Arts, Culture, & Humanities

As the Community Foundation of Hancock County, we host many funds that cover a wide range of causes and needs within our community. 

Arts and Culture Fund

A member of CFHC’s Spirit of Community fund family, grants strengthen and enrich growth in the areas of performing, visual, and oratorical arts in our community.

Fortville-Vernon Township Library Fund

This operating Fund, established by the Library Board, provides operating support to meet the educational needs of the library’s patronage and to facilitate future capital improvements.

Hancock County Children’s Choir Operating Endowment

Established by its Board of Directors, this fund provides perpetual support to benefit the ongoing operations of the Hancock County Children’s Choir (HCCC). HCCC’s mission: Through excellent musical education and mentorship, we equip youth with essential life skills while igniting a community interest in the arts and our youth.

Hancock County Public Library Fund

This operating endowment provides perpetual operating income to the library to further its mission to provide superior county-wide library service that is convenient to and used by all residents.

Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House Operating Endowment

Established by the Board of Directors, this fund provides perpetual support to benefit the historical Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House in Shirley, Indiana.

Philip R. Hollenbaugh Photography Fund

Founded by the family of local photographer Phil Hollenbaugh, this fund provides support to educational photography projects through the Riley Festival Youth Photography Contest.

Jeanne H. Tracy Meddock Endowment Fund for Hancock County Children’s Choir

Established by her daughter, Elizabeth Tracy Rice, this fund honors Jeanne Meddock’s long dedication to music education through its operating support of the Hancock County Children’s Choir.

Jeanne H. Tracy Meddock Endowment Fund for Music Opportunities

This fund memorializes Jeanne Meddock’s passion for music and its impact on the young with financial support for organizations providing music education, music programs, and support for the purchase or rental of instruments.

Ralph W. Myerholtz Jr. and Lois C. Myerholtz Charitable Endowment Fund

In keeping with the Myerholtz’s love for literacy and the opportunities provided by the Hancock County Public Library, Ralph and Lois named the Library’s endowment at CFHC as the annual grantee of their charitable fund.

The Stilwell Music Endowment Fund

Together with her husband Gregg, Teresa Smith established this fund in honor of the band teacher who positively impacted her life. Its purpose is to provide critical operating resources for the Hancock County Children’s Choir.

Will Vawter Statue Campaign Fund

Artist Will Vawter, once a Greenfield resident, will be honored through an interactive bronze sculpture, planned for April 2021. The sculpture will capture Vawter at his easel, working plein air style along the Literary Trail on the Pennsy Trail in Greenfield, Indiana.

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