Cass County Community Foundation awards $171,017 in competitive community grants for 2021

Last Updated on October 8, 2021 by Cass County Community Foundation

The Cass County Community Foundation held a press conference and reception to announce the recipients of the 2021 CCCF Community Grant Awards on October 7, 2021, at the foundation office, 729 E. Market Street. Attendees included representatives of the recipient organizations, as well as donors, board members, volunteers, and members of the media. This year, grants awarded to seven organizations is a record totaling $171,017.

Deanna Crispen, President & CEO shared, “The total grant dollars awarded is once again more than the Board of Directors had originally allocated. The grants committee began their work with an allocation of $170,000. When the committee met earlier this summer to review and evaluate opportunity grant proposals of $5,000 or less, Chairman, Barrie McClain was asked to go back to the board with a recommendation that in addition to the $170,000 previously allocated, the committee recommended an additional $34,630.50 for Opportunity Grants due to adverse effects of the Covid pandemic.”

During the Competitive Grant Cycle evaluation, the committee began their work with a commitment of $170,000 from the Board of Directors, As the committee worked through the process and especially after interviewing the organizations about their projects, the committee felt they could justify the additional support of $1,017 from the Board of Directors and they agreed.

Organizations are required to first sent a letter expressing their desire to apply and briefly explain their project and costs. After the initial letters were evaluated, organizations moving forward in the process were invited to submit full proposals. Finally, each organization was invited to make a brief presentation before the committee to explain further and answer any questions the committee might still have about their proposal. Funding for community grants is made possible through the generosity of donors to CCCF’s unrestricted community endowments.

The following is a list of the 2021 Community Grant Award recipients and their projects:

2021 Grant Cycle Award Recommendations are:

  • Cass County 4H Association—$30,400 for a new sound system.
  • Emmaus Mission Shelter—$25,700 for remodel of homeless shelter flooring
  • Cass County Humane Society—$28,917 for air filtration ($11,000)Front entry($6459) and new cause for Paws area ($11,458)
  • Logansport Parks Foundation–$20,000 for the “grand entry way” to Fairview Playground.
  • Twelve Mile Community Building—$30,000 new signage
  • Weekday Religious Education-$20,000 in matching dollars for new bus.
  • Young America Lions Club—$16,000 for a permanent building at the fair grounds

Total awards for 2021 Competitive Grants are $171,017.00.

Total 2021 Opportunity Grants are $34,630.50

Total for 2021 Grant Cycle: $205,647.50

For more information, please call the Cass County Community Foundation at 574-722-2200.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Community Foundation