Quality of Place Matters

Quality of Place Grant Focus Area

Southern Indiana’s amenities and great quality of life continue to attract new growth and opportunities as more businesses and families are calling Clark and Floyd counties home. Capitalizing on this momentum, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana is happy to announce that beginning on July 1, 2021 we will begin designating half of our annual grantmaking funds to Pathways to Progress Grants which will support initiatives aimed at improving our region’s quality of place.

The Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Grants were set to begin in 2020, but the Foundation pivoted its focus this past year to address the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pathways to Progress Grants will focus on serving people with the least access to safe, high-quality public places and amenities, typically those who have low incomes and/or who have transportation or mobility challenges or physical and/or mental differences. When their lives are improved, our communities are more welcoming and attractive to all residents, tourists, and employers.

For these populations, the Foundation will work with nonprofit partners to improve:

• Both real and perceived safety of existing amenities (greenspaces, parks, playgrounds, rivers, etc.)

• Safe and affordable access to the amenities (trails, public/shared transit, etc.)

• Environmental quality and sustainability of those amenities

• Use of the areas to decrease physical inactivity, obesity, and other health risks 

While half of the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund grants will be allocated towards Pathways to Progress Grants, the other half will continue to support the various needs of our community that are being addressed by the region’s nonprofit organizations.  For more information on the Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Grants, visit www.cfsoutherninidana.com.

Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Cycle

Nonprofits with programs and projects that benefit youth in Clark and Floyd counties can apply for funding through the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council Grants Program.

Projects should meet one of the following objectives specific to youth: promote healthy development and a safe environment, provide opportunities to benefit the community, develop the skills of young people or develop positive relationships between youth and adults. While not required, there is a preference for organizations that involve youth in the planning and implementation of the program or project.

Nonprofits can apply for up to $1,000. The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m., January 29, 2021.

Apply for a YPC Grant

CFSI Scholarship Applications Open

High school seniors throughout Clark, Floyd and surrounding counties can apply to receive generous, well-earned scholarships through the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.

The Foundation’s scholarship program consists of over 75 scholarship funds established by donors desiring to assist students in Southern Indiana. Because of the generosity of these donors over 100 scholarships are awarded to area seniors – helping them pursue the next phase of their education. While many of these awards are available through the local high schools and colleges, students may apply for specific scholarships directly through the Foundation’s website from December 1 through noon on February 1, 2021.

In spring of 2020, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana awarded over 100 scholarships worth a combined value of over $390,000.

Students interested in learning more are invited to visit the scholarship section of Foundation’s website www.cfsouthernindiana.com.

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