Recent Grant Recipients

The Rush County Community Foundation awards Community Grants in two cycles annually, in the summer and fall.  Our grantees from recent cycles include:

2018:

  • Rush County Youth Group Workcamp
    • $10,000 for building materials and supplies to repair owner-occupied homes of low income, elderly, and disabled people of Rush County
  • Suicide Prevention Across Rush County (SPARC)
    • $4,800 to establish Project STOP, a pilot program to provide patients at-risk for suicide with cable gun locks and medication safes in all healthcare settings across Rush County
  • Rush County Victim’s Assistance (RCVA Phoenix House)
    • $7,250 for materials to replace the existing wood decking and steps, as well as an ADA accessible ramp and protective roof over porch/steps
  • East Hill Cemetery Co.
    • $7,025 to repair and restore historical monuments in the historic section of the cemetery, north of the bridge
  • Shares, Inc.
    • $7,505 to help fund the Rush County Music Therapy Project, specifically to provide approximately 68 hours of music therapy training to staff and participants to improve the physical, psychological, and social well-being of individuals with disabilities

2017:

  • Rush County Genealogical Society
    • $2,994 to film six Rush County cemeteries as a part of the “History in your Own Backyard” series of films
  • Rushville Consolidated High School Broadcasting Department
    • $3,391 for equipment to provide public access television to Rush County Comcast subscribers
  • Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department
    • $10,500 for the purchase and installation of an emergency back-up generator
  • Servants at Work, Inc. (SAWs)
    • $3,000 for materials to build wheelchair ramps for housebound residents of Rush County

2016:

  • Rush County Community Assistance
    • $25,000 to purchase and install new infrastructure to improve facility capabilities and overall availability of food to those in need
  • City of Rushville
    • $10,000 to fund facade and marquee improvements for the city center project
  • Rush County Youth Group Workcamp
    • $10,000 to purchase lumber, paint, building materials and supplies to repair owner-occupied homes of needy and elderly people of Rush County
  • Rush AIC Recovery Housing, Inc.
    • $8,000 to renovate 430 N. Harrison St. into temporary housing for Rush County’s new drug court program
  • Rush County Heritage
    • $3,585 for the extensive restoration of the historical Mt. Pleasant Beech Church
  • Rushville Public Library
    • $2,500 to help publish 500 copies of the book “Pictorial History of Rushville”
  • Mahoning Valley Christian Services Camp
    • $1,874 to purchase and place into service two automated external defibrillator (AED) devices
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rush County
    • $4,045 for the purchase of a laptop computer and to assist with monthly big/little outings
  • East Hill Cemetery
    • Matching grant of $13,500 to assist the restoration of the historic entrance arch
  • Down Syndrome Indiana, Inc.
    • $500 for outreach materials to Rush County residents
  • Arlington East Hill Cemetery Association
    • $2,500 to assist the purchase of a new riding lawn mower
  • The Heart of Rushville
    • $871 for the “Market Match” program, providing matching funds for SNAP, WIC, and food stamp recipients of up to $15 per family per week to purchase from the Farmer’s Market
  • Town of Carthage
    • $4,000 to assist Carthage’s downtown revitalization program, enabling new sidewalks, streetlights, trash receptacles, flower planters, and benches

 

Rush County Community Foundation’s Field of Interest funds support more specific community interests.  Recent recipients of the grant funds below include:

  • Boy Scouts of America Fund
    • Assist six scouts from Troops 28 and 333 with the cost of Camp Krietenstein
  • Rush County Cancer Fund
    • Funding to Indiana Women in Need Foundation to provide non-medical support services to women receiving treatment for breast cancer
  • CIRCLe Fund
    • Mentors of Rush County Empowering Youth (M.o.R.E. for Kids) received funding to train, educate, serve, and empower the Rush County youth and community as a whole
  • Rush County Education Fund
    • Provided funding to support classroom projects, supplies, playground equipment, and resources for Arlington Elementary, Rushville Elementary School East, and Rushville Consolidated High School
  • Helen and Jim Ewing Fund
    • Provided funding to support the Gleaner’s Mobile Food Pantry in Rush County, providing assistance to food insecure residents, including many elderly members of our community
    • Funding to support the Rush County Community Assistance Food Pantry Enhanced Milk Program
  • Music for Rush County Fund
    • Funding defrayed the cost of the 2017 Heart of Rushville Riverside Park Concert Series
  • Rush County Parks Fund
    • The Rushville Parks Department utilized funds to replace the rubber mats at Waggener Community Pool
  • Mildreth I. (Jackson) and Byron P. Smith Fund
  • Alex Workman Memorial Fund
    • Purchase 6 different styled chairs to help students build core strength, balance, and coordination and encourage them to build strength
    • Fund a Movement Course to provide sensory input and personal refreshment for students with autism
  • Rita Yager Memorial Ag Fund
    • The Nature Center utilized funds to develop a “Zoo Garden”, and Farm Bureau, Inc. further developed their “Ag in the Classroom” program by providing books for the classrooms and libraries of all Rush County schools
  • Youth In Philanthropy Fund
    • Funding provided 50 meals for the Group Work Camp hog roast
  • Shane Young Memorial Soccer Fund
    • Provided funding to replace worn-out practice balls and game balls to Rush County Youth Soccer
  • Youth Athletic Fund
    • Provide supplies for the LionStrong program, a collaboration between Rush County Schools and Rush Memorial Hospital to encourage healthy eating and habits to RCHS athletes and students