Legacy Fund, Youth Advisory Board Award $124,500 to Hamilton County Organizations

Grants support 16 different not-for-profits serving hamilton county.

Legacy Fund, the community foundation serving Hamilton County and a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, granted $124,500 to 16 not-for-profit organizations this month.

Legacy Fund grant recipients include, among others:

Advocates for Children and Families Inc.—$10,000 to support the Cherish Center trauma care program, which offers a minimum of two no-cost, professional therapy sessions for any child that alleges child abuse.

Alternatives Inc.—$15,000 enables the organization to continue providing advocacy, case management, transportation, basic needs and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation Inc.—$7,500, and Open Doors of Washington Township Inc.—$4,000, will supply backpacks with supplies and food respectively for students from low-income families.

Among the full list of grant recipients (below) are three, totaling $15,000, recommended by LINK Advisory Council (LINK), a Legacy Fund community initiative for youth. LINK is made up of 15 Hamilton County high school students who meet throughout the school year to learn about and participate in a grant-making process. LINK students conducted a needs assessment survey of 400 peers to help guide their giving this year.

J.T. Lazzara, LINK co-chair and 3-year council member, has learned that grant-making isn’t easy.

“By far the hardest part is making the decision for grant allocation. When you have more need and dollars requested than you can allot, it’s very difficult to say that one need in the community is more important than another.”

–J.T. Lazzara, LINK co-chair and 3-year council member.

Grants from Legacy Fund and LINK Advisory Council are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County. Supplemental funding for these grants and projects were awarded by the City of Noblesville Fund and Sheridan Fund. Additionally, The Indianapolis Foundation, the affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation serving Marion County, awarded $1.4 million to 23 not-for-profit organizations in its community.

grants made through legacy fund

project or program
 Amount Awarded
Advocates for Children and Families Cherish Child Advocacy Center Trauma Care Program $10,000
Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources Rider Scholarship Program for Hamilton County Therapeutic Riding Clients $7,500
Alternatives Incorporated No More Domestic Violence $15,000
Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation Countdown to Kindergarten Calendar $5,000
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Urban Agriculture Staff $15,000
Hamilton Heights Education Foundation Weekend Backpack Feeding Program $7,500
Logan Street Sanctuary  Growing the Stability and Success of Logan Street Sanctuary Inc. $5,000
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Sponsor-A-Senior Program $15,000
Nine 13 Inc. Hamilton County Kids Riding Bikes Expansion for Sheridan $5,000
Open Doors of Washington Township Inc. Back to School supplies and shoe vouchers $4,000.00
Young Audiences of Indiana Arts for Learning’s School Partnerships, Hamilton Co. $8,000.00
Sheridan Schools Summer Safari $12,500.00
  TOTAL $109,500


grants made through LINK Advisory Council

project or program
 Amount Awarded
Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville Character & Leadership Development Programs $8,500
Girls on the Run of Central Indiana Scholarship Assistance for Participants $5,000
Paws and Think Youth Canine Program $1,500
  TOTAL $15,000


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