LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., December 12, 2019 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 proactive grant to the Aurora Public Library District (APLD) to support the general operations of the library district.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Fayla Nanz, right, delivers a $1,000 grant check to Peggy Dean, Director of the Aurora Public Library District. The DCF grant monies will support the library district’s general operations.

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 Community Funds (also known as 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 APLD was recommended by DCF Board Member Fayla Nanz of Lawrenceburg. Making a recommendation to support the library district was an easy one for Nanz, a retired educator.  

“Libraries are a vital part of any town and provide many services, in addition to having books. Reading can be an enjoyable, lifelong pastime,” said Nanz. “I have always loved to read. Having a grandmother who encouraged reading, I used the Aurora library as a child which helped to foster that love of books.”

Anyone can make a contribution to a Community Fund 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 Community Funds at the Foundation. For a list of the Community Funds (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 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.