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Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties awards over $200,000 through inaugural cycle


Pictured:  Bob and Sue Ann Wortman


Advisory board members of the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock counties gathered in late March to evaluate the 23 requests received for funding through the foundation’s inaugural cycle. Nonprofit organizations serving Shelby and Hancock Counties were invited to submit proposals that focused on health and education as well as projects and programs that enhanced quality of life.


Bob Wortman and his advisory board are pleased with the nonprofit community’s response to this new opportunity and are delighted to announce this year’s grant recipients.


Fifteen applicants were chosen to receive funding. $126,161 will be awarded to the following organizations:


· Blue River Youth Choir

· Hancock County Children’s Choir

· Hancock County Senior Services

· Morristown Boys and Girls Club

· Morristown High School – Science and Music departments

· Morristown Visionary Committee

· Nameless Creek Youth Camp

· Shelby County Pantry Pals

· Purdue Extension of Hancock County

· Shelby County Youth Assistance Program

· Shelby Bridge Ministries

· Shelby County Players

· Shelby County Public Library – Velma Wortman Morristown Branch

· Shelby County YMCA


In addition to the competitive cycle grantees, the Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties will be supporting the following projects with annual gifts to each of $25,000 for five years: 


Early Learning Shelby County – capital campaign for a quality daycare facility in      Shelby County


Hancock Health Foundation – programming for mental health and addiction services


Shelby County Players – capital campaign for new performance facility