SPRING 2020:

Community Fund Grants:  
Community Fund endowment funds are the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s funds in addressing current and emerging needs. Grants from unrestricted endowment funds typically support projects focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation, and the environment.

  • All Things New:$1,000 to provide residential addiction recovery program with support for indigent care, purchase of program curriculum, resident education, and licensed counselor continuing education.
  • Bourbon Main Street Initiative: $800 to install two benches for the downtown Bourbon square.
  • Bremen Girls Softball League:  $4,800 to repair the softball fields.
  • Crossing National Inc: $7,500 to fund the construction of updated, ADA compliant restrooms and funds for Direct Student Support.
  • David’s Courage: $5,000 for COVID-19 assistance.
  • Drew’s Gift of Music: $5,000 for refurbishing instruments for children in need.
  • Dustin’s Place, Inc: $9,000 in start-up costs to purchase accordion wall, printer, scanner, and projectors to facilitate peer-to-peer grief support.
  • Marshall County Neighborhood Center:  $16,277 for ADA compliance and safety and security upgrades.
  • Potawatomi Park:$4,800 to purchase a 7’ Woods BB8400X heavy duty rotary chopper.
  • United Way of Marshall County/Fund the Essentials: $40,834 to provide food, housing, and utility assistance to Marshall County families impacted by COVID-19 through the Marshall County Community Response and Recovery Fund. 

Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Grants:

The Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Fund was established to provide annual funding for environmental, educational, or recreational projects directly related to Lake Maxinkuckee. This grant cycle, $5,977 was awarded and presented toMaxinkuckee Adventure Sailing to enhance the safety of their public, low-cost learn-to-sail programs.  

Multi-year grants:

  • $30,000 from the Community Funds for Marshall County Crossroads Stellar projects (Culver biking/walking trails and Habitat for Humanity).
  • $10,000 from the Vonnegut Fund for the Marshall County Crossroads Stellar project for Culver biking/walking trails.

 FALL 2019:

Community Fund Grants: 

Community Fund endowment funds are the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s funds in addressing current and emerging needs. Grants from unrestricted endowment funds typically support projects focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation, and the environment.

  • Argos Izaak Walton: $4,500 to rebuild foundation wall and restore a piece of Marshall County’s history.
  • Bremen Community Cares:  $18,000 to construct a new men’s and women’s American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible bathroom in the Bremen Community Center.
  • Culver Main Street Corporation:  $4,250 for a creative, artistic place-making project for the local firehouse. Plans include a large painted mural and seating space along Lakeshore Drive.
  • David’s Courage:  $3,750 assist in application and surveyor’s fees to obtain national accreditation.
  • Discover Plymouth:  $12,500 to complete a funding match for a comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for Marshall County.
  • Heartland Artists Gallery: $2,445 to host three pop-up art exhibits in various locations throughout Marshall County in 2020.
  • Marshall County Council on Aging:  $17,767 in matching dollars to help purchase two replacement vehicles for Marshall County public transit programs.
  • Plymouth Lions Club: $3,000 to purchase a pediatric auto refractor to perform vision screenings for young school age children.
  • Walkerton Public Safety: $10,000 to upgrade the dispatching radio equipment.
  • WNIT Public Television: $2,500 to support the Education Counts program.

Multiple year grants

  • David’s Courage: $6,250 to support David’s Courage and their new addiction treatment center.
  • Garden Court: $25,000 to support the building of a new Permanent Supportive Housing project to provide wrap-around services to the chronically homeless population in Marshall County.
  • Marshall County Crossroads Stellar Application: $6,250 to support a Walk to School and Wellness Bucks program to encourage healthy physical activities among Marshall County’s students.

 SPRING 2019:

Community Fund Grants:

Community Fund endowment funds are the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s over 370 funds in addressing current and emerging needs. Grants from unrestricted endowment funds typically support projects focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation and the environment.

The first grants from unrestricted funds at MCCF were awarded in 1995; since then MCCF has awarded over $3.9 million in total grants to the community from these funds alone. The growth of unrestricted funds now enables MCCF to award more than $223,000 to nonprofit organizations on an annual basis.

In addition to the MCCF Community Fund, several named unrestricted funds also support new and emerging needs in Marshall County. These funds include the Barbara and Ralph Winters Community Fund, the Brian and Patricia Kitch Family Community Fund, the C & M Overmyer Unrestricted Endowment Fund, the iAB Financial Bank Community Fund, the John and Kay Finlay Community Fund, the Philip and Sylvia Bieghler Community Fund, and the Paul and Carol Nye Community Fund.

During the Spring 2019 grant round, $117,628 was awarded to 15 nonprofit organizations in Marshall County for the following projects:

  • American Legion Post 27: $5,000 to bring the Traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall to Marshall County.
  • Argos Youth League: $6,350 to purchase items for youth baseball fields and one new baseball pitching machines.
  • Beaman Home: $5,000 to purchase a vehicle to transport Beaman Home clients to appointments in Marshall, Fulton and Kosciusko Counties.
  • Cultivate Culinary: $5,000 to support an innovative food rescue program and build necessary capacity for new partnerships in Marshall County to reach hungry families with nutritious food.
  • Intrepid Phoenix: $14,500 for program support for individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions.
  • La Paz-North Township Fire Department: $1,750 to help purchase one water suit for the fire department to aid in cold water rescues.
  • Marshall County 4-H Fair Association: $10,620 to purchase tables for use during 4-H Fair and other events.
  • Marshall County Habitat for Humanity: $20,000 to help build affordable homes in Marshall County for families in need of assistance and participating in the unique and proven Habitat for Humanity model.
  • Maxinkuckee Players: $1,000 to support a summer production of the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls.
  • Plymouth High School band: $1,000 to help in the purchase of new band uniforms for the students.
  • Tippecanoe Improvement Association: $15,000 to assist in the development of a new Community Park.
  • Town of Bourbon: $1,040 to support the cycling community with a bike repair station, bicycle rack and places to rest for bicyclists.
  • Wild Rose Moon: $16,794 to further develop production facilities, purchase necessary equipment.
  • Women’s Care Center: $6,000 to support the programs Healthy Babies and Building Kids with Character for underprivileged/at-risk pregnant women and young children.

Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Grants:

The Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Fund was established to provide annual funding for environmental, educational, or recreational projects directly related to Lake Maxinkuckee. This grant cycle, $6,942 was awarded and presented to:

  • Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council: $6,500 to replace the Kline Wetland Levee, an important project to protect Lake Maxinkuckee’s waters far into the future.
  • Sea Scout Ship 1901: $442 to purchase equipment to start a ship and attend the World Scout Jamboree.


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Grants Awarded for 2014

Vonnegut Fund

Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental  Sediment core sampling in Lake Maxinkuckee– 
Second half of two year project
Lake Maxinkuckee Association, Inc.  Purchase two police radios for two safety patrol boats $3,000

Total $13,000


Community Fund Spring Round

American Red Cross Project SAFE- Marshall County fire prevention program $3,000
Boys and Girls Club of Bremen  Start-up costs for summer program $5,000 
Boys and Girls Club of Marshall County, Inc.  Feasibility study for building project $15,000 
Bread of Life Community Food Pantry, Inc.  Commercial freezer  $1,425 
Bremen Little League Baseball, Inc.  Catchers equipment and batting helmets  $400 
Culver Youth Soccer  Soccer goal nets, corner flags and practice vests $800 
Earthworks, Inc.  Seed to Salad Project, all-school garden at Washington Discovery School  $1,000 
Encore Performing Arts   ArtSparks, Missoula Children's Theater, 
Evening Song Original works from Children of Farmers
Heartland Artists Gallery  Variety of art classes for those new to the arts  $1,000 
Historic Bremen, Inc.  Publication of walking tour guide highlighting historic buildings in Bremen $1,500 
Indiana Lincoln Highway Association  Support for Lincoln Highway Corridor Plan 
across Northern Indiana to enhance education, preservation, beautification, 
signage and tourism opportunities (match from federal grant) 
Izaak Walton League of America  Agros, IN Chapter New water well for clubhouse  $4,500 
Marshall-Stark Development Center  Greenhouse construction to grow ans sell produce your round  $5,000 
Pathfinders Services, Inc.  Washer and dryer for a home in transitional Housing Program  $800 
Plymouth Community Schools   Project Based Learning support through New Tech Network 
at the Weidner School of Inquiry (year 3 of 5)
Triton School Corporation  Elementary team building event to encourage Collaboratio, 
Community, Commitment and Leadership by creating family groups among students 
of all grade levels. 
Turning Point Housing, Inc. (dba Heminger House) Office upgrades to increase client 
confidentiality and improve administrative efficiency 
United Way of Marshall County  Project Lead the Way to provide high school concentration 
to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum in public and private 
schools in 5-county region ($30,000 over 3 years) 
Veterans Therapeutic Art Center  Multimedia program for veterans to learn how to publish 
short productions 
Wesley United Methodist Church  Start up costs for a new playgroup and family night 
programs in response to community survey 
Wythougan Valley Preservation Preperation of Bremen National Register nomination as 
next stage in completeing nominations for all Marshall County communities by the State 
of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebration (match for Indiana Landmarks grant)

Total $85,300

Grants Awarded for 2013

Vonnegut Fund

Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Sediment core sampling in Lake Maxinkuckee $10,000
Lake Maxinkuckee Association Purchase of a marine thermal camera $3,000

Total $13,000

Grants Awarded for 2012

Vonnegut Fund

Antiquarian & Historical Produce a Documentary Film on Lake Maxinkuckee $6,500
Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Install Sediment Trap from Reaching Kline Ditch $6,500

Total $13,000

Grants Awarded for 2011

Vonnegut Fund

Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund Update Water Tests Conducted $4,000
Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund Fund Aquatic Plant Management Plan $4,000
Lake Maxinkuckee Association Lake Patrol Purchase Computer $1,926

Total $9,926