Central Indiana Senior Fund Awards $757,360 to Local Organizations

Grants support safety, health and well-being of seniors in Central Indiana

Central Indiana Senior Fund, a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded grants to 24 senior-serving not-for-profit organizations totaling $757,360. The Senior Fund advisory board selected organizations that alleviate barriers and create opportunities for a growing senior population in Central Indiana.

Grants were awarded to: Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, Castleton United Methodist Church/ Still Waters Adult Day Center, CICOA, Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Connect2Help, Eskenazi Health Foundation, Families First Indiana, Flanner House, Gibault Care, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Hawthorne Social Service Association, Horizon House, John H. Boner Community Center, Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Meals on Wheels of Hancock County, National Foundation Of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Servants at Work, Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, The Salvation Army, Trinity Free Clinic, Trusted Mentors, United Way of Central Indiana, and Westminster Neighborhood Services.

Organizations supported by Senior Fund align with one or more of the fund’s priority areas, indicated by research as the areas of need for the aging population:

  • basic needs – food, transportation and shelter
  • health and wellness – illness prevention and overall wellness
  • living environment of choice – affordable housing, home care and safety
  • life-affirming opportunity – programs that utilize talents and increase social interactions among seniors in Central Indiana

To better inform future grants and understand the needs of Central Indiana seniors, Senior Fund is planning a ‘State of Aging’ research report in 2019. An active request for proposal is available here for a highly qualified research partner to prepare and refine the report. Proposals are due 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2018.

Central Indiana Senior Fund was created in 2003 upon the decision to close The Indianapolis Retirement Home, a retirement home for low-income senior citizens. The funds from the sale of the home and its land, in addition to the retirement home’s endowment, all contributed to the creation of the Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation, now known as Central Indiana Senior Fund. Since its creation, Central Indiana Senior Fund has awarded more than $7 million to organizations and projects serving the senior population.

central indiana senior fund Grants
Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care and Support Services $35,000
Castleton United Methodist Church/ Still Waters Adult Day Center Adult Day Center Scholarship Program $18,000
CICOA Operating Support $50,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside  Partner Place Senior Program for neighborhood seniors $35,000
Connect2Help Operating Support $50,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Senior Care Program, which helps seniors remain independent and EMBRACE, which supports senior patients with cancer $35,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Marion County Senior Care Program, which helps make seniors’ homes safer $35,000
Families First Indiana Older & Challenged Adults Program, which provides assistance to at-risk seniors $35,000
Flanner House Senior Program for neighborhood seniors $35,000
Gibault Care Medical & Therapy Equipment to help nursing home patients be more mobile $34,910
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Senior Hunger Initiative $35,000
Hawthorne Social Service Association Senior Program for neighborhood seniors $29,000
Horizon House Senior Neighbor Services for homeless seniors $35,000
John H. Boner Community Center Senior Socialization/Wellness Program expansion for neighborhood seniors $35,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope, which provides transportation to cancer appointments $35,000
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County One Meal at a Time, a meal delivery program $10,000
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped  Donated Dental Services for seniors $10,000
Servants at Work Ramps for Seniors to safely enter and exit their homes $50,000
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County Reaching Resources, which provides intensive case management for Hamilton County seniors $35,000
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Dementia Caregiver Education Program $10,450
The Salvation Army Bridging Services for homeless senior or those at risk of homelessness $25,000
Trinity Free Clinic Free health care for seniors $30,000
Trusted Mentors Mentoring At-Risk Seniors $25,000
United Way of Central Indiana 2019 Winter Assistance Fund $10,000
Westminster Neighborhood Services Senior Shopping Day at the food pantry $20,000
TOTAL: $757,360

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