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LCCF announces grants


The LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF) has awarded a number of grants this year that are benefiting a wide variety of organizations throughout the community. Many of these are geared toward health services and youth development.

A grant to the American Red Cross helped provide lifesaving training of Hands Only CPR during an event at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds. This type of community service programming and more were supported financially through a grant this year by the LCCF to the American Red Cross of LaGrange County.

Other organizations receiving competitive awards in 2012 included the LaGrange County Council on Aging to build access ramps at the homes of special needs residents, Lima-Scott Food Pantry for its weekly food distributions, and KennyBurkett Clinic for its Medical Needs Program.

They also supported the Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center for its Community Domestic Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy Program, Arc Opportunities for “The Arc Needs You” campaign, Veterans Headstone Project to help identify, restore and upgrade veteran headstones and markers, LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department for its educational Summer Parks Program, as well as LaGrange Communities Youth Centers (LCYC) for its Summer Camp Enrichment Program.

The Shipshewana Area Historical Society was assisted in bringing local history education to the county elementary schools and Junior Achievement to help fund Lakeland and Westview student participation at Finance Park.

Through its most recent competitive grant cycle, LCCF has granted over $38,000 in awards to nearly a dozen organizations.

The LIFE Youth Pod also made numerous grant recommendationsto the LCCF Board of Directors for schools and public charities during its fall competitive grant cycle. All were approved and the awards totaled $7,650.

Benefitting organizations included American Red Cross of LaGrange County for its 4th Grade Safety Camp, Lima-Brighton Elementary School for its Student Ambassadors Program, Lakeland School Corporation for Body Safety presentations at Lakeland and Prairie Heights, LCYC for the popular Kite Komotion Kite Flying Clinic, PC’s for Youth for its Computers for Education effort, and Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center in support of its “Outrage” Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Abuse Theatre.

In 2012, every donor’s dollar at LCCF made a difference.