Marengo, IN – For the eighth year in a row, the Crawford County Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC), a program of the Community Foundation of Crawford County (CFCC), completed the process of reviewing grant applications and selecting well-deserving organizations to receive the grant awards.  The Council this year was comprised of Crawford County High School National Honors Society students: Laken Belcher, Sadie Brown, Tanner Conrad, Camryn Fraze, Kaden Harrison, Riley House, Skylar Howell, Matthew Little, Caden Menke, Kaitlyn Quillen, Kylie Rickenbaugh, Riley Setser, and Ellie Stroud.

Application and Decision Process

The YPC met with Community Foundation staff in March.  Following this, the application was released. At that point, the grant cycle was announced via Facebook and email. Information about the grant cycle and application was printed in the Clarion News Paper. Three applications were received from qualified organizations serving Crawford County. The students received all applications, then reviewed and scored each.

At the last meeting, the students recommended funding a portion of each grant application to help fund multiple projects in our community.

The YPC is overseen by Laken Fraime, Director of Finance and Programs. She said, “I was impressed with the diligence displayed by these young students to make the best decisions that could make an impact. Everyone had a voice and was included in conversation and decision making.”


The YPC funded three different organizations: Crawford County CASA, Crawford County Solid Waste Management District, and Milltown Volunteer Fire Department.

  • The grant to Crawford County CASA will support their project of “Cakes for Kids” which will help ensure no child is forgotten on their birthday.
  • The grant to Crawford County Solid Waste Management District will support their project, “Family Compositing Workshop” which will instill organic waste reduction practices in our present and future generations.
  • The grant to Milltown Volunteer Fire Department is supporting their training efforts and will go towards the costs of training equipment to help their firefighters better serve our community.

The students had the opportunity to learn more about each organization throughout this process while also learning more about the nonprofit structure of the CFCC and each organization that applied.

The Crawford County Youth Philanthropy Council is a competitive grant making program designed to empower the youth of Crawford County to review, score, and recommend grant proposals that will provide a meaningful impact to the community. The YPC works with the Community Foundation of Crawford County to learn about servant leadership, volunteerism, the important role philanthropy plays in our community, and assisting in the ultimate goal of making generosity last forever.

The Crawford County YPC Grant cycle is made possible by the Crawford County Youth Philanthropy Endowment created through the generosity of our donors and the fundraising efforts of the CFCC. This fund annually pays out to local non-profit organizations during the YPC Grant Cycle.

At this time, the CFCC Board of Directors are offering a $2 match for every dollar donated to new or existing unrestricted funds made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.  If you are interested in establishing a fund, helping the CCYPC fund, or making a donation please contact Christine Harbeson, executive director, at or (812) 365-2900. 

The Community Foundation of Crawford County was founded in April 1998 by a volunteer Board of Directors that represented a variety of interests in Crawford County. To date, the CFCC has awarded more than $9 million in grants for programs/projects supporting Crawford County children and youth, education, housing, health and human services, the environment, technology advancements, literacy and the arts, and has awarded well over $3 million in scholarships benefiting Crawford County students. The CFCC currently manages more than 100 charitable funds on behalf of families, individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations.