MCCF grants announced

PLYMOUTH — The Grants Committee of the Marshall County Community Foundation awarded the first round of General Endowment Fund and Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Grants for 2012 during a press conference held Tuesday, April 10, in Plymouth.

General Endowment Fund grants
The general endowment of the Marshall County Community Foundation now exceeds $4.5 million dollars, enabling the Foundation to award grants in excess of $135,000 on an annual basis. During the spring 2012 grant round, $69,581 was awarded to seventeen organizations in Marshall County. “Donations to the general fund of the Community Foundation help support projects such as these,” noted Kurt Garner, MCCF Grants Committee Chair, as he announced the following awards:
Antiquarian & Historical Society — Digitization equipment, $2,000
Boy Scout Troop #257 — Trailer to transport camping equipment, $4,500
Bread of Life — Freezer for the food pantry, $800
City of Plymouth Parks Dept. — BOW-WOW Dog Park, $500
Community Hospital of Bremen — SonoSite NonoMaxx ultrasound machine, $9,000
Culver Community Youth Center, D.B.A. Culver Boys & Girls Club —Educationally-based summer program, $3,750
Earthworks — Project to help facilitate collaboration of small nonprofit agencies, $2,500
Heart and Hands
Science lab equipment and teacher training for GED program, $2,031
Heartland Artists — Marketing/advertising campaign, $1,000
Historic Bremen, Inc. — Display panels and cases at History Center, $5,000
Leadership Marshall County — LMC Program Costs, $1,500
Marshall County 4-H Board — Bleacher/grandstand for year-round events, $10,000
Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau — Installation of barn quilts on Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail, $1,500
Marshall County Council on Aging — 20% match for INDOT Wheelchair vehicle, $5,000
Plymouth Arts Commission/Encore — Performance of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, $2,500
Plymouth Community School Corp. — $25,000 granted over five years to assist with technology requirements for New Tech Network, $5,000
Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department — Training facility for Plymouth and other Marshall County Fire Departments, $13,000

Vonnegut Jr. grants:
The Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Fund was established to provide funding for environmental, educational or recreational projects directly related to Lake Maxinkuckee. $13,000 was awarded to the following two organizations in the Culver/Lake Maxinkuckee area:
Antiquarian & Historical Society of Culver — Produce a documentary film on the history of Lake Maxinkuckee, $6,500
Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council — Eliminating Eurasian water milfoil in channels project and/or installation of sediment trap to prevent sediment from reaching the Kline wetlands, $6,500
Grant committee members and the communities they represent include Kurt Garner, Chair, (Plymouth), Kay Finlay (Culver), Kevin Hickman (Bremen), Tammy Houin (Plymouth), Carolyn Kline (Culver), Robert Pickell (Plymouth), Sarah Smith (Plymouth), Mike Overmyer (Culver), Amy Middaugh (Bourbon) and Don Thompson (Argos). Patti Kitch (Bourbon), Sylvia Bieghler (Plymouth), Dean Byers (Plymouth) and Susie Reinholt (Plymouth) serve as advisors to the committee. General Endowment grants are awarded to support charitable causes as allowed by IRS regulations and typically in the areas of health and human services, children and youth, arts, community development, education and the environment.
General Endowment Fund grant applications are due Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 each year. Ralph C. Vonnegut Fund grant applications are due Feb. 1. Applications and more information may be obtained by calling the Marshall County Community Foundation at 574-935-5159 or visiting