11 Indiana charitable orgs receive SIA Foundation grants

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The SIA Foundation awarded $37,756.36 in grants to 11 Indiana charitable organizations during the June 2011 Grant Awards Ceremony at SIA’s Training & Reception Center on Wednesday, June 8.  The grants represent not-for-profit organizations in: Tippecanoe, Clinton, Cass, Marion, St. Joseph, Hamilton and Howard Counties.  This was the largest number of grants and highest dollar amount the SIA Foundation has ever awarded at one time.  Representatives from the charitable organizations along with the SIA Foundation Board of Directors and members of the Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. Operations Committee attended the Foundation’s grant celebration.

Reps from the Indiana charitable orgs who received SIA Foundation Grants

Representatives from the 11 Indiana charitable organizations who were presented with grants from the SIA Foundation.

Indiana not-for-profit organizations which seek funding for capital projects in one of three areas – arts and culture, health and welfare, or education – are eligible to apply for SIA Foundation Grants which are awarded in June and December each year. Information on the SIA Foundation Grants may be found at www.siafoundation.org.

SIA Foundation Grant recipient organizations for the June 2011 grant cycle are:

Clinton County Boys & Girls Club, Clinton County – $2500.00
This grant will be used to purchase an interactive whiteboard to help the club better coordinate their after-school homework assistance program.

The Hutson School – Marion County – $2500.00
This grant will be used to purchase Safeco AlphaBetter desks to be used with students who have ADHD.

Center for the Homeless – St. Joseph County – $3,000.00
This grant will help purchase a sturdy greenhouse to extend the Center Community Garden’s growing season.  The garden is cultivated by 215 guests of the Center. Over 10,000 meals have been supplemented at the Center with fresh vegetables from the Center garden.

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Auxiliary – Tippecanoe County – $1500.00
The grant will be used to purchase an additional computer and UPC scanner to complete their new point-of-sale system in their gift shops at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East and Central.  Proceeds from the gift shops fund: halo sacks for every newborn, clothing for patients at dismissal who have their clothing cut off during emergencies and car seats for families in need to leave the hospital.

Tippecanoe County Childcare – Tippecanoe County – $4018.00
This grant will be used to renovate the kitchen at the Dennis Burton Early Care and Education Center facility located in Lafayette.  The renovation is necessary in order to bring the kitchen back to full functionality. Since its inception, the Dennis Burton Early Care and Education Center has served over 21,000 meals to children who utilize their facility.

Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc. – Hamilton County – $3750.00
This grant will be used to purchase a variety of horse-related equipment for use within therapy sessions and the barn. With a full caseload of approximately 170 therapy hours per week, the current equipment experiences heavy use. TherAplay treats special needs children from throughout Central Indiana including children diagnosed with autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and more

Tree Lafayette – Tippecanoe County – $1,500.00
This grant will be used to purchase essential pruning equipment, watering tanks and tree safety works signage. Tree Lafayette plants street trees and prunes trees on a volunteer basis for the City of Lafayette. Their work accounts for virtually all the new street trees and pruning in Lafayette.

Camptown, Inc. – Marion County – $5,853.00
This grant will be used to add and replace outdoor gear and equipment.  Camptown has grown from serving 174 youth in 2004 to over 2,900 in 2010.  Most of their backpacks, sleeping bags and tents are over 15 years old.  Safe, reliable equipment is an essential element in outdoor experiential programs such as Camptown, Inc.

Historic Prophetstown – Tippecanoe County – $5,300.00
Historic Prophetstown’s mission is to farm productively and efficiently using an alternative source of power.  Their requested grant project is to purchase a ground-driven power take off (or pto) cart which allows a mower, rake or bailer to run on horsepower only. This will further enhance the student farming options and may reduce their need to purchase or use gasoline-powered equipment to produce their own feed.

Emmaus Mission Center – Cass County – $2,835.36
The mission of Emmaus is to provide food, clothing and shelter, training and guidance for those in need in Cass County.  Emmaus also has a food pantry as part of the Center.  It is the largest food pantry within a 30-mile radius and distributed food to 11,616 individuals in 2010. Five of our eight chest freezers are over 10 years old, are not energy efficient and have numerous issues, causing food product loss.  We are requesting grant funds to purchase one 47 cubic foot, Turbo Air, two-door freezer.  This quality unit should provide maintenance-free refrigeration for many years to come.

Angel Food Ministry/Main Street United Methodist Church – Howard County – $5,000.00
The mission of Emmaus is to provide food, clothing and shelter, training and guidance for those in need in Cass County.  Emmaus also has a food pantry as part of the Center.  It is the largest food pantry within a 30-mile radius and distributed food to 11,616 individuals in 2010.  One-third of the food requires refrigeration.  Five of our eight chest freezers are over 10 years old, are not energy efficient and have numerous issues, causing food product loss.  We are requesting grant funds to purchase one 47 cubic foot, Turbo Air, two-door freezer.  This quality unit should provide maintenance-free refrigeration for many years to come.

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