaluates the needs of these organizations twice a year through the spring and fall grant cycle. Committee members conduct site visits to evaluate the scope of the project, the need, the positive impact on our community and its residents. Myers then presents their recommendations to the HCCF board of directors for final approval. The foundation also holds the organizations accountable by requiring each organization turn in a report form at the completion of their project enabling the Foundation and its donors to rest assured the grant funds were used properly and in accordance with the guidelines established upon approval of the grant.
Since 1985, the Henry County Community Foundation has been serving the residents of Henry County through community grants, scholarships and designated funds. Since 1997, the Foundation’s TASC (Teens About Serving our County) Youth Grants Committee, which consists of 25 students – five students from each of the five local high schools, has been evaluating youth grant requests four times during the school year. Community grant and TASC youth grant applications and guidelines are available on the new Foundation website at www.henrycountycf.org.
Community grants and TASC grants are made possible through donations to the unrestricted fund for Community Grants. These donations are permanently invested and the earned income based on the Foundation’s current pay-out policy is used to award community and TASC grants to deserving organizations. The Henry County Community Foundation appreciates the generosity of donors who have made gifts to the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants and urges continued support.
To improve grant-making and better meet the changing needs of Henry County, an increase in the assets of the Unrestricted Fund for Community Grants is needed. Tax exempt donations of any size can be sent to the Henry County Community Foundation at 700 S. Memorial Drive, New Castle, IN 47362. Convenient on-line donations via MasterCard and Visa are now being accepted at www.henrycountycf.org as well.
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