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Wayne County Foundation awards $169,097 in spring grant cycle

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $169,097 to twenty-nine local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

“The wide range of projects and initiatives proposed for this cycle was especially impressive,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “We have no doubt that the ones selected for funding will have a meaningful impact on our community.”

All of the Foundation’s community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and endowed field-of-interest funds.

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its May meeting:

Animal Care Alliance

To purchase four stainless steel specialty tables


Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County

To help purchase computers and access points


Brighter Path Inc.

To purchase a wheelchair lift for the facility


Christian Charities

In support of Backpack Blessings and Food Recovery



Circle U Help Center, Inc.

In support of meal services


Communities In Schools of Wayne County

In support of the site coordination program


Cope Environmental Center

In support of the Families in the Forest project


Diplomas Inc

For tuition to keep 4 teen parents and 2 children in school for a whole school year


Dublin Public Library

To replace flooring and repaint inside the library


Dudas Inspiration Venue for the Arts

In support of the DIVA Improv workshop


Every Child Can Read

In support of the Third Grade Academy


Gateway Food Pantry

For food and transportation expenses


Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

In support of the Healthy Food for Families program

in Wayne County


Hagerstown Nettle Creek Players

In support of the 2018 Summer Stock Season


Details of the Foundation’s Challenge Match are being finalized. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site ( or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

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