Legacy Fund Awards $90,500 in Grants to Benefit Hamilton County Organizations, Projects


Additional $10,000 allocation to three local agencies by student-advisory council

Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded a total of $90,500 in grants upon Legacy Fund’s Board of Directors’ approval at its May 17, 2016 meeting.

Grants were allocated to 11 not-for-profit organizations that share Legacy Fund’s goal to transform and improve Hamilton County for its residents. The LINK Advisory Council, a youth-based philanthropic council created by Legacy Fund in 2002, also awarded $10,025 to three not-for-profits, including support for a public art project celebrating the state’s bicentennial anniversary.


“Awarding grants to influential not-for-profit organizations is a significant part of transforming our community, but it also involves cultivating the next generation of philanthropists. The LINK Advisory Council experiences first-hand the impact of strategic grantmaking. It’s an experience that will follow them into adulthood.”

-Mike Daugherty, Board Chair of Legacy Fund and Vice President and Wealth Advisor of First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors

All grants are made possible by Legacy Fund’s Endowment For Hamilton County, an unrestricted fund created 25 years ago by donors interested in continuously addressing needs in Hamilton County. Supplemental funding was provided by The Sheridan Fund and The City of Noblesville Fund, which awarded city-specific grants that may be leveraged with grants from Legacy Fund’s unrestricted endowment.


Legacy Fund grant allocations 

Project/ Program
Award Amount
Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County Support for Domestic Violence Eradication Programing $10,000
Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. Englishton Park Academic Program $8,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. Mobile Pantry sites in Sheridan, Arcadia, Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield $15,000
Janus Developmental Services, Inc. Out and About Community Involvement Volunteer Program $5,000
M.A.M.A.’s Cupboard Back to School Program for students in Sheridan $3,000
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Countywide In-Home Meal Delivery for seniors $10,000
Nickel Plate Arts, Inc. 2016 Arts Community-Building $5,000
Open Doors Capital support for a new facility to be built this fall next to Monon Trail Elementary in Westfield $10,000
Second Helpings, Inc. Hunger Relief to Hamilton County Residents $12,000
Servants At Work Hamilton County 2016 Ramp Project $5,000
Young Audiences of Indiana School Partnerships and Young-at-Arts program in Hamilton County schools $7,500



LINK Advisory Council Allocations

Project/ Program
Award Amount
Indiana Association of United Ways “Bison-tennial” public art project $2,625
Chaucie’s Place To research, develop and adapt the Body Safety Program for Children $3,700
Children’s Bureau, Inc. Emergency basic needs assistance in Hamilton County $3,700


ABOUT Legacy Fund 

Legacy Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), is a $56 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 $701 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.

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