Three of the 21 new grants totalling $250,191 awarded by the Rising Sun Regional Foundation in 2019's second quarter will benefit Batesville nonprofits:

• $16,500 to Batesville Fire & Rescue toward the purchase of a mechanical CPR device

• $9,640 to Batesville Community School Corp. toward its Leveled Literacy Intervention system. BCSC director of student learning Melissa Burton explains, "We have one to two Leveled Literacy Intervention kits at each K-5 grade level. We have seen successful results using the LLI program, and the Rising Sun grant allows us to expand our program so that more students benefit. Batesville Primary School and Batesville Intermediate School use LLI to improve the literacy achievement of students who need additional assistance reaching grade level expectations in reading. LLI also provides help and support for students who are learning English as a second language and are receiving classroom reading instruction in English. We are grateful to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation for their continued support" of education.

• $2,678 to Batesville Youth Football League to seed and aerate a practice field

Eight grants will help other Ripley County organizations:

• $40,000 to Sunman Area Life Squad for a manual monitor/defibrillator and auto pulse system

• $27,000 to Milan Community School Corp. toward upgrades to classroom locks

• $10,000 to Tyson Community Advancement Foundation for Tyson Activity Center stage area renovations

• $9,386 to Versailles Volunteer Fire Department for a six-position headset

• $9,000 to the town of Versailles for Pangburn Park improvements

• $5,600 to the town of Napoleon toward the purchase, installation and calibration of an ultrasonic flow meter

• $2,400 to Tyson Library Association toward the installation of a handicap entrance automatic door

• $2,000 to Ripley County Humane Society toward the purchase of a lawn mower

The remaining 10 grants will be used by entities closer to the source of the revenue, Rising Star Casino Resort, Rising Sun:

• $23,000 to Rising Sun Ohio County Community School Corp. for security equipment

• $20,000 to Ohio County Emergency Management for computers and devices for Ohio County Sheriff's and Rising Sun Police departments' vehicles

• $20,000 to the city of Aurora toward playground equipment for its Powerscape Extra Innings Playground replacement project at Aurora ball fields

• $18,754 to Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus with attached thermal imaging cameras

• $11,337 to the city of Rising Sun for the purchase of police department safety equipment

• $7,000 to Rising Sun Family Medicine toward flooring replacement

• $6,896 to South Dearborn Community School Corp. toward its Campus Security Initiative

• $6,000 to Ohio County Public Library for new public computers

• $2,000 to Rock Solid Families, West Harrison, for incentives for its Families Rock parenting series

• $1,000 to Aurora Riverfront Beautification toward the 2019 Red, White & Boom festival

Grant applications for the next grants cycle are due Monday, July 15, by 4 p.m. Applications can be downloaded from the RSRF website at and can be emailed to executive director Jascia Redwine at

Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the city of Rising Sun and is now funded by 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. To date, the foundation has received more than $43 million in riverboat funds, of which at least 75 percent has been granted back to the community.