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January 23, 2018

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OCCF closes year with 15 community grants
The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $4,960 to update and upgrade the surveillance system at the Ohio County Courthouse.
The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $4,960 to update and upgrade the surveillance system at the Ohio County Courthouse.
Memorial wallRoger Hilligoss led groundbreaking services for a new memorial wall on the Rising Sun riverfront in 2017.
Memorial wall

Roger Hilligoss led groundbreaking services for a new memorial wall on the Rising Sun riverfront in 2017.

The Ohio County Community Foundation awarded fifteen Community Grants during the second grant cycle of 2017. The grants were awarded to local non-profit organizations whose projects and programs benefit Ohio County. Grants are awarded in the areas of Community Development, Education, Scholarships, Health, Human Services and Cultural Affairs. Each applicant may request up to $5,000.

The grants for Grant Cycle II were funded from the distributions of endowment funds established within the Ohio County Community Foundation by donors wishing to provide lasting, charitable grants that benefit the residents of Ohio County. The grants were funded from the following endowment funds: Ohio County Today& Tomorrow Endowment Fund established by the City of Rising Sun and Ohio County; the Ynez Taylor Community Fund established by the Ohio County Community Foundation in honor of Ynez Taylor, former member of the Ohio County Community Foundation Board of Directors; the Gene Siekman Memorial Endowment Fund established in memory of former Rising Sun City Councilman, Gene Siekman, by Lane Siekman and Angel Siekman Clements; the Dillon "Dill" Dorrell, Jr. Endowment Fund established in honor of County Councilman, Dill Dorrell, Jr., by Lucian Siekman; the Amado Mauricio, M.D. Endowment Fund established in memory of former beloved Rising Sun physician, Dr. Mauricio, by his grandson, Jeremy Dilts. A total of $62, 672.78 in Community Grants have been awarded during Grant Cycle II.

The following non-profit organizations were awarded a Community Grant:

Ohio County Historical Society was awarded $5,000 to purchase a table, chairs, printer/scanner, computer, book shelves, binders and a subscription to Ancestory.com to expand the Genealogy Library at the Historical Museum. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Laughery Valley Fraternal Order of Police No. 146 was awarded $5,000 to provide funding for children from Ohio County meeting the program criteria to participate in the FOP Cops and Kids Christmas Shopping event in December 2017. The event allows children to shop with a Cop for clothes, coats, shoes, necessities and a toy. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Ohio County Public Library was awarded $4,250 to purchase 2 bathroom hand driers, a storage cabinet and large print, collection and audio books. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Ynez Taylor Community Fund.

Rising Sun Main Street was awarded $4,250 towards printing costs for the 2018 Rising Sun Newsletter. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Gene Siekman Memorial Endowment Fund.

Ohio County for the Ohio County Sheriff's Office was awarded $4,960 to update and upgrade the surveillance system at the Ohio County Courthouse. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Dillon 'Dill' Dorrell Jr. Endowment Fund.

Ohio County Convention Tourism &Visitors Commission was awarded $5,000 to purchase supplies, materials, decorations, fund event costs and advertising costs to implement the 2018 Downtown Rising Sun Christmas Events. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Rising Sun Church of Christ for the Rising Sun After Prom Event was awarded $5,000 toward funding for the 2018 After Prom Event for high school junior and seniors. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

United Sidecar Association, Inc. was awarded $5,000 toward the implementation of the 2018 United Sidecar Association, Inc. Rally to be held in Rising Sun in June 2018. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Rising Sun Cemetery Association was awarded $3339.70 to purchase an 8' Axle Trailer, 3 Husqvarna Trimmers and materials for a brick plaza to commemorate the cemetery Board members. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Denver Siekman Environmental Park was awarded $2,500 toward the 2018 Ceil's Learning Tree program which provides back to school supplies and services to students attending Rising Sun Ohio County Schools who meet the program criteria. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

River Valley Resources, Inc. was awarded $2,500 toward testing fees and office supplies for HSE classes (Adult Education Classes) for Ohio County residents held at the Education Center of Rising Sun. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Rising Sun First Baptist Church was awarded $1,794 toward the purchase of a new copier/fax machine for the church. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Shiner Pride Band Boosters, Inc. was awarded $4,300 to purchase aluminum flag poles and materials for the newly formed Winter Guard, a keyboard, oboe and 3 music dollies. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Rising Sun Ohio County School Corporation was awarded $5,000 to purchase Eureka Math manipulative sets for each classroom in grades K-5 to provide hands on learning opportunities to assist students in improving their math skills. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund.

Ohio County Rescue Service Inc. was awarded $4779.08 to update and replace CPR training mannequins, purchase patient immobilization equipment and office chairs. The grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today and Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Amado Mauricio, M.D. Endowment Fund.

The mission of the Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is to build, manage and distribute a lasting source of charitable funds for Ohio County. OCCF fulfills this mission by assisting donors to establish endowments that provide charitable funds for Ohio County. Only the interests from the funds are distributed in the form of grants. This allows the funds to grow indefinitely to increase the capacity for the funds to further impact the community through future grant distributions.

Anyone can make a contribution to any endowment fund established within the Foundation by submitting their donation to the: Ohio County Community Foundation, 330 Industrial Access Drive, PO Box 170, Rising Sun, IN 47040. Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one. Donations to OCCF-administered funds are tax deductible in most cases. To receive information concerning Endowment Funds or the Grants Program administered by the Ohio County Community Foundation, please call Stephanie Scott, Program Coordinator 812-438-9401 or visit the Foundation website at occfrisingsun.com.





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