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MCCF Awards $8,064 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 $8,064 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.”

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.


Community Foundation Receives $11,124 for Preschool Scholarships

From left: NICF Executive Director Jay Albright, MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler, and United Way of Miami County Executive Director Debi Wallick

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) received an $11,124 grant from United Way of Miami County in support of its Preschool Scholarship Program. The grant will enable 4-year-olds from low income families to obtain a preschool education that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.

The United Way of Miami County received funding for the grant through Indiana Association of United Ways in the form of a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity. While the United Way of Miami County had two years to raise the necessary funds, they achieved their goal within the first year, thus allowing them to provide this grant to the Community Foundation right away.

MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler said, “We at the Community Foundation are very appreciative of this grant. This program is so important, and we are thankful that United Way of Miami County provided the funds to ensure that it will continue for the next two years.”

The United Way of Miami County has provided support for the MCCF Preschool Scholarship Program in the past due to the alignment of the program’s goals and the mission of United Way, which is to provide “direction and accountability to promote education, health, and financial independence.”

The MCCF formed the program in response to research that points to early childhood education as an indicator for success later in life. Children who attend preschool are ready to learn when they go to kindergarten. They are set on a track for success and are more likely to read at grade level, graduate high school, and obtain a college degree. These factors also result in higher incomes due to more education and a lower likelihood of being incarcerated or needing government assistance.

Debi Wallick, Executive Director of United Way of Miami County, spoke about the importance for the youth of Miami County “to be empowered” and “to have that opportunity to be successful.” She added that their partnership with the MCCF is beneficial because the MCCF facilitates the program, administers the scholarships, and collects the data, and United Way of Miami County can feel confident that their dollars are making a difference. “You wouldn’t believe how rewarding it is for us,” she said.

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423 or MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler at 765-475-2859.


MCCF Awards First 2017 Grant

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) awarded its first 2017 grant in the amount of $1,300 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.

MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler said, “We at the Community Foundation are happy to help out the “Life Cycle” program. It’s exciting to begin awarding grants, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact the dollars will have on the community throughout the year.”

Last year, the MCCF removed deadlines from many of its grant applications. This allowed the MCCF to help local nonprofit organizations when they needed assistance the most.

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

For more information, contact MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler at 765-475-2859 or e-mail miami@nicf.org.