Competitive community grant awards for BRCF’s first grant cycle of 2017 were announced June 28 at the Foundation’s annual meeting. The following organizations received grants:
1. Shelby County Historical Society – $4,934 – Purchase of dress/shirt forms to be used in textile displays and purchase of UV glass for display cases and frames to protect historical artifacts, documents, and photographs.
2. Healthy Shelby County & Shelbyville Parks & Rec – $6,700 – Creation and fabrication of sculptures to be places along Progress Parkway walkway to create an interesting Art Walk.
3. Shelby County Players – $13,000 – Purchase new mobile LED lights and protective cases to help the group as they take their productions around the County to various venues, hopefully reaching a wider audience of people.
1. The ARC of Shelby County – $17,500 – Expansion of the Senses playroom program to help them reach even more children and families in and around Shelby County. The group currently serves around 350 children of all abilities.
2. Girls Inc. of Shelbyville/Shelby County – $16,130 – Purchase and implement a Microsoft YouthSpark program with virtual reality components in their new media/technology center.
3. Gleaners Food Bank – $10,000 – Expansion of programming in Shelby County that will include fresh produce in local food pantries, meal programs, and on the Mobile Pantry visits around Shelby County.
4. Shares, Inc. – $10,000 – Creation of a new adult sensory room at the Shelbyville Shares facility.
5. Shelby County Fair Association – $6,993 – Purchase of 350 new folding chairs to be used at the Fairgrounds throughout the year for a wide variety of different programs.
6. Shelby County Youth Assistance Program – $6,960 – Scholarships to various summer camp programs for their youth participants.
7. Shelby County Babe Ruth – $5,754 – Addition of handicapped parking spaces at the park. This is a final phase of the handicap accessible plan for the park that began a few years ago.
8. Shelbyville Central Schools – $3,500 – Doc Speaks program for all staff. They are working to change the thinking and culture of their entire organization as they move to a new curriculum.
9. Shelby County Public Library – $2,000 – Support for the Summer Reading programming.
10. Shelby Senior Services – $1,260 – Computers for some new computer classes.