Culver entities among MCCF grant awardees

Pictured front row, from left: Craig Hopple, Sandy Krost, Patty Stallings (Culver park board), Rebecca Nifong, Deborah Gidley, Linda Yoder, Executive Director.  Back row: Brian Main, Tom Wruble, Kyle Burkett, Judi Currens (Friends of the Culver Library), Mike Hite, Jackie Wright, Michael Overmyer (culver-Union Twp Heritage), Kevin Boyer, Grants Chair, Marc Hayden (Culver park director), Virginia Heinke and Tom Kearns (Culver park board).
Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

The Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) announced the second round of 2015 grants from the Foundation’s Community Fund during an awards presentation held last Wednesday in Plymouth.
Culver-related Community Fund grants include:

• Culver Boys and Girls Club: $5,000 Launch SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids), a nationally renowned, proven program designated to increase physical activity of youth and combat the ills of childhood obesity

• Culver Park Board: $18,000 to renovate historic pavilion on the west end of the Culver Town Park

• Culver Union Township Heritage: $2,760 to provide software and equipment for innovative projects to preserve historical documents in Union Township

• Friends of Culver Library: $1,000 to purchase an automated external defibrillator with a matching grant
County-wide grants include:

• Care and Share of Marshall County: $500 to purchase a scanner and backup hard drive

• City of Plymouth/Freedom Park: $6,500 to increase safety for the all –inclusive park by purchasing and installing fencing by parking spaces along 8th street

• Marshall County Council on Aging: $15,365 provide match funds for two wheelchair vehicles

• Plymouth Arts Commission/Encore Performing Arts: $5,000 to help fund Arts Midwest World Fest program to present international musical ensemble in intensive week-long residency to foster an understanding and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences

• Project Lead The Way: $5,000 for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum in public and private schools in Marshall County ($30,000 funding over 3 years as part of five-county $4.4 million regional match grant)

Other local Community Fund projects were awarded to various entities around the county. The Community Fund is one of the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s 333 funds in addressing current and emerging needs.

Twice each year, nonprofit organizations are invited to submit proposals for new, innovative and collaborative projects. Members of the community serving on the MCCF Grants Committee evaluate the proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process.