One of many foundation grants will extend Goshen bicycle trail, fund Bethany sports facilities

PHOTO CONTRIBUTEDBethany students Sam Ostergren, Christian Yoder, and Jadyn Kaufmann use the Winona Interurban Trail to bike to school.

ELKHART — The Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s board of directors approved $2,942,069 of new and multi-year grants to dozens of nonprofits serving Elkhart County. The grants were given in the categories of placemaking, kids and families, and career pathways.

One of the grants, a $390,000 challenge/matching grant to Bethany Christian Schools, will be used to upgrade sports fields, add a track and increase safety and accessibility to the school’s athletic complex.

The school staff said in a news release, the project will also includes an extension of the Winona Trail on the east side of the railroad tracks and continue south through Bethany property to the Winchester Trails subdivision. Trail users will be able to use the Bethany parking lot as a trailhead, according to the news release from Bethany Christian Schools.

“We are focused on transforming Elkhart County by helping a broad range of initiatives succeed. One way we can do that is by investing in the good work being done by non-profit organizations, churches and schools,” said foundation President Pete McCown in a news release.

Grant requests are reviewed by staff and volunteer committees. Staff members can make decisions on grants of $25,000 or less and the board of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County approves all grants, according to the news release.

The grants awarded since Jan. 1 are:

• Placemaking grants totaling $1,683,285.

• Goshen Theater, programming development, $100,000 over two years.

• Nappanee Power from the Past, $187,200.

• Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Origami in the Gardens, $50,000.

• Bethany Christian Schools, Great Strides Campaign, $390,000 (one-to-one match).

• Friends of the Lerner Endowment Fund, $500,000.

• 20 grants of $25,000 or less totaled $101,085.

• Kids and Families grants totaling $455,729.

• Cancer Resources for Elkhart County, Journey Through Cancer Treatment Program, $30,000.

• Ryan’s Place, Children’s Grief Support Program, $80,000 over two years.

• Good Shepherd Montessori School, preschool expansion in Elkhart County, $100,000 over two years.

• Center for Community Justice, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program, $100,000 over two years.

• Central Christian Church, building improvements for Child Care Ministry, $50,172.

• Career Pathways grants totaling $803,855.

• Goshen College, recruiting and retaining diverse teachers, $57,000 over two years.

• Elkhart Community Schools; Engineering, Technology and Innovation building, $500,000 over two years.

• Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Startup Moxie Elkhart County, $45,000 over two years.

• Seven grants of $25,000 or less totaled $70,055.

• Seventeen grants of $25,000 or less totaled $95,557.

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