COLUMBIA CITY — For the fourth consecutive year, eighth graders at Indian Springs Middle School participated in Charitable Champions, a philanthropy project created through the Community Foundation of Whitley County’s HANDS program.

More than 275 students were immersed in learning more about their community, local charities and grant making through activities and videos.

In February, a nonprofit fair was held at the school and 13 organizations came together to share their organizations’ missions and challenges. Students took the information and returned to their classrooms to form groups that would research needs, develop budgets, design presentations and write grant requests on behalf of their chosen charities.

Last month, the top groups presented their requests to high school students comprising the HANDS Foundation for funding consideration. With the goal of empowering young people, HANDS selected winning groups that were given the opportunity to award real funding to their charities.

Nonprofits receiving grants and the students who made them possible are listed below:

• B.A.B.E., $1,400, by students Erica Johnson, Anne Rice and Kaylen Hendricks.

• Mission 25, $3,000, by students Emily Judd, Brooklyn Babler, Sky Sroufe, Mikaela Austin, Lauryne Calhoon, Keala Fontenot and Zoe Whitacre.

• Salvation Army, $1,000, by students Marissa Bear, Bryana Button and Sarah Landers.

• Peabody Public Library, $350, by students Maddie Sanderson, Hope Lang, Callie Holland and Julia Hammel.

• Whitley County Historical Society, $250, by student Korbin Fulk.

• Whitley County Family YMCA, $1,500, by students Jenna Hesting, Katie Bolt, Mackensey Mabie and Audrey Heiden.