CFHC issues mini grants


CONTACT: Katie Ottinger, Community Investment and Grants Officer

CFHC issues mini grants

The Community Foundation of Hancock County (CFHC) recently made grants of $2,700 to two area nonprofits. Nameless Creek Camp was granted $1,200 to support its annual PIN Camp, and the Hancock Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc. was granted $1,500 for outdoor enclosures, both from the Hancock County Enrichment Fund.

With these funds Nameless Creek Youth Camp will provide new programming to approximately 60 campers from Hancock County for its PIN or “Plug Into Nature” Camp. The first program will be a music program, which provides creative learning through the exploration of music. Each camper will get the chance to play an instrument while at the same time exploring their creativity and using their imagination through play. The second program is conducted by an electric violinist who will be educating the campers on how the electric violin works, its connection with sound and the world around us.In addition, with the growth of Nameless Creek’s PIN Camp, there is a need to add a Lead Counselor position. This person will oversee the camp counselors and campers to make sure camp activities run smoothly.

The Hancock Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation will use these funds to purchase two new 8ft x 8ft outdoor enclosures. The organization’s ability to take in certain new wildlife is currently limited by the amount of outdoor enclosure space. As more of the wildlife get closer to their release dates, they often need to spend time outside acclimating to the environment, which can mean up to 30 days of acclimation time in an outdoor enclosure. Additionally, the organization has been limited on the medium to larger animals that they can take in due to outdoor enclosure space. This grant will remedy these situations for the rescue.

The Hancock County Enrichment Fund was created by CFHC, this comprehensive, unrestricted fund addresses a broad range of needs–including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time a gift is made. The Enrichment Fund helps support long-term solutions; respond quickly to emergencies; and meet changing social, cultural, educational, and environmental needs in our local community.

CFHC provides philanthropic leadership by encouraging giving, learning, community pride and civic engagement. Working with caring individuals, families, and organizations to create or grow existing permanent endowment funds is critical to the organization’s mission. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. CFHC has granted millions of dollars since its inception in 1992.

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