Monthly Archives: June 2020

Spring Community Impact Grants total $45,940

The LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded Community Impact Grants totaling $45,940 in June to 11 projects and programs benefiting LaGrange County.

Through Community Impact Grants, the foundation aims to support nonprofit needs and provide innovative programs and services in LaGrange County.

Veterans Headstone Project was among the 11 organizations that received funding. The Community Foundation awarded Veterans Headstone Project $6,015 for the American Flag Holder Program – World War II, a project that identifies and repairs or replaces American flag holders. The grant will support the replacement or repair of 274 veteran’s gravesite flag holders.

The LaGrange County Historical Society also received a $5,000 matching grant to support the preservation of a stained glass window at the LaGrange County Historical Museum. Founded in 1967, the Historical Society maintains a collection of LaGrange County history at 109 South High Street in LaGrange. The grant will support the removal of a stained glass window on the south side of the building.  The next stage is to repair and reinstall the window. Kokomo Glass originally installed the stained glass windows in 1909.

Each year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for charitable projects and programs that help local nonprofit organizations provide services to LaGrange County families and individuals. The Grants Advisory Committee reviews the submitted grant applications and made recommendations to the Board of the Directors who approve the grant awards. The grants are made possible through the generosity of donors who have supported the unrestricted and field of interest charitable funds at the Community Foundation. 

The 2020 Community Impact Grant Spring awards include:

In 2020, applications for the fall Community Impact Grants will be accepted on Sept. 3. Click here to learn more.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire and sustain generosity, leadership and service. Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation connects people to charitable causes and provides resources to nonprofits to make a lasting and sustainable impact.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest

We have partnered with the LaGrange County Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring “Make It Your Own Mural Fest,” a regional mural festival that will bring 11 new murals to 11 counties of Northeast Indiana this September to LaGrange!

From now till July 11 we need your help in raising $3,000 to support a mural right here in LaGrange. 3Rivers Federal Credit Union will match every gift made through the campaign dollar for dollar (up to $1,500).

Click here to Give Now – Be sure to Choose LaGrange County

The Make It Your Own Mural Fest will take place over 11 days, September 11-18, 2020.

We are super excited to see this wall come alive with art!

2020 Scholarship Recipients

High School is like Toilet Paper – you only miss it when it’s gone.


The statement above is an especially true sentiment given the unusual school year for the 2020 graduating seniors. Here at the Community Foundation we have always taken for granted that when springtime rolls around we get to congratulate and celebrate graduating seniors who receive our Community Foundation scholarships.

I am sure it is not surprising to you that it did not happen this year. And shucks! We missed it! We missed telling the seniors how proud we are of them. We missed reminding them that they should be proud of themselves for all of their accomplishments. We missed the excitement of presenting the awards. We missed the smiles and laughter.

We realized that if we missed the hoopla of senior celebrations, how much more the 2020 seniors missed it. We had to do something! We scratched our heads and came up with a plan to make this year’s scholarship recipients feel special and decided to roll with it (pun intended).

Ryker Bond

Each scholarship recipient received their scholarship award by snail mail, complete with a celebration kit (confetti included)! Yes, we could not be there in person to offer accolades to this year’s amazing seniors, but we sure did not want this year to slip by without acknowledging what an outstanding group of graduating seniors we have! Check out some of the photos we received from our 2020 scholarship recipients.

For a complete list of 2020 scholarship recipients click here.

Meet Our Summer Interns

We are extremely excited to have Kane Elkins and Shelbi Smith as our summer interns this year.

Kane Elkins, Internal Audit & Database Summer Intern

Kane Elkins graduated from Prairie Heights and is currently pursuing a double major in Accounting and Finance at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. He will be aiding in our Internal Audit and updating our database.

Working at the Community Foundation is an amazing way for me to give back to the community that has shaped my life so far. Making a difference/impact on the people around me, whether they be strangers or friends, is an important aspect of my life that I am always chasing.

Kane Elkins

Kane enjoys reading and helping his twin brother race at Angola Motorsport Speedway every Saturday night, #28.

Shelbi Smith, Marketing and Media Summer Intern

Shelbi Smith, was born and raised in Shipshewana and graduated from Westview Jr./Sr. High School. Currently, she attends Grace College in Winona Lake, IN, pursuing a double major in Facility and Event Management and Marketing. Shelbi will be assisting with marketing and collecting donor biographies.

Working with the Foundation is really exciting because I will be able to put what I am learning to good use, all while continuing to learn and grow within my community.

Shelbi Smith

Shelbi enjoys road-tripping, finding unique coffee shops, and spending time with people she cares about.  

We are fortuitous to have these talented young adults living and working within our community!

Feel free to drop Kane or Shelbi an email. You may reach Kane at or Shelbi at