Tyson Fund Seeking Grant Applicants Through Aug. 1
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – Even posthumously, “Uncle Jim” wants to help out organizations in his hometown of Versailles.
Walgreens Drug Store chain co-founder James Tyson, born in the Ripley County seat in 1856, began the Tyson Fund in 1930 to help advance various causes in the Versailles area. Each year, the fund distributes grants which town residents are given the opportunity to vote on.
Over the past year, the Tyson Fund has provided $5 million to schools, non-profits, and public works projects in the community. Last September, the annual grants totaled more than $586,000.
The Tyson Fund’s trustees are currently accepting grant applications for the 2014 grants, which will be voted on during an annual meeting on September 14, Tyson’s birthday.
Grant applications are available at the Tyson Library or Tyson United Methodist Church. They are due back by 5:00 p.m. on August 1. Questions can be answered by contacting the church at (812) 689-6976 or a Tyson Fund trustee.
Trustees include President Natalie Gilpin, Secretary Bob Meyer, Treasurer Connie Morris, Mike Richmond, Kenny Sheets, Susan Underwood, Jim Leveille, and Bill Bradford.