Community Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

The Dubois County Community Foundation announces the grant recipients of its 2013 round of competitive grantmaking.  These grants are made possible by broad-based community funds established by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations.  The Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $125,140 which is part of the $425,000 total grant dollars distributed throughout the year.

Grants were awarded to the following Health and Social Services organizations:  Dubois County Special Olympics to take 40 to 50 individuals with disabilities to Terre Haute to participate in the Indiana Special Olympics Summer Games; Dubois-Pike-Warrick Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. d/b/a/ TRI-CAP to supplement the Dubois County Emergency Fund Account; Celestine Volunteer Fire Department for a new pumper truck; Providence Home Health Care Center to increase the mobility of residents with the purchase of a new van; Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County for partial funding of two home builds; Crisis Connection, Inc. for a safe housing/homeless prevention project; and Happy Tails, Helping Hands for a Lost Animals Building Project.

Grants were awarded to the following Historic Preservation organizations:  Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition for continued riverfront development and the Dubois County Museum for audio tours of museum exhibit areas.

Grants were awarded to the following Arts and Culture organizations:   Jasper Community Arts Commission for the Chalk Walk, an outdoor family festival with art, entertainment, food and activities for people of all ages and for summer ARTventures, six weeks of adventures for children in the areas of visual, musical and dramatic arts and the Town of Ferdinand for the Ferdinand amphitheater project.

Grants were awarded to the following Youth and Education organizations:  HUMmingbird Day Care Ministry for an infant and toddler expansion; Huntingburg Teenage Canteen, Inc. for an update of technology equipment; and for the Indiana Golf Foundation, Inc. for “The First Tee of South Central Indiana”, a program to introduce the values of integrity, respect and perseverance to our youth through the game of golf.

Grants were awarded to the following Park and Recreation organizations:  Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America for the Old Ben Scout Reservation Equipment Capital Campaign; Birdseye Park Department for the construction of a walking trail; and Dubois County Leadership Academy for emergency assistance lighted towers to be installed at the Riverwalk.

Grants were awarded to the following Broad Based organizations:  Dubois Strong for “Dubois County Angel Investment Network”, a program to network successful entrepreneurs with start-up companies; and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department for support of the K-9 program.

These grants were made possible by the following broad-based community funds established by family and individuals:   Roger W. Brown Memorial Endowment;  Philip E. and Gloria Buecher, Sheila Buecher, and Jayme McComas Family Endowment;  Donna and Joe Buehler Endowment Fund;  Victor and Irene Dippel Charitable Endowment; Charlotte and John Donan Family Endowment;  Damian Eversman, M.D. Memorial Endowment; Hilbert and Mary Jane Fischer Family Endowment; Dr. Charles and Dolores Flannagan Endowment;  Albert H. and LaVern C. Fleck Family Endowment;  Madonna Rose Fleck Memorial Endowment Established by Leon and Elfrieda Fleck and Family; Fritch/Jones Family Endowment;  Jerome F. and Dolores Habig Family Endowment Fund;  Bill and Ruth Hauser Endowment;  Bob and Pat Hedinger Charitable Endowment;  Keith G. and Anita W. Hedinger Family Endowment;  Don and Marilyn (Haas) Hopster and Robert Haas and Patricia Hopster Endowment;  Jerry C. and Joyce A. Jackle Endowment;  Andrew C. and Valada Klem Endowment; R.B. and Lucille Knies Family Endowment; Kenneth W. and Mary Lee (Nordhoff) Kraft Endowment; Alan and Brenda Kunkel Charitable Endowment;  Larry and Carolyn Kuntz Endowment;  Gary and Judy Lautzenhiser Family Endowment;  Urban and Lillian Merkel Family Endowment;  Paul and Sandra Nolting Endowment;  Jan and Bill Rubino Endowment Fund;  Betty Jo Salb Family Endowment;  Friends of Karen Schwinghammer Endowment;  Albert (Jack) and Carol Sternberg Endowment;  and John T. and Marilyn A. Thyen Endowment.

These grants were made possible by the following broad-based community funds established by businesses and organizations:  Bob Luegers Motors Endowment; BR Associates, Inc. Endowment;  Dubois County General Endowment;  German American Community Endowment; Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association Endowment;  Jasper Engines and Transmissions Endowment;  Jasper High School Class of 1943 Endowment;  Jasper Novelty Furniture Endowment;  Jasper Seating Company, Inc. Endowment;  Jasper Wood Products Company Endowment;  JOFCO Inc. Endowment; MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. Endowment;  Old National Bank Endowment;  and Universal Design Associates, Inc. Endowment.

These grants were also made possible by the following field-of-interest funds:   Community Impact Fund, Dubois County Health Professionals Endowment, Ewing Properties Endowment,  Anthony P. and Audrey Habig Endowment,  Clem and Mary Lange Best Chairs Endowment for the Benefit of Ferdinand, Holland, and St. Henry, and R. P. and Mary Olinger Endowment Fund.

The Dubois County Community Foundation is a public charitable foundation that supports donors in their charitable giving and awards grants to effective nonprofit organizations serving Dubois County with over $8.5 million in grants having been distributed.  The Foundation’s goal is to connect community members with the needs they care about most and empower them to make a difference in Dubois County through philanthropy. For more information on the Foundation, visit or call 812-482-5295.