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  • Blue River Community Foundation: September 2021 Newsletter

    September 2021
     



    2021 Recipients Announced
    The nonprofit organization 2021 Spirit of the Community Award winner is the KidZone Preschool and Childcare (KPC) This award shines a light on an extraordinary nonprofit organization that has shown a measurable difference in bringing about a positive change in our community.  Several nominations were submitted for KidZone, a local nonprofit helping to satisfy the increasing need for high-quality childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in Shelby County.       
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    At 92 years old an individual, who has been and continues to be as engaged and active in their community as Betsy Stephen, is bound to have a long list of accomplishments, acknowledgements, and recognitions from their community peers.  This year, Betsy can add the Spirit of the Community Award to that list! Betsy was nominated for her community involvement and volunteer work spanning over multiple decades within the church, political sector, nonprofit organizations and much more throughout Shelby County.  READ MORE
     
     
    ACCESS RAMP UPATE
    In early August, the DNR replaced the access ramp on River Rd. at Sunset Park.  With a grant from the Norman Willey Beautification Fund,  landscaping will be added to the area around the sign this fall. The DNR will also be installing a new boat ramp and regrading the parking lot in the upcoming months.
     
    GREAT GRANTS FOR TEACHERS FUND
    Supports Local Historical Workshop For Educators
    Great Grant for Teachers fund held at BRCF supports a variety of efforts by local teachers to improve student learning in our schools through new and innovative approaches.  For 2021, this fund awarded a grant to Grover Center to support three, 1-day grade-specific teacher workshops.  These workshops will introduce and strengthen a local history cultural competency in local educators. 
    Objectives include discussions and suggestions on teaching the Indiana English and Social Studies state standards through the lens of Shelby County. Special focus of the workshops will be to encourage and facilitate collaboration among county educators to develop curricular materials that incorporate our local Shelby County history.  These workshops, presented by SHS Social Studies Teacher Vince Bradburn, are a Shelbyville/Shelby County Bicentennial Legacy Project. 
    PROJECT INFORMATION
    BICENTENNIAL INFORMATION
     
    SOUTHWESTERN HOMETOWN FUND 
    Grant Recipient:  Marietta Community Volunteer Fire Department
    Congratulations to the Marietta Community Volunteer Fire Department!  They were awarded a $5000 grant from the Southwestern Area Hometown Community Fund to help with the purchase of new extraction equipment to use on emergency runs. Pictured is Greg Gerline, member of the SW Hometown Fund Advisory Commitee, presenting the grant check to Brandon Fix.
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    THERE'S STILL TIME
    GIFT VII Match Campaign Deadline is September 30th
    Did you know that for a minimal gift of $1,700 you can establish a fund that will support your community forever?   If you have ever considered starting a fund at BRCF, there is no better time than now.  The matching period closes on September 30, 2021, so please contact us soon to learn more about this charitable option.  

    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.  We are happy to discuss options on how you can take advantage of this offer.

    To date, 35 new unrestricted funds have been established for community grantmaking thanks to our generous donors since Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII match campaign started in 2019.

    In addition, donors can make a gift of any size to a named, unrestricted fund or to BRCF’s Endowment Fund until September 30th and the gift will be matched 2:1. 

     
     
    NORTHEASTERN GRANT APPLICATION
    SOUTHEASTERN GRANT APPLICATION
     
     
    DATES & DEADLINES TO KNOW
     
    October 1 - Southeastern Hometown Fund Grant                                Application Deadline
    October 11 - Columbus Day; BRCF Office Closed
    October 15 - Northeastern Hometown Fund Grant                                Application Deadline
     
     
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