Fourth Quarter Grants in Fiscal Year 2016-2017

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 the Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s Board of Directors approved $1,273,454 of new and multi-year grants to nonprofits serving Elkhart County. The following 24 nonprofit organizations received support from the Fund for Elkhart County for local programming and initiatives:

Community Investment Grants totaled $1,252,500 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 three requests over $250,000 that transitioned to the Key Initiatives Committee for final approval in October 2017.

Award recipients for Youth Development (Subtotal $336,500):
• Bashor Children’s Home, $50,000/year 1 of 2, human trafficking residential program
• Elkhart Community Schools, $25,000 (1:1 Challenge Grant), support for musical instruments at ECHS
• Horizon Education Alliance, $186,000, Triple P Positive Parenting
• LoveWay, $24,500/year 1 of 2 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Volunteer Coordinator
• Ryan’s Place, $30,000/year 1 of 2 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Grief Support programs
• St. Vincent de Paul School, $21,000, school iPad project

Award recipients for Vibrant Community (Subtotal $470,500):
• Elkhart Civic Theatre, $50,500 (1:1 Challenge Grant), renovations
• Elkhart County Arts Alliance, $20,000, Civic Engagement of Arts programming
• Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, $90,000/year 2 of 3, Vibrant Communities Initiative
• Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, $250,000, final trail expansion: CR 20 to CR 35
• Habitat for Humanity Elkhart County, $60,000, Southside Neighborhood Homes

Award recipients for Quality of Life (Subtotal $445,500):
• ADEC, 12,500/year 1 of 5, ETHOS partnership
• Elkhart County Clubhouse, $83,000/year 2 of 2 (1:1 Challenge Grant), renovations
• Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, $75,000, fixed shelter site
• Greencroft Foundation, $25,000/year 1 of 3, in-home services
• Lutheran Foundation, $100,000, Addictions Prevention, Education and Recovery programs
• Maple City Health Care Center, $100,000, Operations and Client Service Expansion
• Renew, $50,000 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Transitional Housing Renovations

Good Neighbor Grants totaled $20,954 and were awarded to seven organizations. 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 January – February 2017:
• Bashor Children’s Home, $6,554, replace two furnaces in girls’ cottage
• Elkhart Festivals, $2,500, Hall of Heroes Comic Con 2017
• Girls on the Run Michiana, $2,500, 2017 5k Girls on the Run Event
• Servants at Work dba SAWS, $5,000 (1:1 Challenge Grant), 10 wheelchair ramps
• South Side Inc., $1,400, 2017 HBUC tour of Washington DC
• Tolson Center/City of Elkhart, $1,000, 2017 Cinco de Mayo Festival
• Wheelchair, $2,000, lift chair/scooter restoration and storage rack