Hamilton County Community Foundation Awards $152.5K In Grants

Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), announced today grants totaling $152,500 would be awarded through the Racial Equity Grassroots grant ($75,000), the LINK Youth Advisory Council (15,000), and initiative-based grants ($62,500) to organizations serving Hamilton County focusing on racial equity, as well as the community leadership initiatives of mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. 

Hamilton County not-for-profits receive funding through the Community Leadership Innovation Fund

The Racial Equity Grassroots grants were made possible through support from the Community Leadership Innovation Fund (CLIF), a CICF fund comprised of five philanthropic leaders—Lori Efroymson-Aguilera, Marianne Glick, Myrta Pulliam, Cindy Simon Skjodt, Charlie Sutphin— and three foundations—CICF, The Indianapolis Foundation, and Hamilton County Community Foundation, represented by each boards’ leadership.  

The organizations and projects receiving Racial Equity Grassroots funding are: 

  • Communities Allied for Racial Equity (CARE) ($5,000) for start-up support & Collaboration Hub membership. 
  • Fishers Arts Council ($8,500) to engage in student education, Black art/artists programs, and event support for 2021 and 2022. 
  • Hamilton County Leadership Academy ($1,500) to support the education of Hamilton County leaders. 
  • Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation ($4,000) for Foundation engagement on equity work and representation on boards and grantmaking. 
  • Nickel Plate Arts ($6,000) for support of county-wide initiatives and engagement in LGBTQIA+ inclusion. 
  • Noblesville Diversity Coalition ($20,000) to support continued community reach that amplifies education, trainings, resources, and work with the city chamber and public. 
  • Noblesville Schools Education Foundation ($20,000) to support student travel to enhance their racial equity perspective and the implementation of community action from the education gained through the trip. 
  • Racial Equity Community Network  ($5,000) to support their equitable vision, continued educational opportunities, county-wide involvement opportunities, thought-leadership initiatives, and Collaboration Hub membership. 
  • Westfield Forward ($5,000) to support program creation, start-up costs, and consulting opportunities to build a strategic plan that connects the schools to the community. 

Hamilton County Community Foundation’s Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion (OEI) Committee and board of directors approved $75,000 in grant awards. The board of directors approved these grants at the May 11, 2021 meeting and were awarded on May 27, 2021. 

Hamilton County not-for-profits receive funding through the LINK Youth Advisory Council’s funding from Hamilton County Community Foundation grants committee.

Hamilton County Community Foundation provides $15,000 for the LINK Youth Advisory council to award each Spring. As part of the grantmaking process, council members, Hamilton County high school students, conduct site visits throughout the year to the different organizations that make up the charitable community in Hamilton County. The goal of these visits is for council members to understand the needs of the community and to consider ways council members can either fund a program with a grant or volunteer their time. 

The organizations and projects receiving LINK Youth Advisory Council awards are: 

  • Advocates for Children & Families (Cherish) ($800) for their requested play area items. 
  • Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources ($500) for Prevention, Intervention and Postvention staff training through ICPYAS and volunteer training. 
  • Ben’s Ranch Foundation ($2,000) to support a matching program for their outreach efforts. 
  • Brooke’s Place ($3,300) used toward the BP8 Program (support groups) and providing education materials for students and facilitators. 
  • Children’s TherAplay Foundation ($2,100) for craft supplies, lunches, and entertainment materials for their Sibling Camp Project. 
  • Hamilton County System of Care Youth & Family Alliance ($1,500) to support community discussions on mental wellness (Parent and Teen Cafes). 
  • The Cabin Counseling & Resource Center ($4,800) to provide financial assistance to individuals (age 3-18) in need of professional counseling and education in Hamilton County.  

The board of directors approved these grants at the May 11, 2021 meeting and were awarded on May 27, 2021. 

Hamilton County not-for-profits receive initiative-based funding through Hamilton County Community Foundation

Grants were made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County ($39,500) and field of interest funds, including the City of Noblesville Fund ($11,000), the Northern Hamilton County Fund ($10,000), and the Westfield Endowment Fund ($2,000).  

The organizations and projects receiving funding are: 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana ($15,000) for programming support for adult-to-youth mentoring.  
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Our Lady of Grace Conference, Inc. ($10,000) to support the Noblesville food pantry restocking and county-wide operations. 
  • Social Health Association ($10,000) to support their Healthy Youth for Hamilton County Initiative. 
  • Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation, Inc. ($7,500) to support the Weekend Backpack program, “Feeding Our Students”. 
  • Grace Care Center (GCC) Foundation ($20,000) to support the Mobile Choice Food Pantry operations. 

The board of directors approved these grants at the May 11, 2021 meeting and were awarded on May 20, 2021. 


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