Grant applications not accepted by RCCF
Wanda English Burnett
The board of the Ripley County Community Foundation (RCCF) has
decided that Small Grant applications ($500 or less) for 2009
will not be accepted. That announcement was made by Jennifer Darnold,
RCCF Grants Committee Chair at the annual meeting held July 8
at the South Ripley Elementary School. The RCCF will grant in
the normal Fall Grant cycle, with a limit in the grant request
amount of $2500 and will give priority to grants that relieve
human suffering, according to Darnold.
For those organizations interested in applying for a grant, they
should contact the RCCF for Intent to Apply forms. These forms
are due by August 14 with grant applications mailed to qualifying
organizations by August 28 and due back to the RCCF by September
The 2009 RCCF Scholars and Lilly Endowment Community Scholars
were recognized. According to Program Officer Jane Deiwert, there
were 27 total Lilly scholarships given by the RCCF over the past
10 years. This year eight finalists were chosen from a total of
75, according to Deiwert.
The 2009 Lilly scholarship winners are Gerald Hardesty, son of
David and Jennifer Hardesty of Ogsood, and Valorie Wagner, daughter
of Dennis and Flora Wagner, also of Osgood. Hardesty and Wagner
will receive a full tuition plus an $800 per year stipend for
books and fees.
The RCCF Scholars will receive a $1000 scholarship which was awarded
to Chelsea Durham, daughter of Sam and Nancy Durham of Versailles;
Audrey Huffmeyer, daughter of Doug and Susan Huffmeyer of Osgood;
Tess Kuntz, daughter of John and Katharine Kuntz of Batesville;
Ryan Hartman, son of Bill and Barb Hartman of Batesville; Christopher
Meyer, son of Greg and Cindy Meyer of Batesville; and Clinton
Ed Scherer-Berry, RCCF Marketing Committee Chair, explained the
Kroger Neighborhood Rewards promotion. He said RCCF will receive
4% within a four-week period when reloads total $5000. Those interested
in helping RCCF in this way can purchase a $25 gift card from
their offices or from Kroger and reload the card before making
grocery purchases. Contact RCCF for more information on this promotion.
Jim Leveille, president of the Big Oaks Conservation Society,
presented a slide show featuring the improvements to Old Timbers
Lodge made possible by a grant from RCCF and a Preserve America
grant. According to Leveille, the funds went towards electrical
improvements such as upgrading the wiring and power boxes within
The main goals of the BOCS are preservation of the lodge; increase
use and public knowledge; and to continue to make improvements.
Leveille said the BOCS depends on volunteers to accomplish these
goals. For more information on the Big Oaks Conservation Society,
visit www.bigoaks.org or call 812-273-0783.
RCCF Executive Director Sally Morris presented the Executive Directors
Award to board member Bill Van Hook. He is a true example
of what a board member should be, said Morris. Van Hook
has been very active with the RCCF. He has been a past president
of the board, as well as serving on various committees.
For more information on grant requirements or to read the 2008
annual report, visit www.rccfonline.org or contact the office