Six Kentuckiana Organizations Awarded Funding Worth Nearly $60K

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Awarded Its Quarterly Capacity Building, Community Assist Grants

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana awarded a total $58,846 to six local nonprofit organizations last week. The funding comes from two of CFSI’s competitive grant programs: Capacity Building and Community Assist.

Capacity Building grants focus on improving a nonprofit’s operating capacity, with hopes of creating a sustainable and effective organization. The year-round program is open to nonprofits in both Clark and Floyd counties, with funding requests ranging from $5,000 – $25,000 each quarter.

For the most recent quarter, CFSI awarded four Capacity Building grants worth $50,100. Recipients include:

Maker 13 – $25,000

Located in downtown Jeffersonville, Maker13 was awarded a $25,000 Capacity Building Grant to build, shape, and strengthen Maker13’s operational and program effectiveness and long-term sustainability.

Some of the organization’s anticipated actions include:

  • training in leadership, management, finance and fundraising, programs, and evaluation
  • assessment of Maker13’s management and governance systems, including board development
  • evaluation of programs and service effectiveness

Jacob’s Well – $5,100

Tucked into the beautiful countryside in Greenville, Jacob’s Well provides hope for single women and their children to take control and restore their lives. And thanks to a Capacity Building Grant worth more than $5,000 from CFSI, Jacob’s Well is finding even more ways to help engage this population.

With their new grant award, Jacob’s Well will move to a non-profit CRM software to organize and manage their volunteer and donor information. KHIT Consulting, who created the organization’s custom case management system, will add the CRM to their pre-existing software.

YouthLink – $10,000

Removing barriers that hinder student success has been the mission of Youth Link Southern Indiana since its inception in 2002. Now, the organization is closer to achieving that goal thanks to a Capacity Building Grant from CFSI.

Youth Link was awarded $10,000 to update technology and necessary equipment in order to improve their organization effectiveness. This includes upgrading iPads, laptops, storage furniture, and virtual meeting capabilities. According to the organization, “these funds are instrumental in continuing the program implementation and streamlining of our childcare efforts.”

Kentucky Harvest – $10,000

Relationship development is big for Kentucky Harvest, as they cultivate partnerships by connecting food companies with charities to reduce food waste and get usable food to the hungry in the community. The nonprofit was awarded $10,000 to support their utilization of the Food Rescue Hero app, which will help them better collect, track, and manage food rescue data and volunteers.

In turn, the organization is hoping to increase food rescue and delivery efforts in southern Indiana by utilizing data from the app to obtain new food donors and volunteers in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties.

Community Assist grants fund small requests to support projects, programs, or activities that will positively impact the community served by the nonprofit. Also a year-round program, it is intended to serve nonprofits in both Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana with a one-time funding requests between $1,000 – $5,000 each quarter.

This quarter, CFSI awarded two Community Assist Grants totaling $8,746. Recipients include:

Jeffersonville Township Public Library – $3,746

Thanks to a Community Assist Grant worth $3,746, the Jeffersonville Township Public Library will create a total of 14 kits to support those with memory loss, which will be stocked with materials that appeal to various interests. Studies have shown that reading and imagery can help subdue family conflict, leading to more positive interactions with family members suffering from dementia.

In addition, for those visitors with vision or hearing loss, the library will also purchase a high-quality laptop loaded with accessibility features and portable enough to move around the building.

Hope Southern Indiana – $5,000

Located in New Albany, Hope Southern Indiana empowers and supports individuals and families toward stability, thanks to support of the faith-based community.

Now, thanks to a $5,000 Community Assist Grant from CFSI, the organization will be able to offer even more emergency services, which include rent assistance, utility assistance, and deposits (NAHA). Supporting these services ensures that more of our community members can experience stability in their home. Less moving, less struggle, less stress.

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