“Pathways to Progress” Grant Program Information Session (VIDEO)

CFSI’s Quality of Place Grant Program

For two days in April, members of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana presented plans for their Quality of Place “Pathways to Progress” Grant Program to local area nonprofit groups.

These virtual sessions provided information about the Foundation’s new grant focus, the type of programs and projects the Foundation may be interested in supporting, and provided tips on how to best present proposals for consideration.

The video, which was recorded on April 28, 2021, was hosted by President and CEO Linda Speed and Senior Director of Community Philanthropy Crystal Gunther.

More About the Program

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 

For more information on the Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Grants, visit www.cfsoutherninidana.com.

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