2023 Winter Grant Recipients


The Portland Foundation Announces Winter 2023 Grant Recipients

Out of the requests from 29 different projects totaling $582,975 the Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved grants totaling $267,555 for 20 Jay County projects for the first half of 2023.  $232,911 comes from unrestricted funds and $34,644 from field of interest funds. Those grants are as follows:


A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope - $20,000 to fund addiction treatment for Jay County individuals


Arts Place - $30,000 to fund the MusicWorks program


Arts Place - $5,000 to fund the Eric R. Rogers Performing Arts Series at Hudson Family Park


Dunkirk Beautification Committee - $2,300 to fund the Webster Depot Park summer concert series


Jay Community Center - $25,000 to fund the Boomer Sports program


Jay County 4-H Clubs - $10,000 to fund roof repair on the 4-H Exhibit Hall and the purchase of an ice machine


Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition - $25,000 to fund the Peer Addiction Support Team (PAST) program


Jay County Fourth of July Committee - $10,000 to fund Fourth of July Activities in Jay County


Jay County Historical Society - $5,000 to fund the Heritage Festival


Jay County Pee Wee Football - $15,000 to fund the purchase of 150 new football helmets


Jay County REMC - $6,000 to fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Jay County


Jay-Randolph Developmental Services - $2,455 to fund the purchase of materials for clients.  Funding comes from the Robert M. and Frances O. Gillespie Educational Trust and the Jean Leslie Jaqua Fund, which are both designated to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.


John Jay Center for Learning - $6,000 to fund Robotics and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camps


John Jay Center for Learning - $6,000 to fund the Senior Learning Series


John Jay Center for Learning - $10,000 to fund language classes for Spanish speakers learning English and English speakers learning Spanish


John Jay Center for Learning - $31,800 to fund the SkillsTrac Industrial Maintenance training program for Jay County Jr-Sr High School seniors.  Funding comes from the Weldon L. and Dorothy H. Hamma Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides funding for non-traditional students pursuing post-secondary education, including certifications, degrees and union journeyman cards.


Kate’s Kart - $5,000 to fund the purchase of new books for distribution to children at IU Health Jay Hospital.  $389 comes from the Jay County Endowment for Literacy.  The remainder comes from unrestricted Funds.


Pennville Community Gym - $40,000 to fund roof repair on the gym


Run for the Fallen – Honor and Remember of Indiana - $5,000 to fund the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit


West Jay Community Center - $8,000 to fund Summer Day Camp  


“As always, The Portland Foundation is very pleased to be able to award these grants. The generosity of Jay County citizens over the last 72 years allows the Foundation to carry out its mission - to enhance the quality of life for the people in Jay County,” said Foundation Executive Director Doug Inman. 


The next grant application deadline is June 26, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.


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