News & Events

Grants Available for Schools

Two RCCF education funds are open for applications. The deadline to apply is 9/1/2020. The Kenneth and Charlotte Brashaber Teacher Enhancement Award: $2200 available for an RCHS teacher to develope innovative curriculum inside or outside the classroom OR further their own education. RCCF Education Fund: $3890 available to teachers, students, adminstrator, and volunteer parents for  … Read more

We’re Hoping the Time is Right.

Keep your fingers crossed.

In the fall of 2018, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the latest installment of their “Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow” initiative, GIFT VII. As you know, it included receiving a matching grant of $500,000, which you made possible by donating $250,000 toward our Community Grants funds. Read all about GIFT VII.   What you may not  … Read more

Behind the Scenes

Our doors may be closed but we're still open for you.

In the best interest of our donors, volunteers, visitors and staff, our office will remain closed. This has been a really hard decision; we miss you! But we feel it’s the most responsible one we can make to do our part to keep our community safe and well.   We’re always just a phone call  … Read more

Rapid Relief Fund Update

Your gifts to the Rush to Help: COVID-19 Rapid Relief fund have supported the varied needs of our community – thank you! Read full stories about each grant.

Five in 50 Ride Update

We’ll start with the bad news. “It is with much regret that the Five in 50 executive committee has reached the decision to cancel our 2020 event,” announced committee chair, Marilyn Yager. “Our number one goal is to host a safe event, which this year took on the added complexity of dealing with the COVID-19  … Read more

There’s No Community Without Unity


As an overwhelmingly white, rural community, it would be easy to simply brush off racial inequity as a “big city problem”. But it’s just not the case. Everyone should feel safe, valued and respected in our community and everywhere.   Our mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of life for ALL. That means  … Read more

Congratulations to Our 2020 Scholarship Recipients!

We awarded more than $192,000 in scholarships to 62 students pursuing higher education this upcoming school year. “Thank you to all the donors who have made these scholarships possible,” said Alisa Winters, Community Foundation Executive Director. “We had a great pool of applicants this year and are pleased to support these students as they pursue  … Read more

RCCF Supports Rush County Students with Grant

Our lives changed in an instant once the pandemic reached Indiana. Daily routines changed for everyone, including students. Rush County Schools (RCS) scrambled successfully to create lessons and processes for delivering them in about a day. While eLearning itself was not new, the extended time period in which it would take place certainly was.    … Read more

Lilly Endowment Inc.’s $5M GIFT VII Large-scale Funding Proposal

On Friday 3/13, we submitted a large-scale funding proposal to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s $5M GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant. It took months of work and help from an army of local leaders to prepare. Three days later we quietly went home to deal with the developing crisis.   As luck would have it, we just  … Read more