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Grant Program Categories and Due Dates

Grant Program Categories

As a charitable foundation, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation addresses the broad needs of the residents in its grantmaking region. The Foundation’s grantmaking generally falls into the following categories:

Community Development
to include support of projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, housing, historic preservation, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities;

Education
to include support for programs in pre-school, elementary, and secondary education, post-secondary education, and for special education programs, including scholarship programs;

Human Services
to include the support of human service related programs in the areas of children and youth, senior citizens, disadvantaged populations, etc.;

Cultural Affairs
to include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified regional cultural program that offers wide-spread opportunities for participation and appreciation;

Health and Medical
to include the support of health and medical-related programs.

 

Grant Application Due Dates

January 15*
April 15*
July 15*
October 15*

* If this date happens to be on a Saturday,
Sunday, or national holiday, the grant application
deadline will be the next following business day.
* Applications are due in the Foundation office
by 5:00 p.m. local time on application deadline
dates as published above.

Grant applications can be downloaded here: RSRF grant application

$250,550 Awarded in Grants in Second Quarter 2015

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $250,550 in 15 new grants in the last quarter. These grants included:

• $40,000 to the Ohio County Community Foundation for matching funds for Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VI program;

• $8,650 to the Ohio County Commissioners toward a grinder sewage system for its animal shelter;

• $4,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward new cabinetry for the clerk treasurer’s office;

• $5,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase of a pool vacuum for the community pool;

• $2,500 to the Ohio County Convention, Tourism, & Visitors Commission toward expenses for the 2015 Regatta;

• $18,000 to the Town of Versailles as a local match for its state (IOCRA) grant application for a storm drainage project;

• $40,000 to the Town of Holton as a local match for its state (IOCRA) grant application for storm drainage project;

• $5,000 to the Versailles Lions Club, on behalf of the Versailles American Legion, for the start-up of an American Legion Junior Shooting Program;

• $15,000 to the South Ripley Community School Corporation toward technology equipment called Mediascape;

• $40,000 to the Batesville Fire & Rescue and Morris Fire Department for 40 sets of SCBA air packs and compressors;

• $18,400 to the City of Aurora toward its Energy Light Savings Replacement program;

• $7,000 to the Oldenburg Academy toward upgrades for its electronic music lab;

• $40,000 to the Milan Community Emergency Relief toward construction of a building for a new food pantry;

• $5,000 to the Milan Community School Corporation toward the purchase of sound amplification systems; and

• $2,000 to the Batesville Youth Football League toward the purchase of helmets and instructional equipment.

“We feel very fortunate that we are able to continue to work with community members and organizations, and help them meet some of the needs within our region,” said Jerry Smith, RSRF Board President. “The partnerships between community leaders, foundations, and nonprofit organizations continue to grow, especially during these challenging times.”

Grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next application deadline is July 15, and applications are available at www.rsrfonline.org.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation began its grantmaking program in early 1997, which it has continued to implement. It is funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, owned by Full House Resorts, Inc., which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its Adjusted Gross Revenue.

Rising Sun Regional Foundation Awards $46,000 in Scholarships

Rising Sun Regional Foundation Awards $46,000 in Scholarships

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation announced that it has awarded a total of $46,000 in scholarship grants to 46 graduating seniors who reside in Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora, the foundation’s southeastern Indiana grantmaking region. Each student has received a $1,000 scholarship award.

Recipients of these RSRF scholarships are:

Batesville Community School Corporation
Kaitlin Cole, Elizabeth Cuttle, Megan Doll, Grant Greene, Kollin Macke, and Rachel Merkel.

East Central Community School Corporation
Claudia Armbruster, Odette Cortes, Jordan Doll, Megan Martin, Olivia Quick, and Rachael Struewing.

Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation
Kelsey Bowling, Cheyenne Cox, Kelsey Foster, Tara Ricke, Chelsea Schwering, and Kaitlyn Simon.

Milan Community School Corporation
Alexia Amberger, Rebecca Hoffrogge, Hannah Lewis, Paige Love, Karlie Prozanski, and Nathaniel Walter.

Oldenburg Academy
Rory Bauman, Anna Dickman, Courtney Eckstein, and Megan Hornberger.

Rising Sun-Ohio County School Corporation
Bailee Bostic, Cailin Bush, Alix DeDreu, Benjamin Eads, Destiny Lowe, and Jamie Williams.

South Dearborn Community School Corporation
Makaila Bible, Jordan Ingle, Morgan Jones, Janessa King, Megan Mahin, and Kirstin Wessell.

South Ripley School Corporation
Carly Buchanan, Isabella Gramaglia, Cody Harden, Haley Schmaltz, Alexandra Sexton, and Sidney Steinhauer.

All graduating seniors who reside in Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora, who have maintained a six-semester grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution, were eligible to apply for these scholarship awards. The number of scholarships awarded was based on the respective senior class populations in the seven public high schools located in the foundation’s grantmaking region and the total number of applications received from those eligible students attending private/parochial secondary schools. Winners of these scholarships were drawn at random at each school from the pool of applications which were submitted to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation with official transcripts.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation is funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, owned by Full House Resorts, Inc., which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its Adjusted Gross Revenue.

$218,662 Awarded in Grants in the First Quarter 2015

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $218,662 in 11 new grants at its March 25, 2015 meeting. These grants included:

• $39,754 to the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation toward the purchase of software, hardware, and a variety of other necessary equipment;

• Up to $10,883 to the City of Rising Sun toward its signage and banner program;

• $2,500 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase and installation of a handicap-access switch plate for the city administration building;

• $1,500 to the City of Rising Sun toward the development of city employee job descriptions;

• $40,000 to the Ripley County Community Foundation toward matching funds for the Lilly Endowment GIFT VI initiative;

• $34,175 to the City of Aurora toward the development of a downtown parking lot;

• Up to $2,000 to Aurora Little League toward the purchase and installation of a flag pole;

• $8,000 to the Southeastern Indiana YMCA toward matching funds for the Early Education Matching Funds Grant program;

• $38,000 to the Milan Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of bunker gear;

• $1,850 to the Rising Sun Main Street for the purchase of an artistic metal bike rack; and

• $40,000 to the Ripley County Commissioners toward the purchase of booking/public safety software for the jail.

$225,294 Awarded in Grants in the Fourth Quarter 2014

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $225,294 in 12 new grants in the past quarter. These grants included:

-$5,000 to the South Ripley Community School Corporation toward the purchase of playground equipment for its elementary school;

-$31,294 to Aurora Emergency Rescue Unit toward the replacement of a chassis on one of its ambulances;

-$40,000 to the Ohio County Community Foundation toward matching funds for Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VI Initiative;

-$2,000 to the Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad toward the purchase of training equipment;

-$15,000 to the Town of Versailles toward the establishment of a walking trail along the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex;

-$28,000 to the Town of Napoleon toward the purchase and installation of two lift station pumps;

-$20,000 to the Ripley County Commissioners toward the purchase of a pothole patcher;

-$35,000 to Napoleon Volunteer Fire Company toward the purchase of a new truck;

-$20,000 to the Milan Community School Corporation toward renovations to the softball field;

-$1,000 to Hoosier Hills Literacy League for the purchase of books for its program in Ripley County;

-$20,000 to Rising Sun/Ohio County Community School Corporation toward the purchase of a minibus; and

-$8,000 to Lifetime Resources toward matching funds for a new Catch-A-Ride van.

“With this latest round of grants,” announced Jerry Smith, RSRF President, “the Foundation has awarded a total of $959,309 in 2014. We are pleased to be able to continue a strong grantmaking program, where we can help meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

The next grant application deadline is January 15. Grant applications are available at www.rsrfonline.org. Please contact Jascia Redwine at rsrf@orvcomm.com for more information.