The Rising Sun Regional Foundation
(RSRF) awarded a total of $260,000 in 11 new grants at its September
meeting. These grants included:
$10,000 to the Rising Sun and Ohio County Senior Citizen
Housing, Inc. toward the purchase of a new server and related
software for its central office.
$50,000 to the Rising Sun Retirement Community Task Force
toward the continuation of its planning activities to implement
a viable retirement/resort community in Rising Sun.
$50,000 to the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department toward
matching funds for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural
Affairs Community Focus Fund grant to acquire property and construct
a new fire station.
Up to $30,000 to the City of Aurora toward matching funds
for its Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
Owner-Occupied Rehab program.
Up to $40,000 to the Town of Osgood toward the installation
of new sewer lines and water mains to its industrial park to
facilitate new business development.
$15,000 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation
toward the purchase of 15 LCD overhead projectors for its Aurora
$3,000 challenge grant to the South Dearborn Community
School Corporation toward the purchase of Study Island testing
software for its Aurora Elementary School.
$25,000 to the Milan Elementary School PTO toward the
purchase of new playground equipment.
$10,000 to the St. John Lutheran School in Aurora toward
renovations to its library, art room and science lab areas.
$15,000 to the Ripley County Tourism Bureau toward the
purchase of equipment and furnishings to display information
in two visitor centers in Ripley County, as well as funding
for construction purposes to enable the Tourism Bureau, Ripley
County Economic Development Corporation, and the Ripley County
Chamber of Commerce to relocate offices in Versailles.
$12,000 challenge grant to Safe Passage, Inc. in Batesville
toward the purchase of a minivan for the transportation of clients
who are served by its regional domestic violence shelter.
In announcing the awarding of these new grants, foundation president
Marianne Wiggers stated, RSRFs goals in this most
current quarterly grant cycle were three:
One, to continue to award matching and challenge grants
that would be substantially leveraged by additional state, local
community, and other foundation funding. For every dollar of
RSRF grants awarded at this meeting, the foundation calculates
that these grants will result in an estimated $1.7 million of
projects, in relation to the $260,000 in RSRF grants.
Two, to continue to support the important work of the
Rising Sun Retirement Community Task Force Initiative in its
efforts to spearhead the successful development of a viable
retirement/resort community in Rising Sun, which Wiggers said
they feel has major potential economic and community development
benefits for both the community and region.
And, three, to address certain critical and one-time
needs of a number of nonprofit organizations and schools without
such funding these projects, and more likely, would not happen,
especially during these current, difficult economic times.
Hopefully, we were able to achieve these goals, the results
of which will become more evident in future months and years.