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MCCF Awards $30,564 in Grants So Far in 2017

Left to right: Connie Cutler, MCCF Director of Development, Shelley Shircliff, Scratching Post Cat Rescue Director, Kara Shank, volunteer, and Rita Jackson, MCCF Grants chairman.
For more information or to give a gift to the Scratching Post Cat Rescue Fund, go to our Make A Donation page or call 877-432-6423.

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) has awarded $30,564 in grants so far in 2017. Grant applications will continue to be accepted and dollars will be awarded throughout the year.

The MCCF is excited that organizations have already been able to apply for and receive needed grant dollars. MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler said, “It’s exciting to begin awarding grants, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact these dollars will have on the community throughout the year.”

An Impact Grant of $10,000 was awarded to United Way of Miami County for Miami County Works. This project is a community employment workshop that seeks to reduce the employment barriers of Miami County residents and also to break the generational poverty cycle that affects local families. This two-hour education course concentrates on the completion of employment applications, appropriate interview attire, and identifying professional skills. The program is seeking to expand to incorporate more information and resources.

A $5,000 grant was given to the Miami County Historical Society, Inc. to update the organization’s computer system. With the updated system, the Historical Society is able to more efficiently preserve, catalog, and protect its Museum collection. The organization strives to preserve Miami County’s rich history and to share that history with the community.

“Manna on Main Street; Matthew: 25” received $1,000 to help the organization fulfill its mission. Manna on Main Street will provide nutritious meals to individuals in need living within Miami County. The organization’s board of directors is composed of members of St. Vincent de Paul, various churches, Miami County Helping Hands, First Christian Church, and others.

A grant of $5,000 was awarded to North Miami’s WarriorTech Robotics team, which is part of the FIRST Tech Challenge. Participants in this program are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in challenges. Students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles. They also learn the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.

The Peru Parks Department received $1,500 for assistance with its movie nights project. Through this project, the Parks Department wishes to utilize the Peru Parks System in order to provide activities for youth and family. This grant will assist with the purchase of a sound system and movie projector.

The MCCF awarded $1,350 to support the BOOKS (Books Offer Our Kids Success) program. BOOKS was established in order to help Miami County residents have high quality children’s literature in their own homes. One book is purchased for every Miami County kindergarten student each month school is in session. Along with the books, an informative flier is sent home to help give parents ideas on various ways to interact with the book.

$1,000 was given to Ole Olsen Children’s Memorial Theatre, Inc. for the Children’s Theatre Workshop’s (CTW) summer production of “The Tempest.” Students in high school through college level are cast in the production, and the performance is free to the public. The CTW aims to show the cast and audience members that Shakespeare plays are timeless and that the stories they tell can be paralleled with modern day situations.

Scratching Post Cat Rescue, Inc. of Peru received a $4,414. Scratching Post Cat Rescue was established by Shelley Shircliff in order to help reduce the feral cat issue in Peru. The grant will be used to purchase new cages for the isolation area. When cats are brought into the building, they are first isolated in order to receive the proper care and vaccinations before they join the rest of the cats in the shelter.

$1,300 was awarded to Systems Of Care Governance Coalition. The grant will assist with bicycle repairs and locks for the organization’s “Life Cycle” program. “Life Cycle” is a program that uses community collaboration and grant funding to repair recycled bicycles and give them away to community members free of charge. The project is made possible by the Systems Of Care Governance Coalition’s partnership with Woodcrest Manufacturing, Peru Police Department, Breakaway Bikes, Inc., Main Street United Methodist Church, and the City of Peru.

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

To apply for a grant visit our grant page and get information on support for organizations serving Miami county or call 877-432-6423.