Impacting Morgan County: Sheltering the Arts

The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) is impacting Morgan County through grants targeted at community needs and issues. In 2016, $100,000 was distributed to ten local non-profits through the CFMC’s Impact Grant Program. The Martinsville Arts Council (MAC) received a $10,000 CFMC Impact Grant towards roof repairs for The Depot, a Morgan County historic landmark and home to the Martinsville Arts Council, an organization creating positive impact in Morgan County through arts programming.

Philanthropy with Measurable Impact

Morgan County business leaders are beginning to recognize that the community has lost a generation to substance abuse, poverty and low self-esteem. These leaders are taking a stand to reclaim the community through a new joint school-to-business initiative called Parallel Pathways that will implement career skills training in K-12 grades over the next five to ten years. While Parallel Pathways will create major systematic change in the long-term, beginning with the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, smaller programs through community based organizations are also playing a vital role in the redevelopment of the community.

The above mentioned issues directly impact a community's well-being, because they disable the people who breathe life into that community.  When these individuals are hindered by poor health, addictions, and a lack of career skills towns and cities begin to crumble from the inside out. In Morgan County, this deterioration has negatively impacted the economy and increased the rate of crimes related to substance abuse. This leaves businesses without skilled employees, individuals without the career skills they need to making a living, and a community without resources. The CFMC is partnering with local non-profit organizations to counter these issues through impactful community based programs and projects aimed at improving the quality of life for Morgan County residents.

Sheltering the Arts

The MAC is one such organization, through community arts activities they combat individual and societal issues facing the community's families and youth. Their programming contributes to personal and social development by building new skills and knowledge. Career and social skills are similarly developed through constructive group activities, which improve communication, planning and organizational skills - all of which increase one’s sense of value and usefulness.

The Community Foundation of Morgan County provided a $10,000 Impact Grant when this vital programming was threatened by costly repairs to the 105 year old Vandalia Depot, a building on the National Register of Historic Places and home to the MAC. When combined with grants from other community based organizations this funding ensured that $43,000 in necessary repairs to the underpinning of the building’s clay tile roof were completed -- guaranteeing the future security of this much needed community arts program and historic landmark.

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Since 2000, the Community Foundation of Morgan County has awarded more than $700,000 to local non-profits through grants that support the quality of life in Morgan County. CFMC Grants have historically hovered around the $30,000 mark, but thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and many other donors, grants in 2016 skyrocketed to $125,000 in potential grant funds – more than the total funds granted out since 2012. Grant funds totaling $100,000 are specifically dedicated to larger impact grants, while one-time capacity grants are allocated on a rolling basis. This $10,000 grant to the Martinsville Arts Council is but one example of the impact the Community Foundation is making on the Morgan County landscape.

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