(Rising Sun, Ind.) - The Rising Sun Regional Foundation has awarded $298,475 in grants to eleven local organizations or municipalities.
The money for the grants comes from Rising Star Casino and Resort. Casino owner Full House Resorts makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its adjusted gross revenue.
“For another quarterly grants cycle, RSRF was able to respond with grants, most of them for lesser amounts than requested, to less than half of the total applications received from throughout the foundation’s grantmaking region,” said RSRF President Marianne Wiggers.
“Again, however, RSRF had the opportunity to continue its ongoing investment in regional education professional development, especially in the area of new technology teaching developments, and in highly financially leveraged capital and equipment grants for a variety of projects.”
The $298,475 is an increase over the $260,000 the foundation awarded in the same grant cycle in 2010.
Here are the eleven new grants as detailed in a foundation press release:
$100,000 to the City of Rising Sun over two years toward the final Phase IV of its multi-year Riverwalk/Riverfront project;
$15,248 to the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation toward professional development of teaching staff to continue to implement its 90-90-90+ corporation mission/vision program, i.e., 90% of students to read at grade level, 90% of students to meet national testing standards, and over 90% of students to graduate from high school;
$3,816 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase of two frame tents to be used as dining tents for its annual Navy Bean Festival;
$14,945 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation toward professional development of staff and teaching faculty at its Aurora Elementary School;
$4,000 to the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, a challenge grant to set up a Dolly Parton Imagination library program in Ripley County;
$18,000 to the Oldenburg Academy, a challenge grant toward the purchase of a smaller activity bus to more efficiently transport student athletes and coaching staff to numerous school supporting events;
$45,000 to the Ripley County Economic Development Corporation toward the purchase of a building in Versailles for its own office as well as offices for the Ripley County Tourism Bureau and the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce;
$20,000 to the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department, a grant to be matched by state and other foundation grants toward the purchase of a new pumper/tanker fire truck;
$14,966 to the Ripley County Commissioners, on behalf of the Ripley County Veteran’s Memorial Committee, to assist in bringing the Vietnam Veterans Moving Memorial to Ripley County in July 2012;
$7,500 to the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, a challenge grant toward the development of an initial master plan for the more complete visitor use of the Versailles State Park; and
$55,000 to the Ripley County Community Foundation toward the implementation of its multi-year Ec015 (Economic Opportunities by 2015) Ripley County Technology Consortium action plan that includes all four of the public community school corporations in Ripley County.