The Blue River Community Foundation announced that the Wortman Family Foundation grant cycle is open.

The Wortman Family Foundation for Shelby and Hancock Counties was created by Bob Wortman from a desire to give back to the communities that have been extremely supportive of both his family and his businesses.

Bob and his wife, Sue, created their first community fund with Blue River Community Foundation in 2003 and have since given generously to numerous Shelby and Hancock county organizations, BRCF said.

A lifelong resident of Morristown, Bob left town only to serve his country in the Marines after high school, according to BRCF’s website. Upon his return, he married his childhood sweetheart, Sue, and they raised their family and built a successful business in his hometown.

Three of the most notable projects their funds produced include the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center in Hancock County, the Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center in Shelbyville, and the start of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Morristown.

Working with BRCF, funding from the Wortman Family Foundation will be focused on the community needs of both Shelby and Hancock counties, BRCF said. Activities that better these communities and address their current needs will be considered.

Efforts and initiatives in education and health are preferred and projects or programs benefitting the Morristown community are priority.

Organizations may submit a grant interest form to the Blue River Community Foundation at by Jan. 28, 2022. Requests between $2,500-$25,000 will be considered.

Grants are awarded to local 501(c)3 nonprofits and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501 (c)3 status.

Organizations without 501(c)3 designation must show documentation of charitable purpose. Units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations all qualify for funding.

Organizations with approved interest forms will receive a link to the grant application via email. The deadline for the grant applications is Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

Additional information required with the grant request includes:

Organization’s most recent year-end financial statements, audited if available, showing revenues and expenses;

Organization’s current year’s operating budget;

If applicable, a copy of the fiscal agent agreement;

Most recently filed IRS 990 form and W-9;

IRS determination letter; and

List of applicant’s organizational board members with their contact information.

More information about the grant can be found at https://www.blueriver -family-foundation.