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Grant Application Information and Due Dates

Grant applications can be downloaded here: RSRF grant application

The Foundation accepts requests up to $5,000, as well as requests up to $40,000. Please review the information in the grant application above to determine which cover sheet and narrative information to submit.

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.

Questions? Call Jascia Redwine at 812-438-4490 or email her at risingsunregionalfoundation@gmail.com.

$233,288 Awarded in Grants in Second Quarter 2016

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $233,288 in 17 new grants in the second quarter of 2016. These grants included:

  • $27,075 to the Rising Sun/Ohio County Community School Corporation toward resurfacing of the gym;
  • $7,035 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase of recycled picnic tables for the community pool;
  • $23,573 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation toward the purchase of video production equipment for the art department at the high school;
  • $2,500 to the Ohio County Convention, Tourism, & Visitors Commission toward expenses for the 2016 Regatta;
  • $8,975 to Sea Dragons Swimming (Aurora) toward the purchase of new timing equipment;
  • $25,000 to the Town of Milan toward a soil stabilization project;
  • $15,000 to the City of Aurora toward the start-up of a Bike Share program;
  • $20,752 to the South Ripley Community School Corporation toward the purchase of an online math learning platform and document cameras for its elementary school;
  • $2,500 to the Aurora Riverfront Beautification toward its Red, White, and Boom festival;
  • $7,309 to LifeTime Resources toward matching state funds for a Catch-A-Ride vehicle;
  • $10,827 to Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation toward the purchase of playground equipment;
  • $5,000 to South Dearborn Pee Wee Football toward the purchase of a new scoreboard;
  • $5,000 to the Dearborn County Clearinghouse toward the purchase of a walk-in cooler/freezer;
  • $3,000 to the Ohio County Public Library toward the purchase of a new server and back-up system;
  • $7,000 to the Ohio County Commissioners toward the purchase of 3M Hi Intensity road signs;
  • $40,000 to the Town of Napoleon toward expenses associated with the cleanout of wastewater sludge from one of its lagoons; and
  • $22,742 to the Ripley County Court Services toward the purchase of a vehicle for its Community Corrections program.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun, and is now 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. To date, the foundation has received almost $42 million in riverboat funds, of which at least 75% has been granted back to the community.

 

 

 

$46,000 In Scholarships Awarded

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
Lauren Eckstein, Jordan Ertel, Samantha Heidlage, Elizabeth Weiler, Emily Williamson, and Karsen Worthington.

East Central Community School Corporation
Tabytha Bechtel, Alex Doll, Kendall Gindling, Hannah Hutson, Joshua Kolton, and Madison Wiedeman.

Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation
Kaylynn Baluyot, Kara McDaniel, Julia Mullins, Matthew Seals, Benjamin Smith, Autumn Wilkening, and Adriana Youngman.

Milan Community School Corporation
Nathan Austing, Courtney Cann, Payton Healy, Jackson Lohrum, Kyle Meyer, Rebecca Moore, and Morgan Russell.

Oldenburg Academy
Mikaela Fangman and Ashley Sedler.

Rising Sun-Ohio County School Corporation
Carson Blackwell, Abigail Fletcher, Mitchell Morris, Kelsey Romans, Mackinzie Scott, and Anna Slack.

South Dearborn Community School Corporation
Kaylei Eldridge, George Hatfield, Andrew Hilton, Kyle McGaha, Kelsie Roth, and Amber Secrest.

South Ripley School Corporation
Kayla Adkinson, Mercedes Bowling, Sarah Bush, Wyatt Elston, Kayla King, and Brian McCombs.

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. Winners of these scholarships were drawn at random 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.

$232,839 Awarded in Grants in First Quarter 2016

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $232,839 in 12 new grants in the first quarter of 2016.  These grants included:

•    $30,000 to the Town of Versailles toward the construction of a shelter house and restrooms in the soccer area of the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex;

•    $10,000 to Ohio County Rescue Service toward the replacement of its Medical Emergency Response Vehicle;

•    $40,000 to the Ohio County Commissioners/Ohio County Community Foundation toward the replacement of 911 equipment;

•    $10,000 to the Ohio County Public Library/Ohio County Community Foundation toward the replacement of lighting fixtures from standard fluorescent lighting to LED lighting;

•    $10,000 to Sunman Tiger PAWS toward the replacement of playground surface material at Sunman Elementary School;

•    $3,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward support for the 2016 Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers District Meeting, to be held in Rising Sun;

•    $13,000 to Milan Community School Corporation toward the start-up of a preschool program;

•    $28,000 to the City of Aurora toward the purchase of a bobcat;

•    $1,839 to Aurora Little League toward the purchase of a commercial double door refrigerator;

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

•    $17,000 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation toward upgrades to its dugouts for the baseball program; and

•    $30,000 to Otter Creek Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of turnout gear.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun, and is now 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. To date, the foundation has received over $41 million in riverboat funds, of which at least 75% has been granted back to the community.

$304,364 Awarded in Grants in Fourth Quarter 2015

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $304,364 in 13 new grants in the past quarter. These grants included:

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

–$30,000 to Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation toward the purchase of a variety of school items designed to enhance student learning;

–$30,000 to Sunman Rural Fire Department toward the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment and helmets;

–$40,000 to the Ohio County Commissioners toward upgrades to its 911 system;

–$16,000 to the Ripley County Commissioners toward the purchase of three snow plows;

–$40,000 to Aurora Fire Department toward the purchase of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus;

–$16,000 to the Milan 54, Inc. toward the development of “Legends Square” across from the museum;

–$16,236 to Milan Community School Corporation toward the replacement of lighting on the football field and track;

–$5,369 to the Ohio County Recorder’s Office toward the conversion of land deeds from 1844-1944 from microfilm to digital;

–$20,000 to the Ripley County EMS toward the purchase of a cardiac monitor;

–Up to $7,670 to Milan Elementary PTO toward the purchase of timing mats for the swimming pool;

–$3,089 to Ohio County Elementary Middle School PTO toward the purchase of playground equipment and an audiometer; and

–$40,000 to the American Legion Post #59 (Rising Sun) toward the development and construction of the Veterans Memorial Riverfront Project.

The next grant application deadline is January 15, 2016. Grant applications are available here. Please contact Jascia Redwine at rsrf@orvcomm.com for more information.

$235,813 Awarded in Grants in Third Quarter 2015

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $235,813 in 17 new grants in the past quarter. These grants included:

• $5,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward the development of a retractable Spud Pole Anchoring System at the boat docks;

• $2,879 to the City of Rising Sun to replace the outdate Wi-Fi system at City Hall;

• $38,000 to Ohio County Rescue Services toward the upgrade to a Paramedic level of care;

• $20,000 to Rising Sun Municipal Utilities toward the replacement of work trucks;

• $15,000 to Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation toward an outside schoolwide professional development program;

• $3,821 to Ohio County Historical Society toward several projects, including the capabilities to scan and document historical information;

• $5,000 to the Amy Irons Meyer Foundation toward a variety of improvements at the dog park in Aurora;

• $10,000 to Main Street Aurora toward matching funds for a façade improvement program;

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

• $6,793 to the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department toward the replacement of record-keeping software and hardware;

• $30,000 to South Ripley Community School Corporation toward a joint project among four school corporations to create the Ripley County Alternative to Suspension program;

• $5,000 to the City of Batesville toward the construction of a permanent stage at Liberty Park Pavilion;

• $4,524 to the Southern Ripley County EMS toward the upgrade of radios;

• $3,000 to Milan Community School Corporation toward the purchase of a math curriculum to be used with its special needs students;

• $21,796 to Sunman Area Life Squad toward the upgrade of radios;

• $5,000 to the Southeastern Indiana YMCA toward the replacement of security cameras; and

• $20,000 to the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department toward the replacement of a truck chassis.

The next grant application deadline is October 15. Grant applications are available at this website in the tab above. Please contact Jascia Redwine at rsrf@orvcomm.com for more information.

$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.