Community Foundation Awards $52,500 in Funding to Six Kentuckiana Organizations

Six local nonprofit organizations were awarded $52,500 in funding thanks to two separate grant programs of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI).

The Foundation’s Capacity Building and Community Assist grant programs support nonprofit organizations serving residents in Clark and Floyd counties. The Capacity Building Grant Program focuses on improving organizations’ operating capacity, while Community Assist Grants support a program or activity that will positively impact the lives of people living in Southern Indiana.

In all, six grants totaling $52,500 were awarded to Kentuckiana nonprofits.

“We’ve seen firsthand how our quarterly grant programs truly make a difference for local organizations. By allowing them to apply for funding when they need it, we’re able to provide ongoing support throughout the year,” said Linda Speed, CFSI President and CEO. “This not only helps these groups achieve their goals but also allows us to stay true to our mission and make a real impact in the community. Together, we’re making life better for everyone in our region.”

Two Capacity Building Grants were awarded, totaling $37,500. Recipients include:

Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana ($25,000)

Supports the enhancement of Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana’s administrative systems and operations, which will build organizational effectiveness. The nonprofit will invest in key areas, such as Technology & Infrastructure, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, and more.

CASA of Floyd County ($12,500)

Supports CASA of Floyd County’s volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement strategy by contributing to the salary of a full-time volunteer and outreach coordinator. Volunteers are the key to the nonprofit’s sustainability, and provide advocacy to children navigating the child welfare system.

Four Community Assist Grants were also awarded, totaling $15,000. Recipients include:

Camp Quality Kentuckiana ($2,500)

At no cost to participants, the Camp Quality Kentuckiana provides a camping experience and year-round support for children with cancer. The week-long event allows families to have some time away from the normal stress and demands of caring for a child dealing with cancer. This grant will allow for three children to attend the camp in 2024.

Choices Life Resource Center ($5,000)

Assuring that every child has a way to be safely transported from point A to point B is of the utmost importance to Choices Life Resource Center. That’s why the organization created its Car Seat Safety program, which was recently awarded a $5,000 Community Assist Grant from CFSI, which will be used to purchase 50 new car seats.

Floyd Co. Blessings in a Backpack ($5,000)

The Floyd County chapter of Blessings in a Backpack provides ready-to-eat food for 40 weekends over the course of the school year to 1,300 students residing in food insecure homes. In particular, the organization works to ensure that students who receive free/reduced meals during the week at school have enough to eat on the weekends, when food is no longer subsidized.

Hispanic Connection of So. Indiana ($2,500)

Dealing with emotions can be difficult for students. That’s why the Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana is putting on an 8-week workshop called “Better Mental Health and Resiliency”. The objective is to teach children emotional literacy through artmaking. Led by a consultant, the workshop will focus on depth coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, and more.

Both the Capacity Building and Community Assist Grant Programs accept applications year-round, and nonprofit organizations can apply whenever it best suits their needs. Capacity Building grant requests between $5,000 and $25,000 are accepted, while Community Assist grant requests are available for up to $5,000. Recipients are selected quarterly.

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