“I’m loving this,” Hedrick said. “It doesn’t get much better.”
The projects were two of six to receive grants at a community foundation press conference Wednesday evening. Adam Strasser, grants chairman, presented the awards and Susan Platt helped hand the awards to each recipient.
The grants totaling $90,014 are made possible through donors who give unrestricted endowments to the foundation.
“This is one of the highlights of our year,” Crispen said. “We get to put resources out in the community.”
Other projects include a renovation approval for both the 4-H Community Center and the Twelve Mile Community Center.
The Cass County 4-H Association received $17,625 to go toward completing the siding, landscape and the exterior of the organization’s community center.
“It’s been a long haul,” Cindy Scott, 4-H director, said. “This is the last hump to go over.”
The Twelve Mile Community Center will be receiving renovations with the $23,319 grant approved. Work done will include new storage and a sidewalk.
The Domestic Violence Task Force and Pulaski Health Foundation/Friends of the Panhandle Pathway also received grants.
The foundation awarded $820 to the Domestic Violence Task Force for a laptop and software. The equipment will be used to give presentations to educate others on what the taskforce does.
“We are thrilled,” Jill Rife, president of the task force, said about the announcement.
The Pulaski Health Foundation and Friends of the Panhandle Pathway received $9,250 for a challenge match for trail equipment. They will be purchasing a tractor to help maintain the trail, running 21 miles from a spot near France Park to Winamac.
The application process for grants began in May and were due in June. To be awarded a grant, each project had to benefit Cass County residents, Crispen said.
“How will you pass the torch to the next generation?” Crispen asked those who attended the press conference.