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Spring 2018 Grant Cycle Awards $75,350

The Community Foundation of Wabash County distributed $75,350 in its 2018 spring grant cycle, supporting local nonprofits that meet the urgent needs of county citizens or provide opportunities for people with minimal resources. Nineteen organizations were awarded grants for projects in education, the arts, food insecurity, and support for youth.


85 Hope received a grant to provide medical care to Wabash County residents without medical insurance.

The Access Youth Center was awarded a grant to purchase storage and organizational items to create a more efficient donation center.

Advantage Housing will use grant money to support the Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention program, which will help Wabash County residents who need assistance with housing solutions.

Blessings in a Backpack received funding to support their program, which provides food assistance for area school children.

Foundation for Art & Music in Education was awarded a grant to present the Wabash FAME Festival. The 2018 Festival theme is “On the Reef” and will celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific islands.

Honeywell Foundation will use a CFWC grant to support the Honeywell Center Visual and Performing Arts Summer Art and Theatre programs, which provides the opportunity to all Wabash students, age 7-20, to participate in a high quality theatre or visual arts.

Hoosier Shakes received a grant to help support the production of Shakespeare in the Gardens, which will include performances of Henry IV Part 1 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Charley Creek Gardens.

Lagro Canal Foundation will utilize a CFWC grant to replace the roof system and preserve three historic buildings in Lagro.

Lark’s Song and the Wabash County YMCA will use grant funds to host a Superhero Camp designed to provide anger management and emotional wellness training for SPARK participants.

Little Friends Day Care received a grant to purchase Big Blue Blocks from Imagination Playground for the gross motor area to allow children to exercise their large muscles and encourage physical health and growth.

Living Well in Wabash County will utilize a grant to help update the technology required to manage the Wabash County Transit, which provides affordable transportation to Wabash County residents.

Manchester Fellowship of Churches was awarded a grant to offset the cost of renovating the church’s Market Street Building, which houses the Thrift Shop, Thursday’s Child, and the REACH office.

New Beginnings Ministries received a grant to help purchase sobriety accountability equipment and curriculum materials for the men in their program.

North Manchester Parks and Recreation will use grant money to renovate the existing basketball court and baseball field located at the Town Life Center.

Second Harvest Food Bank was awarded a grant to support the implementation of the School Pantry Program in Wabash County, which will provide supplemental food assistance to families of OJ Neighbours Elementary School students.

Wabash Area Community Theater received a grant to support the production of “The Princess and the Pea – Once Upon a Mattress.”

Wabash County 4-H Council will use a CFWC grant to support the “Makers Movement,” which allows Wabash County youth to participate in science base learning and life skills through hands on and inquiry based learning.

Wabash County 4-H Council was awarded a grant to support the Power of Produce (POP) Program, which provides kids ages 3-12 a fun opportunity to engage in the local food system.

Wabash Inclusive Playground received a grant towards the construction of the playground, which provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to come together experience play equally.


The Good Deeds grant program was established in 1993 to ensure that unrestricted grant money would be available to the Wabash community to support nonprofits and fund initiatives and programs aimed at advancing educational attainment and supporting citizens with critical needs. To date, more than $4.5 million has been distributed from the Good Deeds Endowment. Grants are awarded twice a year – April 15 and October 15. Guidelines and applications for the upcoming Fall 2018 grant cycle are available online at www.cfwabash.org. Contributions to the Good Deeds Endowment can be sent to the Community Foundation of Wabash County, 105 West Second Street, Suite 100, North Manchester.