Editor’s Note: This is part of a series recognizing each of the 50 states by providing state specific grants for each. These articles follow the National Day Calendar Year. The calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union in 2017 starting the week of Independence Day. Indiana was the 19th state to join the union and is celebrated on Nov. 16.
So, in honor of National Indiana Day, GrantWatch is sharing some of its favorite grants below that are specifically for the state.
The midwestern state is known as the Hoosier state and its residents are called Hoosiers. According to the state’s Historical Bureau, the origin for the nickname is unknown. However, one theory is that it started with Samuel Hoosier, a contractor who preferred to hire laborers from Indiana and called them “Hoosier’s men.”
Overall, Indiana is responsible for a number of contributions, but the biggest one may be the Indianapolis 500. The race has become the most famous races in motorsports in the last 102 years. Along with its notoriety in motorsports, Indiana is also known for its farmlands, which make up two-thirds of the state. According to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, farming and agriculture contributes $31.2 billion to the state’s economy.
Along with these interesting facts about the state, here are a few others you might not know.
10 Facts About Indiana
- Firstly, Indiana gets more than 20,000 letters to Santa Claus every year and volunteers even reply to them.
- Jackson 5, as well as the King of Pop, got their start in the small town of Gary, IN.
- The first successful goldfish farm in the United States was in the state.
- The grave of Johnny Appleseed is there.
- It is also home to the world’s largest Batman memorabilia collection.
- Indiana produces more than 20 percent of the U.S. popcorn supply.
- The state flower is a peony.
- It is home to a 20-foot tall “Big Peach” statue.
- In addition, there you will find the World’s Largest Sycamore Stump.
- Lastly, the state colors are blue and gold.
Five Indiana-Specific Grants
- Grants to Indiana local government agencies for transportation-related projects. Funding is for a range of new projects in rural regions, such as bridges, trails, roads, safety, and sidewalks.
- In addition, there is funding of up to $2,500 to Indiana nonprofits, K-12 schools, and IHEs in eligible areas to create a qualified and diverse health care workforce. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
- Additionally, there are opportunities for Indiana artists in a range of disciplines to participate in a professional development program. The program is to help artists strengthen their business skills, make new connections, and receive guidance about their artistic careers.
- There are also grants to Indiana youth working with a nonprofit to improve the quality of life for residents. Funding is to support youth involvement and encourage philanthropy for the next generation of community leaders. Grants must serve residents in Rush County.
- Grants to Indiana nonprofit historical organizations to promote historic preservation and enhance organizational operations. Interested organizations need to submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application. Funding is for projects in the areas of capacity building, collections stewardship, innovation, and collaboration.
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