Community Foundation of Elkhart County awards more than $2M in grants

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The Community Foundation of Elkhart County has awarded more than $2-million in grants to dozens of nonprofits throughout the county.

The county’s Board of Directors approved $2,102,822 in both new and multi-year grants in several categories, including placemaking, kids and families, and career pathways, which all reflect the priorities of the Community Foundation.

The grants are as follows:

Placemaking grants totaling $267,000

  • Elkhart County Parks, $64,000, OxBow County Park wetland exploration boardwalk
  • Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission, $100,000, Prairie Creek Run water utility project
  • Potawatomi Zoo, $100,000, Giraffe Feeding Adventure
  • One grant of $25,000 or less totaled $3,000
  • Fulfillment of multiyear and challenge grant commitments made previously totaled $765,000


Kids and Families grants totaling $971,935

  • Child And Parent Services (CAPS), $150,000 (first year of a three-year commitment), primary prevention expansion
  • Elkhart County Clubhouse, $100,000 (first year of a three-year 1:1 challenge grant), Elkhart Clubhouse expansion
  • Jefferson Community Church, $150,000, Community activity center
  • REAL Services, $30,000, Elkhart County Meals on Wheels
  • Church Community Services, $60,000 (first installment of $100,000, two-year grant), Latinx Outreach
  • Reason Enough To Act (RETA), $350,000 (first year of a three-year commitment), building support via 1:1 challenge
  • Women’s Care Center, $98,000, operating support
  • Five grants of $25,000 or less totaled $33,935
  • Fulfillment of multiyear and challenge grant commitments made previously totaled $1,781,250


Career Pathways grants totaling $477,272

  • enFocus, $50,000, talent attraction and civic innovation
  • Ivy Tech Foundation, $24,554, nursing expansion project
  • University of Notre Dame, $75,361 (first year of a two-year commitment), Center for Civic Innovation Internships
  • Tolson Center, $250,000 (first year of a two-year commitment), Tolson Center Capital Project
  • Five grants of $25,000 or less totaled $77,357
  • Fulfillment of multiyear and challenge grant commitments made previously totaled $831,179


Opportunity Fund totaling $386,615

  • South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership support, $100,000
  • Indiana Golf Foundation, $200,000, capital project
  • 24 grants for sponsorships and memberships, $86,615

 

Grant requests are reviewed by staff and volunteer committees comprised of a diverse range of community members. Staff members can make decisions on grants of $25,000 or less and the board of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County approves all grants.

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