CARMEL, IN — Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded $103,000 in grants and $6,800 in Legacy Fund Community Scholarships on March 12, 2014.
The grants and scholarships were made possible by Legacy Fund’s Community Endowment Fund, and also The Sheridan Fund and The Noblesville Fund, which contributed $2,000 and $5,000 respectively to city-specific grants.
The community endowment is an “unrestricted” fund created by donors with an interest in supporting Hamilton County; The Sheridan Fund and The Noblesville Fund were created by each city in order to focus on city-specific issues; Grant allocations from the Community Endowment Fund are approved by Legacy Fund Board of Directors.
Grants awards included $50,000 to support – and continue the county-wide expansion of – the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Programs in 2014 and $45,000 to address community-wide issues including domestic violence, cancer support, sexual abuse, low- and moderate-income housing, medical and dental support for under- and un-insured residents and a community food pantry.
Created in 2009 by the City of Westfield, the Youth Assistance Program was designed not only to keep kids out of the juvenile justice system through early intervention, but also to help them develop critical skills and supports that will lead to productive lives in their community. Legacy Fund and The Estridge Family Trust Foundation have awarded more than $120,000 to the program since 2011.
The LINK Youth Advisory Council was created in 2002 by Legacy Fund to give Hamilton County youth an opportunity to be directly involved in their community and to inspire leadership in high school students through service, grantmaking and educational opportunities.
Legacy Fund Community Scholarships were created in 2001, and are awarded to semifinalists during the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship election process. Thirty applications were submitted for the scholarships and were reviewed by a Scholarship Selection Committee composed of Legacy Fund Board members and community members between January 21st and February 5th, 2014. Four students were selected as Legacy Fund Community Scholarship recipients.
“In keeping with Legacy Fund’s longtime mission, these grants are meant to support organizations addressing critical issues within our community,” said Corby D. Thompson, board chair, Legacy Fund. “The funds that made these grants possible were created by donors with one thing in common – a deep commitment to making Hamilton County a better place to live for everyone.”