Hamilton County Community Foundation Awards Over $175k in Grants

Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of CICF, approved grants and investments for Hamilton County not-for-profits, projects and initiatives totaling $175,804.

These grants were awarded towards increasing capacity, expansion, projects, and initiatives in Hamilton County that serve within at least one of the three community leadership pillars of the foundation. These pillars are mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Additionally, the central mission to equity plays an integral role in how each pillar supports the decisions and direction of the foundation.  

“Through our competitive grant process, Hamilton County Community Foundation is able to invest our own dollars back into Hamilton County not-for-profits working in our strategic pillars of family and youth empowerment, mental health, and inclusive economic growth,” said Jeena Siela, community leadership officer for Hamilton County Community Foundation. “We were incredibly impressed with the number of applications we received in our May grant round. We’re so grateful for the work these fourteen funded not-for-profits do every single day and look forward to partnering with them.”  

Some of the organizations receiving support include: 

Alternatives Incorporated ($10,000) – Alternatives Incorporated strives to eradicate domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention in Central Indiana. The organization serves six counties including Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Marion, and Tipton. The people they serve are domestic and sexual violence survivors and their children. Their services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, housing, case management, flexible assistance, safety planning and danger assessments, and support and education groups. This award supports their services that include but are not limited to aiding in maintenance, insurance, housing, childcare, and travel for those being served. 

Faith in Indiana ($14,500) – Faith in Indiana is a faith-based coalition including 10 Hamilton County congregations that seek to build leadership and organize people on faith to advocate for effective changes. These congregations include Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network, First United Methodist Church of Noblesville, Roots of Live Community Church, Faith Community Church, First Christian Church of Noblesville, Holy Spirit Parish at Geist Catholic Church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Bethel AME Church, and White River Christian Church. Their project aims to capture and break the multigenerational cycle of mental illness and the justice legal system’s dysfunction. This award will support their goal of training, educating, engaging, and mobilizing groups in Hamilton County.  

Roberts Chapel Church and Burial Association [Settlement] Inc. ($20,711) – Roberts Settlement Inc. is a Hamilton County African American cultural heritage site that aims to bring history, acknowledgment, education, and legacy of African American pioneering in the county. The 100th homecoming in 2023 presents the unique opportunity to showcase the impact, contributions, and roles of the Settlement throughout Indiana’s history. This award will support the installation and services of the Legacy Walk experience to celebrate the anniversary.  


During this grant round, the endowment for Hamilton County directed $99,100 to grants for 14 different organizations. These grants align with the foundation’s three community leadership initiatives for Hamilton County: mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Additionally, field-of-interest funds with Hamilton County Community Foundation contributed $76,704. These field-of-interest funds are created by fundholders who wish to support a specific organization, cause, or area beyond their lifetime and stewarded by Hamilton County Community Foundation in fulfilling donor-intent. During this round of funding, Noblesville Fund, Northern Hamilton County Fund, Jack Arnold Russell Fund, Westfield Endowment Fund, and Dale Snelling Endowment Fund provide support in regional, county-wide, and area-specific served communities. 

Alternatives Inc.  No More Domestic Violence Community Endowment for Hamilton County $10,000 
Arts for Learning, Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences School partnerships in Hamilton County  Jack Arnold Russell Fund and Northern Hamilton County Fund $9,256 
Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville  Transportation program Dale Snelling Endowment Fund and Noblesville Fund $15,000 
Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation  Supporting School Refusal Anxiety within HSE Schools  Community Endowment for Hamilton County, Jack Arnold Russell Fund, and Dale Snelling Fund $18,320 
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry  "Meat the Need” program and nutrition expansion  Community Endowment for Hamilton County and Northern Hamilton County Fund $5,000 
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County  Sponsor-A-Meal Program (SAM)  Jack Arnold Russell Fund $15,727 
Million Meal Movement  Engaging students through community service to feed Sheridan's food insecure Community Endowment for Hamilton County and Northern Hamilton County Fund $3,350 
Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, Inc.  2021 Accessible Van Giveaway and Adaptive Equipment Program Community Endowment for Hamilton County $10,000 
Faith in Indiana  We Make Hamilton County Healthy and Safe initiatives Community Endowment for Hamilton County $14,500 
Heart and Soul Clinic, Inc.  Integrative Health Access Community Endowment for Hamilton County and Westfield Endowment Fund $10,000 
Hope Family Care Center, Inc. Mental and Behavioral Health Care Programs  Community Endowment for Hamilton County and Northern Hamilton County Fund $9,940 
Conner Prairie Museum, Inc. Youth-Created Elements for Promised Land as Proving Ground  Community Endowment for Hamilton County $10,000 
Inclusivity Institute  Limited Voucher Program - Mobility Dale Snelling Endowment Fund and Noblesville Fund $24,000 
Roberts Chapel Church and Burial Association [Settlement] Inc. The Legacy Walk at Roberts Settlement Community Endowment for Hamilton County and Northern Hamilton County Fund  $20,711 
TOTAL $175,804 

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