The Rush County Community Foundation’s (RCCF) Fall Grant deadline is Sept. 2 for the Community Grants program and for the following field-of-interest grants. Applications are available at the RCCF office or on the RCCF website (rushcountyfoundation.org/grant-applications).

• Community Grant Program – The RCCF Community Grant Program awards competitive grants in two cycles each year. To begin the application process for 2019 Cycle 2, a one page letter of intent is due by September 2nd. For more information about eligibility and the scope of funding opportunities please contact RCCF.

• Kenneth and Charlotte Brashaber Teacher Enhancement Award – This fund benefits curriculum development for Rushville Consolidated High School teachers. Teachers are encouraged to apply for a proposed activity or project outside of the classroom, within the classroom, or additional schooling to further education enhancement. Priority will be given to creative or unconventional ideas. This year, the Fund will award $2,460 to the chosen teacher.

• Rush County Community Foundation Education Fund – Established in 1994, this fund supports education-related projects not provided for in the Rush County School’s budget; teachers, students, administrators, and volunteer parents are all eligible to apply. This year, $3,800 is available to assist the selected recipients’ projects.

• Music for Rush Co. Fund – Established by Faith Davis Ellison in memory of her husband E. Floyd Ellison, this fund provides support to encourage music participation and enjoyment for the community as a whole, especially encouraging adult appreciation of music. This year, $4,260 is available, providing funding that could bring a concert performance to Rush County, support local music groups, allow music teachers to attend a workshop, or bring a music program to an elementary/middle school.

• Alex Workman Memorial Fund – Established by Robert and Angela Workman in memory of their son Alex, this fund provides support to children with autism. Rush County families who have a child with autism may apply for special services, payments for summer camps, or therapy equipment not covered by insurance. Teachers may apply to take classes or training in working with children with autism, or for supplies that are needed for directly working with students with autism. This year, $5,100 is available to assist the selected recipient(s).

• Rita Yager Memorial Ag Grant Fund – Rita Yager was instrumental in establishing the Agricultural Careers and Education (ACE) organization in Rush County. This fund provides grants for education, safety, and the improvement of agriculture-related projects. Non-profit agencies serving Rush County residents are eligible to apply. Applicants should be introducing a program, tool, or education that will impact those involved with agriculture in Rush County. $3,100 is available for award.

• Rush County Youth Athletic Fund – Established in 1993 by James Robert Billman, this fund provides support for the development and training of amateur athletes and coaches, including amateur competitions which promote athletics as a healthy lifestyle and higher educational opportunities for youth through athletic excellence. Preference is also given for programs that include underprivileged youth in Rush County. $350 is available to award this year.

The staff at the RCCF is eager to help. If you are interested in applying to any of these grant programs, or even establishing a field-of-interest fund of your own, please call us. We’d love to partner with you in improving and supporting our community.

Meeting the philanthropic needs of Rush County since 1991, The Rush County Community Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established to serve donors, award grants and scholarships, and provide leadership to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County, Indiana, not only today, but for our future generations. For more information visit the office at 117 N. Main St., call (765) 938-1177, email info@rushcountyfoundation.org, or visit the RCCF website at www.rushcountyfoundation.org.