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Community Foundation of Whitley County awards $97,671 in grants during recent cycle

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The Community Foundation of Whitley County, Inc. has announced grant awards totaling $91,671, made possible thanks to the generosity of local donors who have chosen to utilize the Foundation for their charitable giving. Fourteen local organizations and projects will benefit from the funding.
Leading the list is a $25,000 grant to the Interfaith Mission. The organization continues to rebound after being hard hit by changes to state and federal funding requirements for homeless shelters. Thanks to exemplary, committed leadership and a renewed sense of community collaboration, the organization's application was viewed favorably. The Foundation also granted its final $25,000 installment from a $75,000 encumbered grant to the Fahl Aquatics Facility.

Other projects and organizations receiving grants from the Community Foundation of Whitley County, Inc. include:
- American Red Cross, $2,500 to provide services to Whitley County residents with the implementation of Home Fire Campaign; made possible in part by the Greg &Ann Fahl Fund and the Jerry Busche Family Fund.
- Cancer Services of Northeast IN, $5,000 to provide services for cancer patients in Whitley County; made possible in part by the Whitley County Cancer Care Fund and the Shirley Gates Fund.
- The Center for Whitley County Youth, $5,000 for matching funds from their annual Cook-Off; made possible in part by the Donna Harl Community Fund and the Gary & Ann Dillon Community Fund.
- Columbia City High School Fine Arts Department, $750 to purchase new microphone system for theater productions; made possible by the Arts Alive Fund and the Rosemary Steiner Fund.
- Difference Makers/Impact Center, $1,200 for two upright freezers that will allow meat at the food pantry; made possible in part by the Jean & Roger Long Community Fund.
- Junior Achievement, $2,500 for a Personal Finance class; made possible in part by the Don & Jane Langeloh Fund.
- Mad Anthony's Children's Hope House, $5,000 to help offset the cost of Whitley County families using the hospitality house; made possible in part by the Tim & Beth Bloom Community Fund.
- Salvation Army, $1,300 toward the cost of providing classes that focus on building relationships. Activities such as sewing, grooming, cooking, painting and budgeting classes; made possible in part by the William & Barbara Overdeer Community Fund.
- South Whitley Youth League, $2,500 to go toward a technical assistance grant for development planning; made possible in part by the Alan Fox Community Fund.
- Whitko Middle School, $4,421.93 for the cost of Spheros, small robotic balls that can be coded, programmed, driven, and more via their apps on the IPad for 7th grade science; made possible in part by the John Slavich Whitley County Youth Fund.
- Whitley County Economic Development Corp, $500 to create awareness with a website and social media campaigns addressing volunteer needs; made possible by the Jack & Judy Moore Fund.
- Youth for Christ, $10,000 to go towards a program that will mentor student leaders and empower them to make intentional supportive relationships with their peers. Made possible in part by the Andy &Toni More Community Fund.

May 1st is the deadline for submitting applications for consideration during the next grant cycle. Would-be applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation in advance of submitting a grant request to discuss potential proposals. Vanessa Bills oversees grants and can be reached at (260)244-5224 or by e-mail at vanessawccf@gmail.com.

The Community Foundation of Whitley County, Inc. is a local public charity dedicated to meeting community needs and assisting donors. For more information, visit the Foundation's website at www.cfwhitley.org or call (260)244-5224.

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