Town of Gaston Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation grants $2,600 to local organizations
The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc., through the Town of Gaston Endowment Fund, is awarding grants totaling $2,603 to three organizations serving the Gaston community.
BY5 Early Childhood Initiative was awarded $1,017.25 to support their Kickoff to Kindergarten program at Wes-Del Elementary School. The program, which will run in the weeks prior to school’s start, is designed to improve readiness of incoming kindergarteners.
Cardinal Greenway Inc. was awarded $1,017.25 to place a bicycle repair stand at the Greenway trailhead located in Gaston. The repair stand allows cyclists to perform basic maintenance and repair on their bicycles and includes a variety of tools and an air pump.
Gaston Lion Club was awarded $568.50 to improve the entrance of the Community Building at the Gaston Lion Club. Improvements will include the installation of a concrete ramp to replace the step and widening of the entry way allowing the entrance to meet ADA code, and making it more accessible to everyone.
The Town of Gaston Endowment Fund was established in 2012 by Betty Jane Clark Carter, a longtime Gaston resident who saw a need in her community. The fund supports projects and programs that benefit the residents of the Town of Gaston and Harrison and Washington Townships. Betty hoped that the establishment of the would set an example for others to give back as they were able. A committee comprised of area residents review applications each year and makes recommendations for grants to the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation. Applications are accepted annually on May 1. The existence of this fund guarantees a steady stream of income to fund worthwhile projects in the Gaston area for years to come.
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 and agencies. To date, over $51 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.
For information on how to apply for the Town of Gaston Endowment Fund grants, contact Carly Acree King, Program Officer.