More than $1.3 Million in Awards

On Thursday, April 14, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s Board of Directors approved $1,381,500 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 third quarter of fiscal year 2015-2016.


Community Investment Grant awards totaled $1,326,500 and were awarded to 15 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 3 grant requests over $250,000 which transitioned to the Key Initiatives Committee for final approval in June.

Award recipients for Youth Development (Subtotal $881,000):
Bashor Children’s Home, $60,000, Sheltering Kids Strengthening Families
Child And Parent Services, $250,000, Building for Kids’ Sake
Clinton Christian School, $65,000, New Heights with Technology Elkhart Community Schools, $25,000 / 1:1 Challenge Grant, Support for Musical Instruments
ETHOS, $250,000, Innovation Center
Horizon Education Alliance, $200,000, Triple P Program
Indiana Golf Foundation, $31,000 / 1:1 Challenge Grant, First Tee Program at Elkhart Community Schools


Award recipients for Vibrant Community (Subtotal $265,000):
Bristol Parks Department, $25,000, Community Fitness Park
Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, $90,000/year 1, $90,000/year 2, $90,000/year 3, Live.Work.Play Capacity Grants
Elkhart County Parks Department, $100,000, Boot Lake Nature Preserve *This award contingent upon properties deeded over to the Elkhart County Parks Department from the City of Elkhart.
The Goshen Theater, $50,000, Capital Campaign

Award recipients for Quality of Life (Subtotal $180,500):
Community Action of Northeast Indiana, $17,500, Covering Kids and Families of Northeast Indiana
Elkhart County Clubhouse, $83,000 / 1:1 Challenge Grant, Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations
Samaritan Center, $80,000, The 311 Building Renovation

“In this Community Investment Grant cycle, we saw a significant increase in youth-oriented grant requests,” says Jill Sigsbee, Community Foundation grant chairperson. “We continue to see a good balance of funding opportunities in our three priority areas.


Good Neighbor Grant awards totaled $54,000 and were awarded to eight organizations this quarter. Good Neighbor Grant requests range from $250 to $10,000 and involve a simplified application process with a timely two-to-four-week response time. 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 and February 2016 (Total $54,000):
City of Goshen, $5,000, Junior Sailing Camp 2016
Elkhart Festivals, $6,000, Hoagy Jazz Workshop 2016
Emerge Ministries Community Development Corporation, $10,000, Transitional Care Center
Girls on the Run Michiana, $6,500, Girls on the Run Michiana 5K Celebration
LaCasa, Inc, $10,000, Help-A-House 2016
LaCasa, Inc, $1,500, Maple City Cultural Festival 2016
Salvation Army of Elkhart, $5,000, Feast to Feed 2016
Wellfield Botanic Gardens, $10,000, Groovin’ in the Gardens Summer Concert Series


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

Award recipients for Rapid Response Grants (Total $1,000):
Christ’s Commissary, $1,000, New Freezer