LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., October 10, 2019 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 proactive grant to the Town of Dillsboro to help support the Friendship Gallery Cultural Arts Center.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Elise Smith, right, delivers a $1,000 grant to Thom Maltbie, President of the Dillsboro Arts Board, who is representing the Town of Dillsboro, to support the town’s Friendship Gallery Cultural Arts Center.

In a continuing effort to make an impact in the Dearborn County community, DCF is awarding 15 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2019. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members is recommending a grant. The source of the total of $15,000 in grants is the Foundation’s Unrestricted Endowment Funds, established by donors to provide flexibility to DCF’s Board and staff to address changing needs in the community over the years.

The $1,000 grant to the Town of Dillsboro was recommended by DCF Board member Elise Smith of Aurora. “Having lived in Southeast Indiana and served as a physical education teacher for more than 40 years, I understand the importance of the arts in our schools and communities,” said Smith.  “Music, dance, painting, ceramics and photography and many other art forms bring balance and enrichment to our lives. The Friendship Gallery fosters these beliefs. “

Anyone can make a contribution to an unrestricted endowment at DCF and help make impact grants like the 15 DCF Board members are recommending in 2019. Thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII initiative, DCF is able to provide a $2-for-$1 match ($2 match for $1 donation) for contributions to any new or existing unrestricted endowment funds at the Foundation. For a list of the unrestricted endowments and to learn more about the Foundation, call 812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at www.dearborncf.org. If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn about other giving options.