Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 6, 2012

RSRF grants help many


The Herald-Tribune

— Nine of the 16 new grants totalling $280,919 recently awarded by Rising Sun Regional Foundation leaders went to Ripley County projects:

- $45,000 to the Indiana Trail Riders Association toward the development of Versailles State Park primitive campsites to begin to significantly enhance and expand its horseback-riding program;

- $31,683 to the Ripley County Commissioners toward the purchase of an EMS cardiac monitor;

- $24,225 to American Legion Post 337, Sunman, toward the purchase and installation of a standby emergency gas power generator to enable the post to serve as a regional Red Cross disaster emergency shelter;

- $19,060 to the Sunman Area Voluntary Endeavors toward the purchase and installation of handicap-accessible bathtubs for Raintree Terrace Apartments, which provide affordable housing for senior citizens;

l $15,000 to the town of Versailles toward the purchase of two tornado sirens;

- $11,000 to the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of five pagers and a base unit to comply with new Federal Communications Commission requirements;

- $5,135 to the town of Milan toward the installation of a fourth and last welcome sign with complementary landscaping;

-  $5,000 to St. Louis School toward the purchase and installation of a much needed larger and upgraded wireless technology system;

-$5,000 to Milan Rescue 30 toward the purchase of two automated external defibrillators for its rescue units;

The other out-of-county projects:

- $50,000 to the city of Rising Sun toward the purchase and installation of a splash pad at its community pool;

- $25,575 to the South Dearborn Community School Corp. toward the purchase of one mobile device lab specifically for its Aurora Elementary School and for technology-related staff development workshops;

- $24,741 to the city of Aurora toward the purchase and installation of a Park Avenue Park irrigation system;

- $6,500 to the Rising Sun/Ohio County Community School Corp. toward the purchase of a poster printing system;

- $5,000 to the Rising Sun Municipal Utilities toward the purchase of three mobile radios and accessories for the superintendent and department heads and a base unit for use during emergency conditions;

- $5,000 to the Ohio County Community Foundation to serve as an initial United Methodist Church of Rising Sun endowment fund in memory of founding RSRF board member Larry Elliott;

- $3,000 to the Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corp. toward the purchase of a Welch Allyn SureSight Vision Screener and Hearing Screener for its Head Start program;

In announcing the awards, foundation President Marianne Wiggers stated, “RSRF is pleased to be able to continue awarding grants toward so many and varied needs in its grantmaking region. For a number of these proposed projects, they simply would not happen without RSRF grant assistance. The challenge for RSRF, however, will also be to continue to conscientiously respond to the large number of grant applications received each quarter.” Due to budget constraints, officials can give some level of grant assistance to generally less than half of them.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the city of Rising Sun in conjunction with the development of the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort by Hyatt Corp. and began its grantmaking program in 1997. It is now funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, owned by Full House Resorts Inc., which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its adjusted gross revenue.