In 1997, a group of innovative individuals came together to create a permanent source of grant dollars to benefit the quality of life in Ripley County. Together, and with the assistance of Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Rising Sun Regional Foundation, they established the Ripley County Community Foundation. Over the last 25 years, the enthusiasm expressed by those first Board Members has multiplied exponentially and has spread to every corner of Ripley County.“Looking at the next 25 years, we are confident that the Ripley County Community Foundation will continue to impact our communities and will be a valuable resource to those who want to leave a legacy for future generations,” stated Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation.
“We are grateful to those who had the foresight to establish the Community Foundation, those who have donated, and those who have given their expertise to ensure that our grant making and programming has been, and remains, impactful,” said Streator. Streator further noted, “In appreciation for those 25 years of support, the Board of Directors has established a 25th Anniversary Impact Grant opportunity.”
The 25th Anniversary Impact Grants make a total of $100,000 available to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that are serving the people and places of Ripley County. Of the total funding available, $25,000 will be made available in each of the Community Foundation’s four service areas. Organizations can request between $1,000 and $25,000 per service area. Eligible applicants are non-profits who identify a plan or program which will leverage an opportunity available within the county, create a sustainable impact amongst one or more communities, can demonstrate cross-sector, cross-community, cross-county collaboration, and can clearly articulate how their organization, or project, aligns with more than one of the Community Foundation’s four service areas.
The 25th Anniversary Grant Application is accessible through the Community Foundation’s website at www.rccfonline.org/grants. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed each month beginning in April, 2022, or until available funding is expended. The first round of grant recipients will be announced on June 21st during the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Annual Dinner, and the second round of grant recipients will be announced on November 4th during the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Annual Day of Giving. Applications will no longer be accepted after Friday, September 9, 2022.
To learn more information about the Ripley County Community Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, please contact Amy Streator by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 812-933-1098, or visiting 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, IN, 47006.