“We are grateful for the partnership that MCUF has formed with MCCF to help us meet these needs in our community.” Photo provided by MCCF

The Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) and Montgomery County United Fund (MCUF) met Thursday afternoon at Fusion 54 to award their respective grants. MCCF Executive Director Kelly Taylor explained that after pivoting last year when the pandemic struck, the MCCF Board of Directors remained aware of the impact of the pandemic on organizations with a goal. nonprofit and continued to offer COVID-19 operational support opportunities as well as the usual unrestricted grant making. Three requests were received for COVID-19 Operating. As the reviews progressed, the Montgomery County United Fund learned that it would be receiving funds from Lilly Endowment, Inc. and IN United Way for additional emergency aid grants, as happened in the last fall.
By launching the program, the MCCF awarded a COVID-19 operating support grant to:
Rainbows & Rhymes Preschool for $ 18,760.
The funds will help shore up the budget against lost tuition fees during the pandemic. The preschool was one of two partners of the MCCF Child Care Deserts grant received from Early Learning Indiana in 2019 and now offers all-day child care for preschoolers and has a capacity of 56 places. The program is hosted in the First United Methodist Church.
MCCF grants for programs and projects have been awarded as follows:
Animal Welfare League – $ 31,500 (Irwin Lee Detchon Fund and Community Fund)
The funds will be used to purchase a new vehicle suitable for transporting animals, in all weather conditions, as well as new building safety equipment.
Crawfordsville Main Street – $ 31,750 (Irwin Lee Detchon Fund)
This will support the Community Wayfinding – Signs of Recovery and Welcome project. The sign’s design is inspired by the architecture of the city’s historic commercial district, which also reflects the character of the outlying towns of Montgomery County. When complete, a family of strategically placed signs guide vehicle and pedestrian traffic to cultural, historical, tourist and parking destinations.
Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, $ 5,000 (Irwin Lee Detchon Fund)
This will cover the cost of training in trust-based relational interventions for two clinicians. The information and skills acquired will be incorporated into community education services and programs for traumatized youth.
Fuzzy Bear Preschool and Daycare, $ 34,050 (Irwin Lee Detchon Fund)
The funds will be used to improve air circulation in the building; windows and doors will be added and / or modified. They will level the sloping floor of the shrine to make the space more useful. The facility accommodates children from 6 weeks to 12 years old and is located in Ladoga.
Hand-in-Hand Creative Learning, $ 7,469 (Irwin Lee Detchon Fund and Community Fund)
HHCL was the other partner of the MCCF Child Care Deserts Grant and created 23 child care seats for infants to preschoolers. The funds will be used for playground improvements to include baby and toddler swings; Dual Paint Panel (Enables outdoor artistic activities necessary to provide regular physical activity important for children’s physical and mental health as well as social and cognitive development. The program is hosted at First Christian Church, Crawfordsville.
New Market Elementary PTO / South Montgomery School Corporation, $ 40,000 (community fund)
An outdoor space that combines traditional outdoor fun with experiential learning in the fields of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) is being created at New Market Elementary School, led by the PTO of the school. This grant leverages PTO’s aggressive fundraising, a contribution from a school society, and in-kind donations from local businesses.
North Montgomery School Corporation, $ 9,885 (Faye O. and Anna Winter Schenck Fund)
This will support the Society’s Student Health and Welfare Fund, a fund that addresses the health needs of students who might not otherwise have access. Nurses and school counselors are usually the ones who identify student needs and coordinate care for medical care, medications, vision and dental needs, mental health, etc.
MCUF Executive Director Gina Haile presented three Montgomery County United Fund awards totaling $ 60,000:
Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club, $ 15,000
The funds will be used to support the Indiana Kids Program, an educational enrichment program in math and reading. Due to Covid-19, students have 10 months of lost learning in these areas. This program is equipped to put children back on the right track.
Montgomery County Salvation Army, $ 15,000
The funds will be used to support the Emergency Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to struggling and disadvantaged residents of Montgomery County who are in urgent need of assistance with basic necessities such as food, shelter. (rent / housing / mortgage), utility bills, medical care / prescriptions and essential transportation. Requests for emergency assistance for basic needs have increased by 35% due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Montgomery County Youth Services Office, $ 30,000
The funds will be used to support CASA, JUMP mentoring and the alternative school. With increased pressure on the educational and mental health needs of our young people during the Covid-19 pandemic, these programs are essential to continue to provide access to educational opportunities, relationships essential for good mental health, and social support. assurance of secure and permanent housing.
Haile explained that the funding priorities are operational support to nonprofit organizations focused on health and social services that meet basic / essential needs such as access and quality of health care, access and quality of education, social and community context, economic stability and the neighborhood and the built environment. Funds are still available and the grant application can be viewed at https://www.montgomeryunitedfund.org/covid-19
Taylor concluded the program by saying, “We are grateful for the partnership that MCUF has formed with MCCF to help us meet these needs in our community. “