• The Friends of the Muncie Endurathon recently awarded grants totaling more than $24,000 to 16 nonprofits in Delaware, Henry and Randolph counties. The grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, will be used to promote health and wellness, youth programs, education or community betterment, according to a release.
The grants were awarded to: A Better Way, Cardinal Greenways, Blue River Valley Church of the Nazarene, First Choice for Women, Four for the Fourth, Healthy Communities of Henry County, Knightstown Cheer Guild, Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Motivate Our Minds, Muncie Children’s Museum, Muncie Civic Theatre, Soup Kitchen of Muncie, Special Needs Prom, United Day Care Center, Youth Opportunity Center and YWCA Central Indiana.
• Sustainable Muncie Corporation (SMC) was selected for a $12,500 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grant.
SMC will use grant funds to bring public Internet access to MadJax, providing residents of the East Central neighborhood and throughout Muncie the ability to access the Internet inside and outside the facility, according to a release.
“Since its inception, Madjax Maker Force has been a center for innovation and design that brings together makers of all kinds,” Sustainable Muncie President Jane Ellery said in the release. “Providing Internet access to the surrounding neighbors adjacent to the building opens up new intergenerational possibilities and idea energy.”
AARP selected 184 projects nation-wide to receive funds totaling $2.4 million. Four projects in Indiana were selected as 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grant winners.
The SMC plans to utilize older adults as peer-to-peer support for other older adults as they work toward feeling supported, both digitally and socially. Additionally, it plans to use this effort as a springboard for launching its already-in-motion REC (Retirees Entrepreneurial Club).
“The REC of Muncie will help individuals connect with others in a meaningful way that encourages purposeful networking and cross-generational partnerships. We look to launch this effort in the early part of 2021,” said Stacey Krawczyk, project manager.
Announcements of awards, scholarships and other honors given to local residents and entities can be sent to planning editor Robin Gibson at [email protected]
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