awards $397,952 in new grants
The Rising Sun Regional Foundation announced that it has awarded
a total of $397,952 in 16 new grants for its 2008 fourth quarter
grants cycle. These grants included:
$7,000 to the Oldenburg Academy toward upgrades to the
stage rigging system in its auditorium.
$3,300 to New Horizons toward start-up expenses of a new
program called Camp JuneBug, a four week day-camp to be conducted
in the summer of 2009 for children with mild, moderate, and severe
$17,285 to the Ripley County Historical Society toward
the purchase of storage and display furniture for its museum.
$21,408 to Ripley County Department of Parks & Recreation
toward a lighting project for the newly purchased six-acre site
adjacent to its fairgrounds park.
$25,830 to St. Marys School in Aurora for several
exterior improvement projects for its students play area
and food pantry facility.
$48,877 to the Batesville Community School Corporation
toward the purchase of ceiling mounted presentation systems throughout
the Batesville Middle School.
$40,000 to South Ripley Community School Corporation toward
the addition of flexible theater seating for its auditeria at
the junior/senior high school.
$12,000 to the St. Louis School in Batesville toward the
purchase of Promethean Interactive White Boards for nine of its
$25,000 to the Aurora Little League toward the construction
of a new concession/restroom/storage facility in one of the City
of Aurora parks.
$5,000 to the Ohio County Community Foundation in honor
of recently retired founding RSRF board member Larry Elliott,
to the Phyllis Brown Memorial Scholarship fund.
$6,205 to Ohio County Historical Society toward expenses
associated with its Civil War reenactment event in 2009.
$33,680 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase of
a new telescopic boom lift for its streets department.
$18,194 to the Rising Sun/Ohio County Community School
Corporation toward the purchase of a new pickup truck with snow
$18,173 to the Ohio County Sheriffs Department toward
the purchase and installation of technology equipment for its
updated public safety system.
$16,000 to the Ohio County Highway Department toward the
purchase of a stand-by emergency generator for its new central
$100,000 to the Rising Sun Retirement Community Task Force
(to be paid over two years) toward the development and implementation
of a strategic plan to effectively attract more retirees to make
their homes in Rising Sun, a broad-based community/economic development
Marianne Wiggers, president of the foundation noted, We
are pleased and proud to have just completed our 12th consecutive
year of grantmaking, totaling in excess of $22 million, to governmental,
educational, and nonprofit organizations in our southeastern Indiana
grants region. She added, Looking forward to 2009
and beyond, however, the increasing uncertainty of both the regional
gaming industry and the general economy has caused us to project
a declining grantmaking capacity in the future. Consequently,
we have also correspondingly reduced our administrative budget
in 2009 to free up additional grant funding.