First Quarter Grants in Fiscal Year 2016-2017

On Thursday, October 13, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s Board of Directors approved $934,900 of new grants to nonprofits serving Elkhart County. The following Community Investment, Good Neighbor and Rapid Response Grants were awarded from the Fund for Elkhart County during the first quarter of fiscal year 2016-2017.


Community Investment Grants totaled $826,000 and were awarded to 18 organizations. Community Investment Grants address youth development, vibrant community or quality of life issues and respond to requests of $10,000 to $250,000. Submissions are reviewed by volunteer committees and are awarded twice a year. The committees are 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. There were four grant requests over $250,000 which transitioned to the Key Initiatives Committee for final approval in June.

Award recipients for Youth Development (Subtotal $237,500):
Center for Community Justice, $50,000, School-based Restorative Practices
Elkhart County Shooting Sports 4-H Club, $30,000 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Building Construction
Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, $75,000, Healthy Hearts Program
Potawatomi Zoological Society, $15,000, Education Assistance Program
Women’s Care Center, $67,500/year 1 of 2, Ahead Right from the Start Program

Award recipients for Vibrant Community (Subtotal $274,500):
Elevate Ventures, $75,000/year 1of 3, Northern Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) Partnership
Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, $45,000, Action Agenda
Goshen Art House Inc, $37,500, Elkhart Expansion
Indiana University South Bend, $100,000, Elkhart Center Health Sciences Expansion
Ruthmere Museum/Foundation, $17,000, Perimeter Wall Restoration

Award recipients for Quality of Life (Subtotal $314,000):
American Red Cross of Northern Indiana, $30,000/year 1 of 2, Home Fire Preparedness and Relief
Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center, $15,000/year 1 of 2, Goshen Office Support
MDC Goldenrod, $46,000, Transportation and Program Materials
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, $100,000, Capital Campaign/Expansion
Salvation Army of Goshen, $50,000/year 4 of 5, Senior Programming
Samaritan Center, $18,000/year 1 of 2, Continuing Education Programs
SPA Women’s Ministry Homes, $25,000, Transportation
United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, $30,000, Journey Through Treatment Program


Good Neighbor Grants totaled $98,900 and were awarded to 15 organizations this quarter. Good Neighbor Grant requests range from $250 to $10,000, involve a simplified application process and are approved monthly. These grants are intended to support community activities, to stimulate creative ideas among grassroots groups, and to support other small projects or programs that fall within community investment priority areas.

Award recipients for Good Neighbor Grants in July and August 2016 (Total $98,900):

Chamber of Commerce of Goshen, $2,500, Meet Me in The 574 event
Church Community Services, $10,000, Restructuring
Economic Development Corporation, $8,000, Elkhart County Manufacturing Week
Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, $10,000, Micro Grant Program: Part 2 of 2
Elkhart County Health Department/ Healthy Beginnings, $3,450, Elkhart County Baby Boxes
Elkhart County Historical Society, $10,000, Project Archivist
Elkhart County Parks Department, $5,000, Cross Country Skiing in the Parks Snowmobile
Elkhart Education Foundation, $10,000, “Speak Truth to Power” project
Elkhart Festivals, $1,500, Elkhart County Bicentennial Experience
Feed the Children, $2,500, Supporting Families
Goshen College, $3,500, Step Afrika! event Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, $10,000, Launch Elkhart
Maple City Market, $5,000, Building Improvements – refrigeration/condensing units
Ruthmere Museum/Foundation, $3,000, Technology Upgrade
Ruthmere Museum/Foundation, $5,000, Holiday Tour Season
Visually Impaired Preschool Services, $9,450, Direct Services Program


Rapid Response Grants address sudden, unanticipated and unavoidable challenges that, if not addressed immediately, could threaten a nonprofit organization’s stability and/or ability to achieve its mission.

Award recipients for Rapid Response Grants (Total $10,000):
AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana, $10,000, Fix foundation collapse

“Every grant cycle I’m excited to see how the Community Foundation can help our nonprofit organizations continue to make our county a better place to live, work, and play,” says Jill Sigsbee, Community Foundation grant chairperson. “This round of awards is no different. These grants will positively impact our entire community.”