Recipients of Community Foundation grants: Pictured, from left to right, front, Melanie Harrell, O.V.O. Head Start; Kori Jones, Southwestern Schools Food Pantry; Erin Thomas, LifeTime Resources; Jane Yorn, Safe Passage; Carole Hanson, Jefferson Co. Historical Society; Trina Copeland, Jefferson Co. Southpaws 4-H Club; Brandy Graham, American Red Cross; Diane Meyer, Hope Community; middle row, Robin Henderson Clifty Creek Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution; Susan Stahl, Girls Inc.; Victoria Perry, Madison Main Street Program; Aubrey McClure, Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children; Megan Ferguson, Jefferson Co. Youth Shelter; Jan Vetrhus, Eleutherian College; Andrew Holcroft, MJHS Peer Counselors; Josh Cochran, Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Kim Nyberg, Madison Area Arts Alliance; and back row, Mark Van Meter, Habitat for Humanity; Larry Truax, Englishton Park; Chuck Requet, Friends of the Ohio Theatre; Charles Torline, St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank; Ken Lane, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry; Richard Dickie, Oak Heritage Conservancy; Mark Auxier, Hoosier Trails Council-Boy Scouts of America; David Horvath, E.O. Muncie Elementary, Bill DeVries, City of Madison Fire Dept. Not Pictured: Canaan Volunteer Fire Dept., and Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club. (Janie Mahoney Photography photo)
Recipients of Community Foundation grants: Pictured, from left to right, front, Melanie Harrell, O.V.O. Head Start; Kori Jones, Southwestern Schools Food Pantry; Erin Thomas, LifeTime Resources; Jane Yorn, Safe Passage; Carole Hanson, Jefferson Co. Historical Society; Trina Copeland, Jefferson Co. Southpaws 4-H Club; Brandy Graham, American Red Cross; Diane Meyer, Hope Community; middle row, Robin Henderson Clifty Creek Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution; Susan Stahl, Girls Inc.; Victoria Perry, Madison Main Street Program; Aubrey McClure, Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children; Megan Ferguson, Jefferson Co. Youth Shelter; Jan Vetrhus, Eleutherian College; Andrew Holcroft, MJHS Peer Counselors; Josh Cochran, Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Kim Nyberg, Madison Area Arts Alliance; and back row, Mark Van Meter, Habitat for Humanity; Larry Truax, Englishton Park; Chuck Requet, Friends of the Ohio Theatre; Charles Torline, St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank; Ken Lane, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry; Richard Dickie, Oak Heritage Conservancy; Mark Auxier, Hoosier Trails Council-Boy Scouts of America; David Horvath, E.O. Muncie Elementary, Bill DeVries, City of Madison Fire Dept. Not Pictured: Canaan Volunteer Fire Dept., and Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club. (Janie Mahoney Photography photo)
The Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County awarded $240,000 in grants to 29 county nonprofit organizations  at its annual grants reception Sept. 27.

Those receiving grant funding were: The American Red Cross, Canaan Volunteer Fire Department; the City of Madison Fire Department; Clifty Creek Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; Englishton Park Summer Academic Remediation Center; Friends of the Ohio Theatre; Girls Inc. of Jefferson County; Habitat for Humanity; the Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson Co., KDH Foundation; Historic Eleutherian College; Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America; Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry; Hope Community, the Jefferson County Historical Society; the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; the Jefferson County Southpaws, 4-H Dog Club; the Jefferson County Youth Shelter; the Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club; LifeTime Resources, Inc.; Madison Area Arts Alliance; Madison Consolidated Schools, E.O. Muncie Elementary; Madison Main Street Program; O.V.O. Head Start; Oak Heritage Conservancy; Peer Counselors, Madison Junior High School; Safe Passage; Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children; the Southwestern Schools Food Pantry; and the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.

“Every year, our committee gets to see the great ideas, programs and projects of the many nonprofit organizations that serve Jefferson County,” said Ann Suchocki, Grants Committee chairman and Community Foundation board vice chairman. “I commend our Grants Committee members for their due diligence during this year’s grant cycle.”

The Community Foundation was established in 1991. It has expanded to 170 permanent funds through which grants are distributed with the vision of building a strong, vibrant community. To be considered for funding, agencies must submit an online application and, in the case of the finalists, are visited and interviewed by members of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

A list of past grants made by the Foundation is available online at www.cfmjc.org/grants.php. The funds used to make the 2017 grant awards possible include:

• Eleanor T. Birk Foundation Youth Fund

• Greg Cloud Memorial Endowment

• Community Foundation Board Member & Alumni Fund

• Cronen/Marsiglio Family Unrestricted Endowment

• Walter A. & Jean Graham Greiner Memorial Fund

• Al & Connie Huntington Family Community Fund

• Frieda Suppes Jones/John Price Jones Memorial Fund

• Madison Precision Products Community Fund

• Gil & Trudy McCoy Unrestricted Endowment

• Rinda Rains Memorial Endowment

• Margaret Francis Seifert & Gregory A. Russell Endowment

• Suchocki-Mason Family Fund

• Vehicle Service Group Employee Endowment

• Don R. Wallis Memorial Fund

• Caring for Veterans Fund

• Community Endowment for the Arts

• Barbara Ann Cowan Memorial Fund

• The Douglas & Ann Grahn Endowment

• Hanover Fund for Youth

• Jefferson County Enrichment Endowment

• The Lineburg Family Endowment

• MainSource Bank Community Fund

• The John Morgan Family Fund

• Julius “Bud” Ritter Memorial Endowment

• Spirit’s Fund

• Tribute and Memorial Fund

• George Wagoner, MD & Marjorie Jefferies Wagoner, MD Fund

For information about the Community Foundation and how to can give back to the community, contact Bill Barnes at (812) 265-3327, email bill@cfmjc.org, or visit the Foundation’s website at www.cfmjc.org.