$320,000 in COVID Relief Grants Have Impact

Dear Friends,

From all of us at the Community Foundation, I want to say thank you. Over the last month our world and yours has changed in ways we could not even have imagined. But it is during times like this that we, as a community, come together to do great things.   

Over the last several weeks we have opened our COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund and seeded it with $100,000 from our Community Impact Fund. With this vital relief fund open and accepting donations, people from across our community have had a place to make tax deductible gifts that are making a difference. With an early gift from the Duke Energy Foundation, other community funders and local governments also stepped up to provide important resources to help our region.   

To date, the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund has already distributed nearly $320,000 back into our community – making grants to nonprofit organizations who are helping those people and small businesses most in need. Thanks to a partnership with One Southern Indiana and the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County (CFFC), 37 forgivable loans have gone out to small businesses. The partnership allowed donors to designate their gift for small business relief with all loans being distributed through the CFFC Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. 

Like you, we are thinking of all of the individuals, families, businesses and communities that have been impacted by COVID-19 but it is our responsibility to do everything we can to help this community heal. During this time, the Community Foundation is continuing our work and serving as this community’s philanthropic partner, resource and steward.  Thank you for all you are doing to help our community and supporting the Foundation in our work. Below is a brief update about the Foundation  and if you want more information about how the Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, I invite you to visit our website at www.cfsoutherndindiana.com.


Linda Speed
President and CEO 

COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

Over $320,000 Already Distributed 

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, the Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund will award one-time grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations in support of seniors, children, immigrants, workers and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak.  The Fund is designed to be adaptable in its goals and focus, which will evolve as community members and nonprofits in our region share their needs.

CFSI Grant Awards Include:

  • Community Action of Southern Indiana for medical bills, groceries and insurance premiums
  • Park Memorial United Methodist Church – Catalyst Rescue Mission for caring for homeless exposed to COVID-19
  • Hosparus for personal protective equipment
  • Speed Memorial Church – Faith Kitchen Food Pantry to feed our community’s hungry and vulnerable
  • Heuser Hearing Institute for personal protective equipment and supplies
  • Family Ark for food and utility assistance
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States for medical and cleaning supplies for those service clients
  • Hope Southern Indiana for utility, transportation and food assistance
  • Center for Lay Ministries for food, transportation and utility assistance
  • The Salvation Army for food and basic needs to those in need
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities to shelter and serve women and children throughout the crisis
  • Choices for Life Resource Center for supplies for women and children in need
  • Open Door Youth Services for medical and cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment for staff and children in their care
  • $210,000 to the CFFC Small Business Emergency Loan Fund 
    • Thanks to our partnership with One Southern Indiana and the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, and donors and community partners who contributed to help small businesses, 37 forgivable loans have been distributed from the CFFC Small Business Emergency Loan Fund.

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Disaster Relief Fund is addressing the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to join us in supporting Southern Indiana residents by making a tax deductible gift.

100% of your gift will be used to address local community needs related to the COVID-91 pandemic.

Click here to make a gift to the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund


Help Shape the Future of  Clark and Floyd Counties 

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana wants to hear your ideas.

Help shape the future of Clark and Floyd counties by completing the  2020 Priorities for Progress Survey. 

Just half an hour of your time can help us build a strong future for Clark and Floyd counties.

The Indiana University Southeast Applied Research and Education Center is conducting the survey and your responses will be completely private.


Annual Event to be Rescheduled 

Based on recommendations from public health officials related to social distancing, the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana are postponing our annual Advisor Seminar, which was planned for May 8, 2020.  We anticipate re-scheduling this CLE/CPE event for a date later in the year and look forward to seeing our network of advisors then. We will send more information when it is available.  


Single Point of Entry System for Nonprofits

Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Community Foundation recently partnered with Metro United Way and the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana to bring United Community to Clark and Floyd county organizations.

United Community is a community-wide initiative to deploy an innovative shared technology platform to initiate and close referrals across many organizations. It reduces barriers to access for citizens by streamlining navigation across the multitude of services offered by our health, education and human services sectors.

The platform enables seamless referrals between agencies to meet a variety of essential needs. United Community is a robust community service coordination system that will improve the life outcomes of our most vulnerable children, individuals and families across our community by facilitating integrated, multi-dimensional support efficiently.

If you’d like to learn more about United Community, or sign up your organization to participate, please visit our website.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has been awarded a $3.75 MILLION Matching Grant from the Lilly Endowment! Learn how you can help us award an estimated additional $200,000 in local grants - a 50% annual increase - each year. Forever.

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