Corry Community Foundation

Corry Community Foundation awards $88,111 in grants

Oct 30, 2013 | Posted in News

By Stephen Sears, The Corry Journal
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A few years ago, a community survey conducted as part of the Corry 2020 visioning process indicated that the city of Corry needed more cultural outlets for its residents.

Steve Bishop, executive director of the Corry Higher Education Council, supports the arts. But holding art classes at the hi-ed building a t 221 N. center St. seemed to be out of the question.

"We can't have art here," he thought at the time. "We'll get pain on all of our tables. We need an art classroom dedicated to that purpose."
Thanks in part to the Corry Community Foundation, that classroom is going to become a reality.

The Corry Community Foundation on Tuesday awarded a $5,000 grant to the hi-ed council to use toward constructing an art room appropriate for classes.

The award was one of 14 grants totaling $88,111 presented to local nonprofit groups at a reception held at the hi-ed center. Most of the nonprofit groups had members in attendance who explained how the grant money would be used.

Bishop said walls would be torn down in three former hotel rooms on the second floor to create one large art classroom. Work is expected to begin on the $19,000 project this winters, he said.
In addition to the recent Foundation grant, the project is begin supported by a $12,000 grant from the A. Bruce and Arlene H. Smith Charitable Foundation. "We're looking for that last $2,000," Bishop said.

The Foundation came up big in support of the recent renovation of Corry's Alice Lake in Mead Park. The Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant to the Mead Park Association to help pay for the dredging of the lake in September. An additional $5,250 grant was awarded to the association for fiscal and operational process changes.

"Thank you very much," said association President Hy Daley. "We're so proud of Alice Lake. Basically, the people helped save Alice Lake."

These nonprofit organizations also were awarded grants:

•Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, $2,000, Pennsylvania Business Week at Corry Area High School.
•Corry Artists' Guild, $2,000, 2013 spring art show, Sunday in the Park and CorryFest.
•Corry Community Development Corp., $6,500 matching funds for Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Mission Main Street project.
•Corry Community Theater, $2,000 production of "The Wizard of Oz."
•Corry Garden Club, $500, plants.
•Corry Area Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 computer replacement.
•Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, $8,319, equipment for mini pumper.
•Corry Together, $5,735, equipment and supplies for community center in Snyder Circle.
•Elgin-Beaverdam Hose Co., $2,000, drive cams for vehicles.
•Corry Area Historical Society, $2,000, Hands-on-History Day.
•Union City Family Support Center, $2,000, 40 Assets Initiative.
•United Way of Erie County, $3,807, Erie Free Taxes in Corry area.

Since its inception in 2000, the Corry Community Foundation has established 50 different charitable endowments with a market value of more than $9 million. During that time, the Foundation has awarded nearly $4.4 million in grants and scholarships.

"To have $9 million given by local people is unheard-of for a community our size," Foundation Chairman Bill Nichols said. "This is something special for our community."

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