Grants Recipients Announced For the Fall 2012 Cycle

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. is pleased to announce that they approved seven grant requests recently from their Community Funds.  Organizations receiving grants are:


American Legion Auxiliary was awarded $1,000 for a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Program.  This year is the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War and the Vevay American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a program on Veteran’s Day to honor and thank our Vietnam veterans for their service and to give them the recognition that they deserve.  Over 75% of the Legion’s membership is Vietnam era veterans.


Jefferson County Youth Shelter was awarded $800 for their Family Solutions program in Switzerland County.  This program works closely with families to help them create safe and stable homes for their children, therefore preventing abuse or neglect.  An individual plan is created with each family so that community liaisons can assist them in achieving their goals.

Kids Kingdom Corner was awarded $1,700 to purchase baby beds and repair fencing.  The current baby beds need to be replaced so that they can be in compliance with the new state codes.  The fencing is in need of repair to provide a safer and more efficient facility.   Currently, 27 children are being served at Kids Kingdom Corner.


Switzerland County Angel Tree was awarded $5,000 to provide the children of Switzerland County with a nice Christmas.  Approximately 300 children are served through the Angel Tree and the goal is to provide every child with shoes, clothing, a winter coat and a couple of toys. 


Switzerland County High School Business Professionals of America was awarded $2,322 to help purchase a cash register and Personal Finance classroom resources.  The cash register will be used to track purchases and assist in tracking inventory at the school store.  The Personal Finance classroom resources will consist of online software that will require students to complete a simulation in which they need to find a job, a place to live, pay bills, etc.  The intent is that a hands-on approach will be more effective and interesting for the students.


Switzerland County Elementary School was awarded $1,000 for Literacy and Math Family Fun Night.  This program will be held once a month in the evening between September and May for at least five of the months.  Families will be able to explore learning areas that consist of games, reading activities, math manipulative stations, teacher/parent tutoring and a snack area.  The program is a link between the school and the community and encourages family involvement in school activities.


Switzerland County School Corporation was awarded $4,000 to update materials contained in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math sections of the school libraries.  As our nation’s leaders continue to impress upon school systems the importance of knowledge and skills in these areas, it is imperative that the school libraries keep current by updating and supplementing these collections.


These seven grants are made available from the following Community Funds: Community Foundation Board & Alumni Fund, William & Kathy Day Fund, Switzerland County Community Fund, Switzerland County Quality of Life Fund, Vevay Deposit Bank Fund, and the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation Fund.  Community Funds provide unrestricted grant money that enables the Community Foundation to respond to grant requests from local nonprofit organizations, as well as assist with the changing needs of the community.


The grants programs that the Community Foundation will be offering in 2013 will be announced towards the end of this year.  If you have any questions about the Foundation’s grants process or the Foundation in general, you may stop in at their office located at 303 Ferry Street in Vevay, call 812-427-9160 or email