2016 Competitive Unrestricted Grants
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Since the fall of 2005, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Brown County has partnered with Walmart in Columbus, Indiana to provide vouchers for school-age children of the families served at the food pantry with back-to-school shoes.
Over time, as their fund raising capacity expanded, we included back-to school supplies. For 2015, based on family and volunteer feedback, we expanded the voucher to allow for the selection of shoes, back-to-school supplies, and socks. It makes sense for the students to have new socks to go with their new shoes.
Knobstone Hiking Trail Association – The Knobstone Hiking Trail Association would like to acknowledge and commemorate the work of Jim Allen, who first conceived of building the Tecumseh Trail, fulfillment of the part of the extension of the 150-mile Knobstone Hiking Trail. This will be done with a bench in his honor. The BCCF Grants Committee felt that Suzanne Mittenthal should also be honored because of her countless volunteer hours devoted to the trail.
Keep Brown County Beautiful – Keep Brown County Beautiful has assumed the responsibility for the Picture Perfect Brown County Project. This project will increase awareness of the need to clean up Brown County roads from litter as well as helping to keep the litter picked up.
Mother’s Cupboard – Furnishing the new MC Kitchen with an essential piece of equipment that will enable us to pursue & further develop the food rescue program. It is still in the developmental stages at this point and it has been in process at a low level and is presently growing at a steady rate. The appropriate steamer equipment will enable us to refurbish rescued food items into moist edible food of better quality, allow us to prepare fresh vegetables without losing valuable nutrients thus providing healthier/better quality food for our clients. Ease of preparation and clean up will improve as well and that is a benefit to many volunteers who cook and/or work in the dish room.
Brown County Literacy – This grant is awarded for the purpose of “planning and running a limited pilot” of the second phase of Brown County Literacy Coalition’s Readiness Project. The first phase, Ready to Learn, focuses on children from birth to age three. This second phase, Ready to Read, emphasizes the cognitive and technical competencies needed by children ages 4& 5 in order to ensure successful transition into kindergarten.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides books for children from birth until their 5th birthday. A child will receive a book each month at no cost to them. This grant will support five months of books to Brown County children. That is approximately 2,500 books.
St. David’s Episcopal/Bean Blossom Farmer’s Market – For three years, the Bean Blossom Farmer’s Market has offered local musicians another venue to display their talents and increase their visibility. This grant will help secure musicians with a monetary stipend each market day and gain a bigger variety of musicians, thus increasing interest and attendance to the market.
BETA – Brown County Enrichment of Teens Association will be providing enrichment sessions to keep teens occupied, stimulated, and away from potentially dangerous temptations. All of the suggested activities/presentations are drug prevention for Brown County teens. This grant will provide rental of the Brown County Playhouse for 9 sessions.
Brown County Historical Society – The Brown County Historical Society is launching a new “Hands on History” Children’s program. We are seeking to foster a love of history, especially a love of local history in the youth who live in our community and those who visit with their families. This program will enable children to experience a variety of hands on activities in which Pioneer children may have participated. This will encompass disciplines of music, art, literature, gardening,, and cooking through activities, crafts, and childhood games of the past.
Hoosier Mountain Bike Association – Natural Surface trails provide economic benefits for the local community. Homes close to trails have increased property values. Outdoor recreation helps attract young professionals. With the quality of trails we are building in Brown County, the trails can also support recreation based tourism. Generating revenue from trail based recreation requires two key elements: (1) the trails must stand out against other trail systems across the country. (2) the local community must be engaged in promoting and providing the amenities riders are looking for when traveling.
Brown County Art Guild – Last year the Brown County Art Guild partnered with the BCCF and other funders to connect the Tuck Away building to the sewer and water lines. This year, the BC Art Guild will complete a public restroom that meets ADA standards. This grant will provide a Pergola in this functional, rudimentary space for Plein Air Painting, music concerts, dancing, and other performing arts.
Young Life – The mission of Young Life is to provide a space for Today’s adolescent youth to integrate faith in real life and give them the opportunity to be accepted and loved regardless of their background. The staff and volunteers seek to understand the world of kids. We offer them fun, adventure, direction for the future and hope-not to mention lasting friendships that could change their lives forever. Adolescents involved in Young Life are a part of a community that encourages academic success. Young Life promotes wellness by providing students with positive adult relationships.
Brown County Playhouse – This grant will support a two week musical theater camp offered to Brown County Children ages 6-12. Students will be taught music, drama, and dancing. At the conclusion of the camp the students will put on a performance to showcase their skills.
Peaceful Valley Heritage Society – Preserving the primitive art of Henry Cross, and illiterate farmer, who should be considered Brown County’s earliest artist, if not the first. The project is designed to be a rallying point for the residents of Brown County, hoping to foster pride and respect for the history here. It also encourages education for the residents on proper techniques of cemetery are for our graveyards from this early time period.
Brown County 4-H Council – This grant will be used to help enhance the growth of the Brown County 4-H Fairgrounds to make it a better and safer place for our clubs and our community, through the purchase of a new food booth building.
Salt Creek Preservation Group – This grant is an extension of our creek clean-up work that has been ongoing since 2009. The funds will be used to purchase a non motorized Jon boat to assist in our trash and debris removal efforts on Salt Creek.
Brown County Sheriff’s Reserve – This grant will help provide retention holsters and Portable Breathalyzer Testing units for the Volunteer Brown County Sheriff’s Reserve Officers.
Brown County Solid Waste Management District – The REM PERF 5 Perforator allows for condensing of aluminum cans and plastics. The advantage to this is two fold. First since the material is condensed down it takes up 60% less storage space in our processing area. Storage space that can be put to more productive use. This would enable us to put that space to more productive use. Secondly perforated cans and plastics can be loaded in higher weights into the baler making the loads heavier. This increases our operating capacity and revenues. WE can load the HE-60 baler with 50% denser material at twice the speed we are currently doing it now.
Centerstone of Indiana – Funding from the Brown County Community Foundation will help Centerstone build a Therapeutic Resource Library to better serve the children, families and adults in their care in our community. The library will consist of books, media equipment and Art and Play therapy supplies to provide a wealth of resources at the fingertips of therapists and as engagement tools for clients. Once established, Centerstone’s Therapeutic Resource Library will serve hundreds of children and their families in the years to come.
Brown County Habitat for Humanity – The “Brush with Kindness” initiative helps resident homeowners who can’t afford or aren’t physically able to complete needed repairs. As an example so far this year, two hot water heaters have been installed as well as a wheelchair ramp for an elderly resident.
Nashville Police Department – National Night Out is a community policing event that is nationwide. Over 38 million neighbors celebrate in more than 16,000 communities for all fifty states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. It is a great opportunity to bring Police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Fruitdale, Jackson, Van Buren Volunteer Fire Departments – The community’s safety, as well as the fire fighters and medics safety all hinges on our ability to communicate with one another. Three of the counties Fire Departments are in need of new communication hand held radios as well as radios for their emergency vehicles. The community will benefit in an emergency by the VFD’s ability to be efficient with proper communication.
Fire Departments in Brown County – Each of the 6 fire departments in Brown County were granted $1000 each to be used for operations, uniforms, equipment, etc.