The Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County has announced the recipients of its fall grants program. The foundation awarded $80,794 to 16 nonprofit groups in the community.

Once again, the foundation's board of directors has done a good job identifying a wide variety of needs in the community.

Grants awarded were:

• A Dog On Prison Turf (ADOPT): $1,000 to purchase supplies.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County: $2,500 to fund the new Agency Information Management (AIM) system.

• Choices for Women: $8,116 to fund a classroom technology project.

• City of Madison: $500 to fund the Madison Timeline Mural.

• Clifty Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6: $10,000 to purchase upgraded rescue tools.

• Girls Inc. of Jefferson County: $15,000 to fund the construction and installation of a fire escape.

• Heritage Trail Conservancy: $10,000 to purchase 4.9 acres adjacent to Heritage Park.

• Jefferson County: $7,000 to fund the Courthouse bell project.

• Jefferson County Historical Society: $960 to fund the development of the Founders and Settlers program.

• Jefferson County United Way Inc.: $2,000 to fund the background checks, printing costs and information kickoff for the Decision to Win program.

• LifeTtime Resources Inc.: $10,608 to purchase a new Catch-A-Ride vehicle for Madison and Jefferson County.

• Madison Ulster Project: $1,950 to fund leadership training, materials, and post-training team project for the Leadership Development program.

• O.V.O. Head Start: $1,535 to purchase math and science materials for the Head Start classroom in the Southwestern School District.

• River Valley Resources Inc.: $6,125 to fund the technology improvement project.

• Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Inc.: $1,000 to purchase updated equipment and materials for the DVD library.

• Southwestern Middle/High School: $2,500 to fund the Star Reading assessment model/Accelerated Reading program.

A special thanks goes to the people and organizations that have contributed to the Foundation to make the grants possible.

The Foundation is a wonderful option for those who wish to financially support the good initiatives that many community organizations provide.

There is no question that many programs would have a difficult time surviving without the generosity of donors.

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, call the Foundation at 265-3327, or email or visit the foundation's website at