Community Impact Grant

Blue River Community Foundation for Shelby CountyThe Blue River Community Foundation received thirteen grant applications for the Community Impact Grant. A lot of time and effort has gone into the planning and collaborations for these projects. Hats off to all these groups for their efforts! The grant applications have all gone through a rigorous review and scoring process by our Grants Committee and our Board of Directors. The five highest scoring applications are now being moved on for review by the donors. These donors will have until the end of May to submit their votes to the Foundation for the winning project that will be announced at our annual celebration on Tuesday, June 25th. The five projects that are moving on to the donor vote (listed in no particular order) :

  • Shelbyville Parks & Recreation – Requesting the grant funds to help with Phase 1 of the Community Pedestrian/Bicycle Trails System. It would help them to acquire a parcel of land to develop the ‘Trail Head’ and the grant funds could also be used as community match for other grant funds that will be needed.
  • Shelby County Public Library – Their project will involve completing the improvements to the Carnegie East Wing. The space would allow the Genealogy department to move into that space and would also allow for further expansion of other Library programs along with new programs they would like to offer.
  • Strand Theatre – Plans to use the grant funds to complete renovations throughout the theatre to make it handicap accessible and safer for all. They feel that the improvements would extend the life of the Theater and increase the number of residents attending the various shows offered by removing obstacles that keep many from attending now.
  • Healthy Shelby County – This initiative hopes to further establish themselves and positively influence healthier behaviors by implementing programs, marketing strategies and increasing cross sector collaborations to affect many different health behaviors and statistics for Shelby County.
  • Shelby Senior Services – As Shelby County’s numbers of elderly continue to increase, they want to increase their area of service by expanding out into Morristown, Waldron and Fairland. They are currently operating at capacity within their current facility and there is a gap in services for these areas.


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