SIA awards record amount of grants

SIA Grant Foundation presented nine awards to charitable organizations in Indiana. (Photo Provided/SIA)
SIA Grant Foundation presented nine awards to charitable organizations in Indiana. (Photo Provided/SIA)
SIA Grant Foundation held its ceremony to present the June cycle awards to nine non-for-profit organizations in Indiana. (Photo Provided/SIA)
SIA Grant Foundation held its ceremony to present the June cycle awards to nine non-for-profit recipients in Indiana. (Photo Provided/SIA)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The SIA Foundation awarded a record amount of grants to a handful of Indiana non-for-profits on Tuesday.

The grants, totaling almost $60,000, were given to nine deserving Indiana charitable organizations. SIA officials said this is the second time that two $10,000 grants have been awarded for one cycle.

Indiana not-for-profit organizations can seek funding for capital projects in one of three areas – arts and culture, health and welfare, or education. SIA Foundation Grants are awarded twice a year in June and December.

SIA Foundation Grant recipient organizations for the June 2014 grant cycle include:

$10,000 – Witham Family YMCA, Boone County
The Witham Family YMCA will build an outdoor area that will provide a safe and positive environment for the community to engage in activities. Funding will irrigate and seed the roughly one-acre of land adjacent to their building, and will be named Subaru Sports Field.

$10,000 – At The Cross Mission, Posey County
At The Cross Mission provides meals to individuals who are unemployed, homeless, live on fixed incomes, families or anyone else who needs a meal. This grant will be used to purchase new kitchen equipment to better prepare and store meals.

$9,641 – Cardinal Stage Company, Monroe County
The Cardinal Stage Company will be hosting a regional school tour, launching in Fall 2014, with a stage adaptation of Bill Bryson’s science themed bestseller, ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything.’ This science based show will be performed in 40 schools, and will be seen by 10,000+ elementary and middle schools students throughout the region. Funds will be used to purchase sound equipment that will be utilized on the tour, and afterwards return to the Cardinal Stage Company.

$8,400 – Horizon House, Marion County
Horizon House is the only multi-service day shelter in Central Indiana that offers comprehensive on-site services exclusively to persons experiencing homelessness. This grant will be used to purchase 100 new chairs for the Day Room at Horizon House, which is where clients interact and share with one another.

$7,000 – Attica Elementary School, Fountain County
This grant to purchase a rock climbing wall that will be installed in the school’s gymnasium. Fitness bands that will attach to the wall will also be purchased to help students build muscle and enhance coordination.

$5,744 – Jefferson High School Boys Volleyball Club, Tippecanoe County
The boys volleyball club has official recognition from the Lafayette School Corp. and Jefferson High School’s Athletic Department, but are responsible for their own financing. Funds from this grant will go towards purchasing
uniforms and equipment.

$4,971 – Project Sweet Peas, Tippecanoe County
Project Sweet Peas provides care packages to every family whose infant experiences a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at both IU Health Arnett and St. Elizabeth East Hospitals. This grant will go towards purchasing items to be included in the care packages.

$2,462 – Child & Parent Services, Elkhart County
The Child and Family Advocacy Center (CFAC), one of only four fully accredited child advocacy centers in Indiana, will enhance its video system with the purchase of a pan/tilt/zoom camera and new monitor for interviewing children for court purposes when sexual abuse is suspected.

$1,630 – South Newton School Corporation, Newton County
This grant will be used to fund the LEGO Education Build To Express. This is a class set of LEGO bricks specifically formulated to facilitate teaching methods with hands-on manipulatives. Each student will utilize a container of 200 bricks in order to create models that express building tasks.

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