First Grant Cycle in Fiscal Year 2015-2016

The Community Foundation approved $3,096,900 of new grants for the first cycle of its 2015-2016 fiscal year. This is the second year for the grants to be awarded under the new model the Community Foundation developed for community grant awards from the Fund for Elkhart County. All grants are awarded with a focus on the Community Foundation’s three community investment priority areas: Youth Development, Vibrant Community, and Quality of Life.

Here is a recap of the first grant cycle in fiscal year 2015 -2016 :


Good Neighbor Grants are awarded monthly with requests ranging from $250 to $10,000. These grants support community activities, stimulate creative ideas among grassroots groups and support other small project or programs.

Award recipients for Good Neighbor Grants (Subtotal $90,300)
ADEC, $10,000, Community Assistive Technology Challenge
Bethel College, $10,000, Hispanic Student Initiative
Campus Center For Young Children, $5,000, CCYC Security Upgrade
Center for Healing and Hope, $3,200, Website Update
Cornerstone Christian Montessori, $7,000 Building Upgrades
Elkhart Rotary Club, $5,000, Speaker Series
Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana, $5,000, Girl Power: Get the 4-1-1
Goshen Art House, $5,000, Marketing Local Film EcoSystem
Indiana Youth Institute, $3,000, Elkhart County Youth Worker Café
LoveWay, $7,100, Back-up Generator
Mid America Filmmakers, $5,000 Riverbend Film Festival – Goshen 2016
Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, $5,000, Middlebury Fall and Summer Festivals
Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce, $10,000, Nappanee Apple Festival
St. James Athletic Center, $5,000, Facility Renovations
Town of Wakarusa, $5,000, 2016 Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival


Community Investment Grants are awarded twice a year with requests ranging from $10,000 – $250,000. These grants are decided upon by committees comprised of a diverse range of community members who are engaged with their respective sectors and make every effort to be aware of emerging and ongoing initiatives.

Award recipients for Community Investment Grants (Subtotal $1,131,600)
Bashor Children’s Home, $25,000 Learners are Leaders
Boy Scouts of America, LaSalle Council, $37,500/year 1, $37,500/year 2, $37,500/year 3  Elkhart County Scouting
Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County, $250,000 Elkhart Capital Project
Center for Healing and Hope, $25,000 Medical Care and Advocacy
Church Community Services, $35,000 Greenhouse and Program Personnel
Crossing Educational Center, $49,100 Five Star Life Collaboration at Summit
Downtown Elkhart, Inc., $30,000/year 1, $20,000/year 2 Project & Properties Management
Downtown Elkhart, Inc., $50,000/year 1,  $50,000/year 2, $50,000/year 3  Jazz Festival, ArtWalks & Summer Dance
Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, $60,000 Vibrant Communities Action Agenda
Family Christian Development Services, $15,000/year 1, $15,00/year 2 Baby Immunization Clinic
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, $15,000/year 1, $15,00/year 2, $15,000/year 3 Meat supply for local food pantries
Humane Society of Elkhart County, 50,000 New Building Campaign
LaCasa of Goshen, $250,000 Neighborhood Revitalization
Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, $100,000 Healthy Hearts Program
Pathways Retreat, $10,000 Retreat House Furnishings
RETA Ministry, $40,000 Image Clear Ultrasound Unit Operations
Third Street Youth Arts, Inc., $70,000 Youth Outreach Studios
United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, $20,000 Journey Through Treatment Programming

Award recipients in their second or third year of awards: (Subtotal $96,000)
Ryan’s Place, $30,000/year 2 Grief Support Programs
Salvation Army of Goshen, $50,000/year 3 Comprehensive Senior Development Program
Wellfield Botanical Gardens, $16,000/year 3 WBG Education Programs


Key Initiative Grants are awarded twice a year to organizations whose requests are above $250,000. These grant requests begin in the Community Investment Grant (CIG) process and upon approval of the respective CIG committee are forwarded to the Key Initiatives Committee.

Award recipients for Key Initiative Grants (Subtotal $1,475,000)
Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County, $750,000, Goshen and Elkhart Capital Project
Horizon Education Alliance, $275,000/year 1; $250,000/year 2; $200,000/year 3* Operational Support
Humane Society of Elkhart County, $450,000 New Building Campaign

In addition to the above 2015-2016 Key Initiative awards, the Community Foundation fulfilled multi-year commitments which were awarded in 2014-2015.

Award recipients in their second year of awards: (Subtotal $400,000)
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, $150,000/year 2 Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Extension
Oaklawn, $250,000/year 2 Partnership for Children Initiative


“In our second year of our new grant model, I continue to be grateful for the grant committee volunteers who devote so much time and energy into their distribution decisions,” said Pete McCown, Community Foundation President. “It is a difficult process as our county is filled with numerous nonprofit organizations that successfully improve the quality of life in our community.”