Nine Hamilton County organizations will benefit from grants totaling $101,000. Funding was approved by the board of directors for Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Grants support programs serving Hamilton County residents and focus on education, health, transportation and other basic needs. The nine organizations funded include:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana ($15,000)—to expand the adult-to-youth mentor program in Hamilton County to serve 155 youth.
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions ($10,000)—for Dementia Friendly Hamilton County, a program that helps residents living with dementia age in place and maintain meaningful involvement in the community.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency ($5,000)—to support HURU (Who Are You?), a tobacco education program for middle school students.
Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. ($10,000)—to support operations of the 65-seat performance venue, which hosts concerts, workshops, classes, art events and meetings to increase awareness and appreciation for cultural arts.
Janus Developmental Services, Inc. ($25,000)— to support reliable and affordable countywide transportation for Hamilton County residents.
The Milk Bank ($10,000)—to launch the first Baby Café in Indiana. The café will support pregnant women and breastfeeding moms with educational opportunities and free resources, such as breastfeeding counseling.
Youth Mentoring Initiative ($10,000)—to expand the school-based mentoring program at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
The Recovery High School at Fairbanks ($6,000)—to support transportation costs for youth recovering from substance use disorder to attend Hope Academy, the only fully accredited, tuition-free recovery high school in Indiana.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul ($10,000)—to fund the purchase of canned, fresh and frozen meats, cheeses, eggs and vegetables for over 17,000 food pantry clients.
Grants from Hamilton County Community Foundation are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County and supplemented by several city funds held at the foundation—City of Noblesville Fund, Northern Hamilton County Fund and Westfield Endowment Fund—as well as the Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund, a field of interest fund.