COLUMBIA CITY – The Old Settlers Association Inc. annually gives thousands of dollars to Whitley County nonprofit organizations through its grant process.

Among the grants to better the community, the 2017 Old Settlers Day Association Officers approved a new flagpole to adorn the new Russell and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center.

“We are proud to provide a small part of this fabulous facility. The state-of-the-art facility, along with the new high school, shows that Columbia City and Whitley County are a great place to live and work,” said Gene Smith, 2017 OSD President.

Submitted grants are reviewed during the July of each year for their merit and impact on the community. The process closely follows the Whitley County Community Foundation grant requirements with an emphasis on sustainable community improvement projects.

To apply for grants, visit