Community Foundation Awards $6,700 in Grants So Far This Year

posted Apr 28, 2017, 2:50 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:33 PM ]

Linda Lewandowski, Kid's Closet Exec. Dir and Sarah Origer.

The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) has awarded $6,700 in grants so far in 2017. This is the first year that the SCCF has removed deadlines for many of its grant applications.

A Community Support Grant of $5,000 was awarded to Kids’ Closet for its new outreach facility. The building will house both Kids’ Closet and the Food Pantry, two organizations that work to provide services for Starke County residents. In 2016 alone, Kids’ Closet served more than 900 children, and the Food Pantry served more than 1,800 individuals. Due to the increasing need for services, both organizations will greatly benefit from a new facility in which supplies can be stored, organized, and distributed.

Starke County Community Corrections also received a Community Support Grant. This $1,200 grant will provide nutritional food for families attending the Family Seminar at the Regional Therapeutic Community in the Starke County Justice Center. The seminars provide the opportunity for offenders to have interactions with loved ones, which provides social support as they complete the addiction and recovery program. During the seminars, loved ones also engage in helpful workshops.

A $500 community education grant was given to the North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School’s Girls on the Run program. Girls on the Run is a youth development program that integrates education and physical fitness. It also seeks to inspire third, fourth, and fifth grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The girls meet after school for ten weeks, and they will complete a community impact project at the end of the course.

SCCF grant applications are available and will be accepted throughout the year. For more information, contact SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer at or by calling 574-772-3665.