Community Foundation Awards $83,845 in Fall Grant Cycle

WINCHESTER, INDIANA – The Community Foundation of Randolph County presented checks totaling $83,845 to nineteen (19) non-profit organizations supporting Randolph County at the Thanks for Giving Annual Dinner on November 2nd at the new Willow’s Edge Event Center near Winchester. The Foundation stewards its unrestricted dollars to assist non-profits in competitive grant cycles each spring and fall.

“We are proud to be the stewards of community resources that can continue to make Randolph County a better place to live, work and play,” Executive Director Lisa Jennings said. “These grants will inspire good and are milestones for improving our community.”

The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the recommendations made by the Foundation’s Grants Committee, having reviewed applications based on established criteria and scoring. The following organizations received support from the 2023 Fall Grant Cycle:

  • A Community Christmas Corporation, $4,500
    • For a lease-to-own Christmas Light Show
  • Dylan Williams Forever An All Star Foundation, $4,000
    • For a bleacher project at Dylan Williams Memorial Park
  • Farmland Friends Food Pantry, $4,000
    • For the Protein for Randolph County project
  • Fountain Park Cemetery Association, $5,000
    • For the creation of a website
  • Huntsville Community Center, $5,000
    • For a furnace replacement project
  • Jay-Randolph Developmental Services, $4,950
    • For tablets and programming supplies
  • Monroe Central School Corporation, $3,000
    • For performance facility upgrades as part of the “Can You Hear Me Now?” project
  • PAWS Animal Rescue & Shelter, $3,200
    • For purchase and installation of security lights and a windscreen
  • Phi Delta Kappa Foundation, $2,000
    • For Coats for Kids program
  • Randolph Central School Corporation, $6,000
    • For P-TECH’s Laser Vision: Engraving Success with Glowforge
  • Randolph County 4-H Future Needs Committee, $8,300
    • For the 4-H Rabbit and Poultry Improvement Project
  • Randolph County Tourism Commission, $3,000
    • For safe-viewing glasses and the creation and distribution of informational materials related to the April 2024 solar eclipse
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, $5,000
    • For food distributions in Randolph County
  • Town of Losantville, $9,000
    • For improvements to the community building and new playground equipment
  • Union Township, $5,000
    • For community projects, including elderly home improvements, parks and recreation upgrades, and community engagement events
  • Winchester Alumni Association Inc., $2,000
    • For postage expenses
  • Winchester Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund, $2,500
    • For distribution of the Golden Graduate book to members of the Winchester Community High School National Honor Society
  • Winchester Main Street, $4,000
    • For lighting the Randolph County Civil War Monument
  • Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, $3,395
    • For supplies used in the BASE program

Grants were made possible from the generous support of the Foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund; the Riverstart Union Township Endowment Fund; the Union City Community Fund; the EDP Renewables Charitable Fund; the Rural Randolph Cares Agricultural Endowment Fund; the Chris & Doreen Culy Family Charitable Fund; the Jim & Linda Noffsinger Fund; the Joel & Jane Flesher Family Endowment Fund; the Whitacre Family Charitable Fund, In Honor of Lowell and Kathryn Whitacre; the David & Lisa Jennings Charitable Fund; the Randolph County Heroes Fund; and the Wick’s Employees Giving Fund.

The next competitive grant cycle is scheduled for spring with applications due by Friday, March 29, 2024.

Community Foundation of Randolph County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1993, the Community Foundation has helped generous donors to meet community needs, provide scholarship opportunities to local students, and made grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Randolph County. The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success by bringing people and resources together. To learn more, go to or call 765-584-9077.