Check presentation

Tarter Fund grant check presentation to Ripley County EMS. Pictured are Clarice Patterson and Jason Smith.

RIPLEY COUNTY – The Ripley County Community Foundation recently awarded $12,740.69 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Osgood from the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund and the Ray E. Herman & Louise (Herman) Crum Memorial Endowment Fund.

Both funds were established by lifelong Osgood residents who wanted to improve the quality and enjoyment of life for the residents of Osgood and the rural community surrounding Osgood.

Four nonprofit organizations were awarded grants from the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund. The Osgood Beautification and Main Street Development Foundation received $2,500 to support the creation of and installation of a a mural for the Osgood Mini Park revitalization project. The Osgood Lions Club received $2,050 to purchase landscape materials for the Fairgrounds and to pay for tent rentals, freezers, and grills for the Ripley County Fair. Ripley County EMS received $2,500 to purchase vacuum splints for ambulances, and the Ripley County Humane Society received $1,200 to purchase floor fans for animal shelter buildings.

The Ray Herman and Louise (Herman) Crum Memorial Endowment Fund distributed $1,000 to the Ripley County Food Pantry to purchase food for the pantry and $1,500 to the Town of Osgood to buy a generator for the Town Hall. Child Evangelism Fellowship received $1,990.69 to support summer camps and Good News Club at Jac-Cen-Del.

“The committee is excited to once again distribute funding from the Tarter and Herman-Crum Funds to the local organizations that serve and benefit the residents that reside within the Osgood community,” said Owen Menchhofer, the Advisor for the Tarter and Herman-Crum Funds. “Since the early establishment of these funds, I’ve been able to watch firsthand how these distributions have positively impacted the community, and I’m looking forward to what opportunities these funds can benefit in the future.”

Fred Crum established the Ray Herman and Louise (Herman) Crum Memorial Endowment Fund in 2002 to support the town of Osgood. Frank Tarter, in his Last Will and Testament, created the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund in 1998. He hoped that the trust would provide a way for the town of Osgood to become a better place in which to live and provide enjoyment, comfort, and security to its residents. “The hopes and dreams that seem so unattainable by each of us alone can become a reality together,” he stated in his will.

If you are interested in learning how you can leave your legacy or to make a donation to the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund #403 or the Ray Herman & Louise (Herman) Crum Memorial Endowment Fund #418, contact the Ripley County Community Foundation by emailing, calling 812-933-1098, visiting, or stopping by the office at 13 East George Street, Suite B, Batesville.

About RCCF

The Ripley County Community Foundation is a 501©(3) charitable organization that assists donors in building an enduring source of charitable funds to benefit the citizens and qualified organizations of Ripley County. The Foundation manages 204 funds and $15 million dollars in assets which are used to improve the Community and serve Ripley County residents through various grants and scholarships. The Foundation is dedicated to partnering with and serving the local communities as a trusted source for charitable giving now and forever. Learn more about the Foundation and how to donate at

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