The Foundation Board is awarding Community Grants up to $1,000. If your project is over $1,000, there will be additional requirements.
Grants will be chosen each month for the entire year, and all areas of the county will be represented.
Grant applications are accepted year-round
Exciting News for Warren County Community Foundation
November 30, 2018
Warren County Community Foundation has received a grant of $500,000 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. With GIFT VII, the Endowment is making up to $125 million available to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties they serve.
Warren County Community Foundation can use this matching fund grant to build our financial assets and support our charitable activities. At least two-thirds of the matching fund grant must be designated to support the growth of Warren County Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments, which over time will provide flexibility to help the foundation to meet community needs. The Endowment will provide $2 for every $1 contributed to Warren County Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments during the matching period, October 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020.
Warren County Community Foundation may choose to designate up to one-third of the matching fund grant to support the foundation’s own operating needs or specific community or charitable projects. The Endowment will provide 50 cents for every $1 that Warren County Community Foundation raises during the matching period for these purposes.
Sandra Frasch, the President of the Warren County Community Board of Directors said, “As the Warren County Community Foundation begins the Lilly Endowment GIFT VII initiative, the possibilities of meeting the needs of our county seem incredible. This GIFT allows us to identify, prioritize, develop and implement a plan for Warren County. By including representation from all areas of our county, we can focus on the most critical needs that our county faces at this time. Strengthening our county and building assets will be our main emphasis during this GIFT VII cycle. We encourage all of you to be a part of this excellent opportunity by giving of your time, talents, and financial support. As your Foundation and with your assistance, we will continue to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership in Warren County.”
The Warren County Community Foundation was founded in 1998. In the 20 years of its existence the Foundation has grown to 4.25 million dollars. There are 87 funds that make up the Warren County Community Foundation.
The GIFT initiative is part of Lilly Endowment’s grantmaking to strengthen Indiana communities and has been a priority of the Endowment since the first phase of GIFT in 1990. The initiative’s primary aim is to help Indiana community foundations develop the philanthropic capacity to identify, prioritize and address local opportunities and challenges.
To encourage the engagement of Warren County Community Foundation’s board of directors, the Endowment also will award an additional $100,000 unrestricted grant if the foundation achieves 100 percent financial support from our board members during the period January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
Starting in 2019, Warren County Community Foundation will have the opportunity to apply for more funds through GIFT VII’s community leadership grants. This component includes both planning and implementation grants, which are available to help the foundation deepen its understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing its community; convene key local stakeholders and explore how it can effectively play a leadership role in implementing initiatives and strategies that enhance the quality of life in Warren County.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support causes of community development, education and religion. Lilly Endowment’s community development grantmaking is designed to support efforts that enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis and Indiana.
October 30,2018- AT&T News Release- Job training in 4 counties to benefit from computers, new equipment funded by AT&T Aspire contribution
AT&T awards $10,000 to Warren Co. Community Foundation in support of Warren Co. Learning Center
WILLIAMSPORT, Ind., Oct. 30, 2018 — Ten-thousand dollars ($10,000) from the AT&T Aspire initiative for the Warren Co. Community Foundation has allowed the Warren Co. Learning Center (WCLC) to purchase computers and other new equipment that will boost job training programs in 4 counties.
Serving all or parts of Warren, Benton, Fountain and Vermillion counties, the WCLC is focused on student-driven learning, increased retention and graduation rates. While its first priority is to assist students in obtaining their high school equivalency diploma, the center recognizes that students will be even more successful if they obtain training beyond their diploma.
To encourage a student’s education post-high school, the WCLC offers courses in welding, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Microsoft Office Specialist and other areas that lead to vocational certifications. AT&T’s Aspire contribution will specifically support the increased technology needs that these courses require.
“The new equipment will be instrumental in helping to promote an atmosphere of opportunity and growth at the Learning Center within our community,” said State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica). “Partnerships like this are key to building a highly skilled workforce that is ready to take on jobs of the future.”
The WCLC’s home base is Williamsport, but it offers programming at a total of 8 different sites to better serve students throughout the region.
“Partnerships with the business community are key to our success, and more important, to the success of our young people,” said Warren County Community Foundation Executive Director Michele Stucky. “This AT&T Aspire contribution will help us do even more good work in these 4 counties and support our students as they are determining their career paths.”
AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company – and our country – for the future. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, we’ve committed $450 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. AT&T Aspire brings together the power of our network – our employees, our technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training.
“For our state and country to succeed in the 21st century, our workforce needs the right skills,” said AT&T Indiana Director of External Affairs Matt Long. “So, we’re proud to support efforts like this, which are creating opportunities for people to assess their strengths and move in to rewarding careers.”
About Warren Co. Community Foundation
The Warren County Community Foundation's mission is to unite friends of Warren County in serving donors, awarding grants, and providing leadership to create lasting legacies. The Foundation exists to help friends of Warren County find ways to fulfill their dreams of making our immediate world a better place today and tomorrow. Just as we enjoy the heritage created by those who came before us, each of us has the ability to create and build endowments that turn dreams into reality... For Good. For Ever. For Warren County.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.