At the Martin County Community Foundation’s annual community gathering on Monday, Nov. 4, the MCCF awarded grants totaling $166,335, including a $20,000 non-profit grant drawing. A sell-out crowd was present to celebrate the Community Foundation’s 20th year of serving the residents and non-profit organizations of Martin County.

Eighteen organizations were named recipients of the 2019 Martin County Community Foundation Impact Grant Cycle. Funding for the open-call grant cycle was provided by unrestricted endowments held by the MCCF. These funds include the Courter Family Fund, Donald and Janett Walton Fund for the Betterment of Martin County, Wendell Bough Family Fund, German American Bank Community Fund, Michael B. and Beth A. Lett Fund, Gregory Family Humanitarian Fund, Crane Family Fund for Martin County, Tri-Kappa of Loogootee-Shoals Community Grants Fund, Leo Harding Family Unrestricted Fund, Al and Helen Friesenhengst Fund, Rich and Judy Kluesner Fund, John T. and Elizabeth J. Chattin Community Fund, Old National Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund, and the MCCF Unrestricted Fund.

Additional funding was available from the George and Barbara Cropp Fund for Martin County, Expectant Mothers Assistance Fund, Sarah Bowling Fuhrman Fund for Youth, and the Martin County Community Foundation Education Fund.

Recipients of 2019 Martin County Community Foundation Impact Grants:

Dover Hill Church of Christ in Christian Union, Happy Landings Part II, $900

Haysville Community Volunteer Fire Department, Dress to be the Best, $8,000

Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Holiday Purchasing, $1,500

Loogootee Community School Corporation, General Music Class, $1,615

Loogootee Musical, LCSC, Can You Hear Me Now?, $2,000

Loogootee United Methodist Church, Martin County Toy Store, $1,000

Martin County 4-H Club Council, Safety First, $3,595

Martin County 4-H Club Council, Project: Accessible & Secure, $5,979

Martin County Community Corrections, Community Outreach and Education, $1,500

Martin County Council on Aging, Expanded Storage for Meals on Wheels, $2,264

Martin County Council on Aging, Right with the State, $3,300

Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Community Outreach Room, $589

Martin County SOAR, Promoting Family Literacy Program, $1,419

New Beginnings Community Church, Children’s Lunch, $2,000

Purdue Extension Martin County, Positive Strategies: Engaging and Building, $3,000

Retired Senior Volunteer Program, “Ready Set Go” Disaster Preparedness, $1,500

Samaritan Center, Shoals Students Get Schooled on Mental Health, $5,000

Town of Shoals, Shoals Beautification Board, $7,000

Shoals Church of the Cross, Community Safety, $1,299

Trinity Springs Mustering Elm, Park Improvements, $7,875

Youth First, Youth First in Martin County, $5,000

Four groups were presented $20,000 grants:

City of Loogootee, Parks Board

Loogootee Public Library

Shoals Public Library

Town of Shoals, Park Board

In addition, ten organizations were chosen for grants during the evening, nominated by attendees.

Recipients of a $2,000 grant were:

Friends of Shoals Public Library

Martin County Humane Society

Loogootee Elementary School

Shoals Church of the Cross

Loogootee Parks Board

Center for Women’s Ministries, Martin County

Loogootee High School

Shoals Senior Citizens

Shoals Scholarship Foundation (Dollars for Scholars)

Loogootee Public Library

Board member Jenell Hoffman and Dan Gregory, President of Community Foundation Partnership, Inc. and the Martin County Community Foundation, announced grants totaling over a quarter of a million dollars will be distributed in 2019. The keynote speaker for the evening, NSWC Crane Technical Director Dr. Brett Seidle, encouraged attendees to serve their community and heralded the Community Foundation’s 20 years of serving the residents of Martin County.

Drs. Jordan and Brooke Hawkins were recognized as the 2019 Philanthropists of the Year and talked about the importance of serving and giving back to the community. Curt Johnson, Director, reminded the crowd that a Lilly Endowment GIFT VII initiative is under way.

Donations to MCCF unrestricted funds will be matched $2 to $1; gifts to other permanent endowments will be matched $1 to $2.

The Martin County Community Foundation is a 501©(3) public charity whose mission is to responsibly build endowed funds and provide grants to worthwhile projects, improving the quality of life in Martin County and enhancing the value of the foundation to the community. For information on ways to give back to Martin County through the Community Foundation, contact MCCF Director Curt Johnson at or (812) 295-1022.

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