Elkhart County residents unleashed their imaginations for the next batch of Little BIG Idea Grants.

We love seeing that kind of inspiration, joy and community spirit that the Little BIG Idea Grant exists to support. Already, the grant program launched under the Vibrant Communities initiative has sparked projects ranging from a Latino arts festival, Christmas market, and school-wide positive messages through art.

Here are the newest winners of Little BIG Idea Grants and recipients of up to $1,000:

Delilah Bienz – Positive Posters

Delilah, a 7-year-old Girl Scout, and her mother will be creating posters with affirming and inspirational messages that will be displayed throughout the town of Bristol and perhaps throughout the Elkhart County region.

Lindsey Kroening – Goshen HS Guinea Pigs

The head of the guidance department at Goshen High School will be using $750 to obtain a guinea pig as a comfort pet. Students will be able to pet and interact with the guinea pig to help them in difficult circumstances.

Jalyn Stofleth – Shine Through Slime

The Benton Elementary School student will be unleashing “slime” – the non-toxic squishy toy – at a countywide event at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Jalyn said she wants kids from all over Elkhart County to get together to share their love of slime and learn about how to make it.

Trot Thompson – No-Bullying Club

The Woodview Elementary School student will be creating a no-bullying club and creating an event involving a famous speaker to acknowledge those who stand against bullying.

Wendy Kovach – Elkhart Makerspace

The teacher and librarian at Pierre Moran Middle School sought a grant to supplement makers-space activities at her school. The club started in August 2017 and has grown as students spread the news through word-of-mouth.

The Little BIG Idea Grants are intended to spread love, creativity and community through programs, events and projects that celebrate life in Elkhart County. The more people who can get involved or be affected positively by a project, the better!

Grant applications for up to $1,000 awards are still being accepted at www.LittleBigIdeaGrant.com. It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 years old or 88 years old. The Little BIG Idea Grant and the Vibrant Communities initiatives believe in the power of creative people being inspired to shine their light across the community.

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