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Fulton County


The FCCF Has Awarded $93,150 in Grants So Far in 2017
Grants support projects throughout the county

The Akron Park Board, Akron Lions Club, and Pike Lumber Company collaborated to plant trees along the trails in Pike Memorial Park. Approximately 35 trees of varying species were planned next to the trail and will provide shade for trail users.
From left to right: Chris Baker, Dustin Hook, and Casey Wise plant a tree next to the Akron Trail.
Fulton County Habitat for Humanity received $9,500 for well and septic installation at their 15th home. Pictured from left to right; Home owners Carter Walley, Samantha Walley, Makayla Walley (standing) Lizzy Walley (held by Samantha), Habitat president Karmin Reeves, Habitat building chairman Donnie Williams, NICF Ex. Dir. Jay Albright and Brian Johnson.
Fulton County Council on Aging was granted $17,600 for their transportation department. The grant will allow them to purchase two new vehicles, a handicap accessible van and a 12 person transit van. Director Rusty Moore and COA Exe. Dir. Georgia Moudy.

The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) has awarded $93,150 in grants to local nonprofit organizations so far in 2017. Grant applications will continue to be accepted and dollars will be awarded throughout the year.
The FCCF is excited that organizations have already been able to apply for and receive needed grant dollars.
FCCF Director of Development Brian Johnson said, “Since we removed deadlines from many of our grant applications, we are able to help organizations when they need it most. We’re excited to see how our grantees put the dollars to good use throughout the year and the impact this will have on the community.”

The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) granted $30,000 to the Fulton Economic Development Corporation to assist in building Centennial Park, a new development on the corner of 9th and Main Street in downtown Rochester. The new green space will include native plant life, benches, stone pathways, repurposed wrought iron fencing, and outdoor art displays. New parking spaces, portable restrooms, and food vendor access will be available at the rear of the park as well. Possible plans for the park could include a pavilion or stage awning, where outdoor concerts and other events could be held.

The FCCF awarded $5,000 to Fulton County Leadership Academy (FCLA) for its Cutshall Park Project. A group from FCLA will erect a 24 x 30 picnic shelter at the Cutshall Park in Akron. This shelter will be located near the entrance to the park at the start of the newly constructed disc golf course. The construction of the shelter will allow facilitation of outdoor park activities, such as summer education programs, disc golf tournaments, family and community group picnics, and other gatherings.

Another $5,000 award was given to Fulton County Department of Parks and Recreation for the reconstruction of a building at Aubbeenaubbee Landing County Park. The group will convert the building into a pavilion. The group will also construct an additional parking area. Since 2000, the park department has acquired eight properties, which have been combined into three parks and two nature preserves. The new pavilion and parking lot will enable public use of the park.

In addition to having fun in Fulton County parks, families in the community can also enjoy themselves at the Kewanna H.E.A.R.T. Fall Festival. The FCCF supported the annual festival with a $5,000 grant. Kewanna’s H.E.A.R.T. will organize the event, which will provide entertainment for families, education about the community, and celebration of local heroes.

$9,000 was given to Liberty Township Park for the repair and overlay paving of the basketball court. Liberty Township Park serves as a gathering place for sports organizations, an annual festival, reunions, and sports tournaments. The completed project will provide a smooth, durable, and safe court.

The Akron Park Board received $3,000 for its tree planting project. The organization would like to plant trees along the Akron trails, along with markers that will identify the species of the trees. The project will provide an educational experience for hikers, as well as shade, visual appeal, and general pleasure.

The Fulton County Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization that offers assistance to Fulton County seniors, including meals, transportation, and various programs. The FCCF gave the organization $17,600 for match money to purchase a new low-floor minivan and a medium transit vehicle for the transportation department, which offers public transportation to any person living in Fulton County.

The FCCF is also proud to support Fulton County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976, and it started serving Fulton County in 1998. Habitat is making preparations on its 15th Fulton County home, and this FCCF grant of $9,500 will assist with the costs of the well and septic system.
Heartery, Inc. was formed in 2015 as a center for drama, music, and civic events in the town of Kewanna. It has sponsored a Blues concert, a four-day improvisation workshop, and other programs and events. The FCCF granted $6,550 to Heartery, Inc. for the installation of a ramp that will make its building handicap accessible.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry was awarded $2,500. The organization was established in 2011 with a mission to reduce hunger throughout Indiana. This grant will be used to pay processing fees on large game and livestock, donated by hunters and farmers. The meat will be given to Fulton County hunger relief agencies and then distributed back into the community to assist those in need of additional food services.

Grants are made possible through FCCF Community Funds. These endowed funds will continue to grow and support community projects now and forever.

For more information, contact FCCF Director of Development Brian Johnson at 574-224-3223 or e-mail

The Heartery was awarded a grant of $6,550 to build a handicapped accessible entrance. The Heartery, located in the former Kewanna Baptist Church, seeks to provide community events that nourish the heart and mind. Pictured from left to right: Representing the Heartery, Nicolas Hall, Linda Leasure, Diane Tesler, FCCF Board President Jeff Finke, Heartery Representatives Sam Hall, Susan Mahoney, Larry Cunningham, Jake Hall.