Hamilton County Community Foundation Announces $165k in Grants

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.  

Tom Kilian

Tom Kilian

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 squareAccredited 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.


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.

OrganizationProject TitleFunded ByAward Amount
Behavioral Health
Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton CountyStronger Veterans, Stronger CommunitiesJack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund$5,000
Humane Society for Hamilton CountyPets Healing VetsCommunity Endowment, Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund$17,500
Westfield Washington Educational Foundation, IncImproving Student Mental Health through Collaborative PartnershipCommunity Endowment, Westfield Endowment Fund$20,000
Trinity Free ClinicBreaking the Barriers to Behavioral Health AccessCommunity Endowment, Carmel Endowment Fund$20,000
Family & Youth Empowerment
Hamilton County Harvest Food BankGrow Meat and produce Access through Food Procurement Coordinator StaffingCommunity Endowment$7,500
Midwest Food Bank2023 Operating SupportCommunity Endowment$7,500
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.General Operating SupportCommunity Endowment$7,500
Sheridan Community SchoolsNHC Academy – Start-upNorthern Hamilton County Fund$10,000
Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc.Hamilton County Program ExpansionCommunity Endowment$10,000
The Villages of Indiana, Inc.Healthy Families Hamilton CountyJack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund$17,000
Inclusive Economic Growth
Keep Noblesville BeautifulKeep Noblesville Beautiful Part-time Executive DirectorCity of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation$7,500
Indiana Peony FestivalIndiana Peony Festival – Transforming a CommunityCity of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation$7,500
Family Promise of Hamilton CountyFamily Promise of Hamilton County Resource CenterCommunity Endowment$12,500
Noblesville Main StreetNoblesville Main Street SupportCity of Noblesville Fund$15,000

Applications for the next round of funding for Hamilton County Community Foundation responsive grants open on August 1.

Learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking priorities and how to apply.

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