Lawrence County Community Foundation - Recent Grant History  

 Lawrence County Community Foundation Announces

First Pennington Fund Awards!

The first Pennington Fund grants were awarded Thursday, July 14, 2016 at a reception held at the Lawrence County Community Foundation.  Grants from the endowment are geared toward helping elderly residents who are disadvantaged or homeless.

The first round of grants from the Margie Marie Pennington Fund totaled $23,500, with the largest grant reaching $3,000 and the smallest at $500. The purposes of the grants range from home-delivered meals to providing personal hygiene products, and from nutrition education to accessibility and home repair.

The following organizations received awards through the 2016 Pennington grant cycle: Bedford Lions Club, Bertha's Mission, CWC Helping Hands Ministry, Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, Older American Services Corporation, Lawrence County Trustees, Senior Citizens of Lawrence County, Mitchell Senior Citizens, and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

 Endowments, such as the Margie Marie Pennington Fund, are perpetual. Although Pennington passed away over three years ago, her legacy will go on forever in Lawrence County.

“If people direct assets to permanent endowments in their wills, then they, too, can have an impact forever,” Flores said. “One that goes on long after they’re gone. The Lawrence County Community Foundation can help you serve your community, whatever your interests are.  An endowment fund may benefit a field of interest or specific charities or causes serving Lawrence County.”

“The best part of Margie’s gift is that it will only continue to grow over time”, Flores added.  “Although Margie is gone, her gift to the community foundation will continue to meet the needs of Lawrence County disadvantaged or homeless elderly forever.”


Grant Recipients of 2016 Open Grant Cycle

The Lawrence County Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded grants to twenty-one local agencies who submitted proposals for the 2016 Open Grant Cycle.  Funding for the annual grant application process was provided by the following endowment funds

LCCF Unrestricted Fund, Bicentennial Fund, Wilbur C. Dollens Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Patrick and Sharon Robbins Fund for Lawrence County, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette R. Robison Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund, Betty R. Hilderbrand Bedford Parks & Recreation Fund, LCCF Education Fund, Morris D. Norman Fund, M. Jeanette Norman Fund, and the Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund.

Dennis Turner chaired the LCCF Grants Committee this year.  “A conduit of blessing,” Turner said of the experience.   “This describes the Community Foundation as the flow-thru of aid to agencies that, in turn, bless so many in our community who have real need.  This year’s grant committee spent hours reviewing very worthy applications and did an outstanding job making recommendations to the LCCF Board.   It was a joy to work with the committee.” Turner added, “We invite the community to share in the joy of the work of the LCCF. The Community Foundation works hard to be a responsible and responsive steward: an enduring conduit of blessing.”

 Over $33,000 was distributed Thursday and an additional $9,785 was awarded as challenges to five groups.  Challenge grants help organizations gain attention and raise funds by providing matching funds.  Organization and project names follow:

2016 Grants:


Becky's Place

On Solid Ground

Bedford Police Department

AED (challenge)

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County

The SAFE Journey Through Mentoring

Camp Challenge Indiana, Inc.

Recycling Program

Celebrate Recovery

Celebration Place / Phase Two

Centerstone of Indiana

Lawrence County Art Therapy Program

Families Forever

Reducing Domestic Violence through Healthy Relationships

Fayetteville Community Lions Club

Lions Club Park Ballfield #2 (challenge)

Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Food Transportation Improvement Project

Hoosier Hills PACT

Victim Advocacy:  Not by Bread Alone

Hoosier Uplands EDC

Afterschool Program

Hope Resource Center

Earn and Learn Parenting Program

Indiana Trails Fund, Inc.

Enhancing the Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Knights of Columbus, Council 1166 / SVDP

LARC Instructional Uplift

Knights of Columbus, Council 1166 / SVDP

Severely Handicapped Entrance at BNLHS

L C Steam

Limestone Robotics

Lawrence Co. Cancer Patient Services

Fill and Refill

Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office

AED (challenge)

Mitchell Police Department

AED (challenge)

National Alliance on Mental Illness

FaithNet Project for Lawrence County

Springville Community Park

New Playground Equipment (challenge)

White River Humane Society

It is Time, to Fix Your Canine

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be proactive in creating and growing an enduring source of charitable assets, and to identify and respond to the changing needs of Lawrence County.  For more information contact Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215 or hope@cfpartner.org.  



LCCF GREAT Grants  for Teachers

The LCCF Great Grants program is a wonderful opportunity for Lawrence County teachers to spread their wings and think beyond the box by developing unique and fascinating learning opportunities for our students.  The application process inspires a spirit of excellence and creativity for our teachers while maintaining alignment with the Indiana State Standards. 

 North Lawrence Community Schools/St. Vincent 2016-17 Great Grants


Mitchell Schools 2016-17 Great Grants





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