Posted by: Kallie Sulanke  | Nov/26/2018


The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $62,875 to five nonprofit organizations during the fourth Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2018.

The Community Foundation's purpose is to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. Quarterly Competitive Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and culture, human services, economic development, education and community betterment.

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. is a publicly supported philanthropic institution governed by a volunteer board of local citizens. The Foundation manages contributions donated by individuals, businesses, and corporations as a permanent community endowment. Distributions from these funds are given back to the community in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations. To date, more than $50 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.

Unless otherwise noted, the following grants were awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc.

Delaware County Historical Society received $15,000 (from the Stefan and Joan Anderson Unrestricted Fund, Bassett Family Fund, Louisa and Waldo Beebe Unrestricted Endowment Fund, Gordon and Pam Cox Fund, Linda and Connie Gregory Fund, Jeff and Beth Lang Fund, Kent Shuff and Steve Fennimore Fund, Daniel and Catharine Stewart Fund, Charles and Claudia Sursa Unrestricted Named Endowment Fund, and Mary Jane Sursa Fund) to construct and install in Firemans’ Park a bronze, life-size statue of Hurley C. Goodall, a local Civil Rights leader.

Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, Inc. received $22,375.22 (partial funding from the Jane E. Hughes Fund, LEAP Managed IT Fund, Michael O. and Nicole T. Lunsford Fund, MutualBank Charitable Foundation Fund, Jim and Mary Rosema Fund, Gary and Amy Thomas Fund, and Faye Wingate Fund) to install new carpet in all eight classrooms in the center.

Muncie Symphony Orchestra received $16,000 (partial funding from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Fund, Jane Harrell Buckles Fund, and Jon and Barbara Moll Fund) to defray costs associated with educational programming provided by Muncie Symphony Orchestra at local schools and community events.

Youth Opportunity Center, Inc. received $5,000 (from the Julian and Suzanne Gresham Fund, Shafer/Muncie Power Products Legacy Fund in memory of Joseph E. Wilson, and Jeanne and John Smith Unrestricted Fund) to install improvements that enhance safety on campus.

Youth Symphony Orchestra received $4,500 (partial funding from the John and Katherine Littler Fund, Stefan and Joan Anderson Unrestricted Fund, and Old National Bank Fund) to defray the cost of string instrument purchases for student rentals.

For information on how to apply for Quarterly Competitive Grants in 2019, visit our website at or contact Marcy Minton, Senior Program Officer, at The next letter of intent deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply for a Quarterly Competitive Grant is November 30, 2018.

Caption: Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana was awarded $4,500 in Quarterly Competitive Grants from The Community Foundation. YSOECI brings together young musicians to provide weekly orchestral experiences. Student musicians have the opportunity to perform at concerts and community events. Pictured, a Chamber Program student performs at the Bridge Dinner in April.