This month, the Harrison County Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) was approved by the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF)’s Board of Directors to award a total of $4,750 in grants to three youth-serving organizations in the county.

The North Harrison High School Band Boosters received $1,000 to purchase a winter performance ensemble mat. The mat will be used for new winter percussion competitions at the school.

Hayswood Theatre was awarded $1,750 to hold a children’s theatre camp for two weeks in June. The camp will be an opportunity for Harrison County youth in third through 12th grades to learn about theatre.

“The Youth Philanthropy grant allows us to offer a super fun and educational theatre program to the children of Harrison County at a super affordable price,” Connie Bell, a member of Hayswood Theatre’s Board of Directors, said. “We think it will be a big hit with our participants and their families.”

The Harrison Hoosiers 4-H Club received $2,000 for a beautification project at Hayswood Park. The members of the club have collected more than 300 pounds of bottle caps to recycle into a bench, and they have secured several thousand dollars in donated trees, picnic tables, concrete and labor. The grant from the YPC will help fund additional trees, rain garden supplies, additional benches, signs and needed supplies to finish a shelter house.

The YPC helps Harrison County youth identify what they are passionate about and learn how to serve their community. In addition to awarding grants to Harrison County nonprofits, YPC members complete activities and service projects to learn about and experience philanthropy firsthand.

To learn more about the YPC, contact Heather Stafford, Director of Programs at HCCF, at 812-738-6668 or

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