Planned Giving

Community Grants Now Available


The Benton Community Foundation Board of Directors recently announced that they will be accepting applications for Community Grants this summer. Non-profits serving our community are invited to apply for a variety of projects; the Board has allocated up to $20,000 for these awards.

Interested organizations are encouraged the contact the Foundation prior to completing the application to verify that their project falls within the grant guidelines. Complete guidelines and the application for the grants are now available. or from the Foundation office. These applications will be due by Monday, August 25th at 12:00 pm. Approved projects will have funding available by the end of September.

Community Grants may be used for a wide variety of charitable purposes; however priority is given to programs that reach many people, improve the ability of the organization to serve the community over the long term, serve Benton County residents, involve a collaboration of non-profit organizations, and have multiple sources of funding for the project.

Grant funding will be available later this year, for projects that help woman and girls, through The Cookie Jar fund. The Foundation also plans to expand the Letters 2 Santa program, awarding $10,000 in grants the week before Christmas. Watch the Foundationís website for application details.

Please contact Benton Community Foundationís Executive Director Ashley Bice at 765.884.8022 or at for more information.

Posted June 25th, 2014

Foundation Helps Local Adults Go Back To School


The Foundation has just released an online scholarship application geared specifically toward adults and current college students from our community. This scholarship program aims to help our residents earn trade certificates, associate and bachelor degrees, along with other training that may be critical for job advancement. Download the Instructions and apply now!

Scholarship funds can be used toward a variety of programs including, but not limited to: emergency response, HVAC certification, cosmetology, nursing, automotive technology, medical/dental professions, and much more! With nearly $30,000 available, some recipients may receive funding for multiple semesters.

Applications must be completed by 4:00 PM EST on Monday, May 19th. This is the Foundationís first scholarship cycle with this online application program. We promise to be as helpful as possible; please do not wait until the due date to attempt submission or contact us with questions.

For more information about the scholarship program or to obtain help applying online, contact Executive Director Ashley Bice at 765.884.8022 or via email at

Posted April 17th, 2014

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