In the first two weeks of April, the Ripley County Community Foundation was able to distribute approximately $16,000 from the COVID-19 Rapid Release Fund to support 8 organizations who were aiding those affected by COVID-19.  Since then, an additional $15,500 has been granted to 7 new organizations.  Below is a list of those recent grant recipients:

  • Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce ($2,500) – to provide resources for local businesses
  • Delaware Volunteer Fire Department ($500) – to assist with the purchase of a Personal Protective Equipment Gear Washing Machine
  • Gibson Theatre ($2,500) – to pay utility bills accumulated due to loss of revenue from being shut-down
  • Hispanic Community Advisory Committee ($2,500) – to provide a COVID-19 relief fund to clients
  • Kids Discovery Factory ($2,500) – to cover operating expenses due to lost revenue of COVID-19
  • One Community One Family ($2,500) – to assist with additional costs incurred to provide mental health services to Ripley County teenagers and young adults
  • Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children ($2,500) – to supplement programming costs which are higher due to the additional needs and decrease in donations and income created by COVID-19

All the funds from the COVID-19 Rapid Release Fund have been distributed.  Again, the grant would not have been possible without our generous donors that allowed the Community Foundation to aid Ripley County.  Thank you to Duke Energy, Global Atlantic, Hillrom, the Todd and Dianne Rynn Fund, Bull Fork Honey, and Bobbie Brandes.