Hamilton County Community Foundation, part of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) philanthropic collaborative, approved grants for Hamilton County not-for-profits, projects and initiatives totaling $164,500.
The Hamilton County Community Foundation board of directors has approved grants for Hamilton County not-for-profits, projects and initiatives totaling $164,500. Grants support projects and initiatives within the foundation’s three community leadership pillars—behavioral health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth—and are aligned with its mission to mobilize people, ideas and investment to make this a community where every individual has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter their place, race or identity.
“Our foundation is thrilled to support the initiatives of these 14 change-making community partners. We’re excited to see this funding translate into visible and measurable impact within Hamilton County.”
— Tom Kilian, President of Hamilton County Community Foundation
Some of the organizations receiving support from Hamilton County Community Foundation include:
Noblesville Main Street ($15,000) – This grant will support Noblesville Main Street’s staffing, promotional costs, and day-to-day operating expenditures. Noblesville Main Street is an organization that serves its historic downtown district with the intention of creating inclusive programming to bring members of the community into the downtown square. Accredited by Main Street America and Indiana Main Street, Noblesville Main Street represents Noblesville and Hamilton County on a national level by following the revitalization structure created by Main Street America’s Four Point Approach which aims to provide a welcoming atmosphere, encourage community participation to ensure economic vitality by shopping small at local retailers and dining in local restaurants, and create opportunities for volunteerism to serve Downtown Noblesville’s growing community.
The Villages of Indiana, Inc. ($17,000) – The grant will enable The Villages of Indiana to hire an additional bilingual staff member to support families enrolled in their Healthy Families program in Hamilton County. This staff member will remove the language barrier that these families may experience when receiving referrals and services. Healthy Families will support a total of 105 families in Hamilton County this year. The Healthy Families program is an accredited Healthy Families America (HFA) affiliate that works with families with children prenatally up to age five. The HFA model is grounded in an infant mental health framework and the goal is to cultivate and strengthen nurturing parent-child relationships, promote healthy childhood growth and development, and enhance family functioning by reducing risk and building protective factors.
Westfield Washington Educational Foundation, Inc. ($20,000) – This grant will provide additional services, support, and capacity for the current caseload of students receiving mental health services in the school system as well as increase the availability of these services to other students in need. Westfield Washington Schools has seen an increased need in mental health services and mass referrals to their school-based behavioral health provider. They have reached caseload capacity for current services and have had to pause all new referrals. The mission of the Westfield Washington Education Foundation is “To work alongside Westfield Washington Schools and the Westfield community to empower and invest in our students and staff.” Student mental health is an important factor in their effort to achieve that mission.
SEE BELOW FOR A FULL LIST OF INITIATIVES AND GRANTS FUNDED
Funding for this grant round was provided by the endowment fund for Hamilton County, as well as the City of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation, Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund, Northern Hamilton County Fund, Carmel Endowment Fund and Westfield Endowment Fund.
|Organization||Project Title||Funded By||Award Amount|
|Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County||Stronger Veterans, Stronger Communities||Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund||$5,000|
|Humane Society for Hamilton County||Pets Healing Vets||Community Endowment, Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund||$17,500|
|Westfield Washington Educational Foundation, Inc||Improving Student Mental Health through Collaborative Partnership||Community Endowment, Westfield Endowment Fund||$20,000|
|Trinity Free Clinic||Breaking the Barriers to Behavioral Health Access||Community Endowment, Carmel Endowment Fund||$20,000|
|Family & Youth Empowerment|
|Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank||Grow Meat and produce Access through Food Procurement Coordinator Staffing||Community Endowment||$7,500|
|Midwest Food Bank||2023 Operating Support||Community Endowment||$7,500|
|Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.||General Operating Support||Community Endowment||$7,500|
|Sheridan Community Schools||NHC Academy – Start-up||Northern Hamilton County Fund||$10,000|
|Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc.||Hamilton County Program Expansion||Community Endowment||$10,000|
|The Villages of Indiana, Inc.||Healthy Families Hamilton County||Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund||$17,000|
|Inclusive Economic Growth|
|Keep Noblesville Beautiful||Keep Noblesville Beautiful Part-time Executive Director||City of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation||$7,500|
|Indiana Peony Festival||Indiana Peony Festival – Transforming a Community||City of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation||$7,500|
|Family Promise of Hamilton County||Family Promise of Hamilton County Resource Center||Community Endowment||$12,500|
|Noblesville Main Street||Noblesville Main Street Support||City of Noblesville Fund||$15,000|
Applications for the next round of funding for Hamilton County Community Foundation responsive grants open on August 1.
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