Legacy Fund of Hamilton County Awards $71,394 in Grants

Grants provide support to organizations enhancing their community.

Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded a total of $71,394 in grants upon Legacy Fund’s Board of Directors’ approval at its November 2014 meeting.

Grants were allocated to 12 not-for-profit organizations in Hamilton County that share Legacy Fund’s goal to transform and improve Hamilton County for its residents.

Legacy Fund Nov 2014 grants“The organizations receiving these grants serve a variety of purposes and needs, but their end goal—to improve the lives of Hamilton County residents—is always the same,” said Corby Thompson, board president, Legacy Fund. “We are proud to represent Legacy Fund donors as we serve the needs of the community.”

The Legacy Fund board seeks to award grants that connect resources to community needs. Terry Anker, Legacy Fund president, announced at November’s Celebration of Philanthropy that a past grant recipient, Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program (YAP), successfully expanded its programming into six county high schools and became self-sustaining from Legacy Fund support in Noblesville and Westfield Counties.

All grants, including those previously awarded to Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program, are made possible by Legacy Fund’s Community Endowment Fund, an unrestricted fund created by donors interested in Hamilton County, and also The Sheridan Fund and the City of Noblesville Fund, which awarded city-specific grants.

Legacy Fund of Hamilton County November 2014 Grant Awards

Organization Amount Purpose Community
Big Brothers Big Sisters $10,000 To support Adult-to-Youth Mentoring programs. Hamilton County
Carmel Arts Council $3,000 General operating support for the Carmel Arts Council. Carmel
Carmel Symphony Orchestra $3,000 To support the Music Brings History to Life program. Carmel
City of Noblesville: Sister Cities project $6,000 To support the Noblesville Sister Cities International Hosting project. Noblesville
City of Noblesville: Mayors History project $2,000 To support a display representing the history of Noblesville mayors. Noblesville
Connect2Help $5,000 To support services to Hamilton County residents and promote self-sufficiency with information and referral. Hamilton County
Lydia Home $5,000 To support the Safe Families for Children program. Hamilton County
Maple Glen Elementary School $5,000 To support Seeds for the Future, a garden and science program at Maple Glen Elementary. Westfield
Second Helpings $12,500 To support hunger relief efforts in Hamilton County. Hamilton County
The Cabin Resource and Counseling & Resource Center $5,000 To support the Samaritan Fund (financial assistance) for mental health counseling for Hamilton County clients at The Cabin. Hamilton County
Young Audiences of Indiana $3,000 To support the School Partnerships at Young-at-Arts programs at Sheridan schools and Head Start programs. Sheridan and County
Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI) $5,000 To support YMI operations at Hamilton Southeastern Schools during 2014-2015. Fishers
Legacy Fund Chairman’s Fund $4,894 To support small grantmaking through the Legacy Fund Chairman’s Grant Fund. Hamilton County
TOTAL: $71,394

Legacy Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), is a $50+ million public foundation that serves Hamilton County by administering charitable funds, foundations and organizational endowments for individuals, families and not-for-profit entities. Established in 1991, Legacy Fund’s goal is to inspire philanthropy as it helps people enhance their family and charitable legacies in tax-smart ways. Legacy Fund has three main priorities: consult with donors, family foundations and professional advisors on charitable giving; award grants; and provide leadership to address community needs. 

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $700+ million public foundation transforming the lives of Central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visit cicf.org, or contact Mike Knight at mikek@cicf.org.


Hands of Hope is interested in receiving a grant application from you.

We are a 501c3 non profit organization. Hands of Hope is an organization that helps kids in so many ways. It focuses on helping parents with adoption by giving grants and interest free loans, it has a program foster to adopt that matches up foster kids with loving families and helps with orphan care here and across the globe. You can learn more about this great group by going to http://www.gracehandsofhope.org

We are seeking a grant to help start a program to assist foster kids that are ageing out of the system. We want to help them start in the right direction so that they will have a chance for success.

Please let me know how your program works and when I should have an application finalized.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Elizabeth Howard


Hi Elizabeth,

Grant applications for The Legacy Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation are accepted two times per year, February 1 to 28 and September 1 to 30. You can apply online on our grantseekers page:

Feel free to call us at 317.634.2423 for more information. Thanks!


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