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  • Blue River Community Foundation: BRCF July 2021 Newsletter

    July 2021
     
    GRANTMAKING AT WORK
    Shelby County YMCA
    On June 28th, the Shelby County YMCA opened its doors to those wishing to enroll for membership. BRCF staff and board members were given a tour of the new MHP Wellness Center, including the YMCA. We were so impressed with the facility!  CONTINUE READING
    Pictured front row, L to R:  Sarah Meredith, Amy Berthouex, Jennifer Jones, Carmen Hawk, Shoshanna Everhart, Lisa Bridges, Cindy Tomlinson.  Back row, L to R:  Eric Glasco, Beth Case, Shawn French, Brent Thoman, Jeff Beaty, Jordan England, and Lee Marks.
     
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHELBY COUNTY STUDENTS
    High school students on track to graduate by June 30, 2022 can now apply for scholarships during BRCF's summer, scholarship application cycle.  Students applying during this cycle are considered for both the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and BRCF administered scholarships.  The deadline to apply is September 1, 2021.  
    For more information, contact Julie Alvis or view the Foundation's Scholarship Resource Guide. 
    *applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship consideration. 
    APPLY
     
    CREATING COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS 
    BYS North Reach Hike
    On June 12th , Backyard Shelby (BYS, a BRCF initiative) organized a hike to introduce the community to the newly constructed North Reach trail. The trail starts at the Shelbyville trailhead and winds along the Big Blue River in between the two Knauf facilities. This new community asset was made possible by a partnership between the City of Shelbyville, Knauf Insulation, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  READ MORE
     
    LILLY SCHOLARS SUPPORT LOCAL NONPROFITS
    BRCF is excited to announce that two, Shelby County organizations have received Lead Forward Grants through the Lilly Scholars Network spring cycle thanks to the support of Lilly Scholars Jody Butts (2001 SC Lilly Scholar) and Stewart Douglas (2019 SC Lilly Scholar).  Jody partnered with the newly formed Blue River Youth Choir to write a 
    grant for their Summer Camp, while Stewart worked with the J. Kenneth Self Boys & Girls Club of Shelby County to bring a tower garden to their campus. CONTINUE READING
     
    SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOPS
     
    Rising seniors from around Shelby County attended BRCF's June Scholarship Workshop.  An additional workshop is slated for July 16th from 10 a.m. until noon... only a few seats are still open.  Any high school student on track to graduate by June of 2022 is encouraged to register.  If registration reaches capacity, an additional workshop will be offered.   Deadline to register is July 12th. 
    To learn more about this opportunity, please review this flyer or contact Julie Alvis at jalvis@blueriverfoundation.com or 317.392.7955 ext. 102.
    REGISTER
     
    2021 RACINO GRANT CYCLE
    Organizations interested in applying for a 2021 Racino grant  are reminded that grant interest forms for this cycle are due on July 15th and applications are due by August 1st.  Guidelines and policies are listed HERE.  If you have any questions, please email Jordan England or call her at 317.392.7955 ext.101.
     
    INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING A FUND AT BRCF?
    Don't Miss Out On This Opportunity
    Did you know that you can establish an unrestricted, community fund to help the ever-changing needs in Shelby County for a gift of only $1,700?  Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII Match Initiative, you can establish a named fund that supports your community today and tomorrow.  This opportunity to triple the impact of your gift has been 
    extended until September 30, 2021.  As an added incentive for the 2021 tax year, updates have been made to the CARES Act; which include provisions that affect both individual and corporate donors.  Please contact us to learn more.  We are happy to discuss options on how you can take advantage of this offer.
     
    DATES & DEADLINES TO KNOW
     
    July 15 -  Racino Grant Interest Form Deadline

    July 16 -  BRCF Scholarship Workshop 10 a.m. - noon

    July 17Pantry Pals Food Drive 

    August 1 - Racino Grant Application Deadline
     
     
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