CFSCI Announces Grants Recently Awarded

The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. (CFSCI) has awarded 17 unrestricted grants so far in 2020.  These grants come from CFSCI’s unrestricted endowments, which have been established by donors that want to contribute to the overall well-being of Switzerland County.  Unrestricted grants are awarded through CFSCI’s three competitive grants programs:  Small Project Grants, Large Project Grants and Leadership Grants.

Small Project Grants are for requests of $2,000 or under.  There are no application deadlines for these grant requests but the last day to apply in 2020 is December 1st. 

  • $2,000 to Jeff-Craig Elementary School to purchase back-to-school supplies for each classroom.
  • $2,000 to Moorefield Community Fire Department to purchase a grain bin rescue unit.
  • $1,986 to Safe Passage for art supplies for their new Therapeutic Art Workshop. This program is designed for adults and children to help both deal with domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • $2,000 to Switzerland County Elementary School to purchase back-to-school supplies for each classroom.
  • $2,000 to the Switzerland County Health Department for their Indigent Care Fund.
  • $2,000 to the Switzerland County Historical Society to assist with the Burley Farm Native American Finds.
  • $1,000 to the Switzerland County Public Library for their 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program.
  • $1,998 to the Switzerland County School Corporation to purchase updates to the Project Lead the Way curriculum that needs to be implemented during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • $2,000 to the Switzerland County School Corporation to assist in the creation of an android and apple app to enhance communication from the school system to parents and students.
  • $1,000 to the Town of Patriot for their Bicentennial Celebration.

Large Project Grants are for requests of over $2,000.  The application deadlines for these grants were the first business day of April and July.  The remaining Large Project Grants deadline for 2020 is on the first business day of October, which falls on October 1st this year.

  • $5,000 to the Switzerland County Angel Tree for their 2020 Christmas program.  The Angel Tree helps an average of 350 children each year.
  • $5,000 to the Jeff Craig Fire Department to help purchase a pump for the well water station in Lamb.  The fire department is putting a fire station in Craig Township.  Currently, there is no water access to fill up pumper trucks at that end of Switzerland County.
  • $7,000 to Switzerland County EMS to help purchase an ambulance power load system.  This automatically lifts the patient and stretcher in and out of the ambulance.
  • $2,100 to Switzerland County High School to purchase banners for the graduating class of 2020.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation ceremony was postponed until July so the banners served as recognition to the high school seniors for their achievements.
  • $25,000 to the Switzerland County YMCA to assist with the purchase and installation of a pool HVAC and hot water heater that is needed not only to control the humidity in the pool area but to maintain the stability of the building.

Leadership Grants specifically cover fees for staff and volunteers to attend conferences, workshops and webinars or to bring in facilitators for board/staff retreats. Hotel accommodations may also be covered, but food or travel expenses will not be covered.

  • $1,500 to Jeff Craig Fire and Rescue to attend the CPSE Excellence Conference.
  • $675 to Safe Passage for two sexual assault therapists to attend EMDR Therapy Training with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.

The following unrestricted endowments provide funding for CFSCI’s unrestricted grant making each year: 

  • Pamela Wilson Acton Community Fund
  • Mike & Melissa Andrew Community Fund
  • Arvin Sango Community Fund
  • The Bond Family Community Fund
  • Nate Christman & Chester Meisberger Memorial Community Fund
  • Community Foundation Board & Alumni Community Fund
  • William & Kathy Day Community Fund
  • Duke Energy Community Fund
  • First Financial Community Fund
  • Lowell & Luanne Green Family Community Fund
  • Kiwanis Club of Vevay, Inc. Community Fund
  • Roger A. May Memorial Community Fund
  • Peters/Lester Family Community Fund
  • Joe & Mary Ann Ricketts Community Fund
  • Jeanette Christine “Chrissy” Ridener Community Fund
  • Renny Rieman Remembrance Community Fund
  • Schmitt/Osborn Family Community Fund
  • Switzerland County Community Fund
  • Vevay Deposit Bank Community Fund
  • Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation Community Fund
  • Vevay High School (1863-1968) Alumni Community Fund
  • Vevay Switzerland County Lions Club Community Fund

CFSCI is currently offering a matching gift program for anyone interested in establishing an unrestricted endowment.  For more information, please contact Melissa Andrew at 812-427-9160 or

CFSCI administers four other types of endowment funds besides unrestricted and they include designated, donor advised, field of interest and scholarships. 

Designated Funds are created by donors wishing to provide support to one or more specific charitable organizations of their choice.  The Community Foundation awarded a total of $109,850 from 24 different designated funds in 2020.

Donor Advised Funds provide donors with an ongoing opportunity to recommend grants from their fund subject to approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Three donor advisors have recommended grants so far in 2020:

  • $100 to the American Legion to help pay postage for the summer packages mailed to troops from Switzerland County.
  • $200 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana for general support.
  • $250 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana for general support.

Field of Interest Grants are awarded from CFSCI’s Field of Interest Funds, which are endowments created by a donor to support a particular area of interest such as youth, the arts, education, needs of the elderly, etc.  So far in 2020, three grants have been awarded from field of interest funds.

  • $1,267.85 to assist Switzerland County residents fighting cancer and undergoing treatment from the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund.
  • $1,000 to the Town of Patriot for their Bicentennial Celebration from the Vevay Switzerland County Bicentennial Fund.
  • $600 to Vevay Main Street for their annual flowerpot project from the Ron and Marylou Hocker Fund.

Scholarships are awarded in May of each year to students pursuing post-secondary educations.  The Community Foundation recently awarded $67,900 in scholarships to 52 different students.

For organizations interested in applying for an unrestricted grant, visit the Community Foundation’s website at or contact Pam Acton at the Foundation’s office.  She can be reached at 812-427-9160 or

Community Foundation of Switzerland County Inc.

303 Ferry St, Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: (812) 427-9160