Quality of Place: Pathways to Progress Grants

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Quality of Place – Pathways to Progress Grants Program focuses on serving people with the least access to safe, high-quality public places and amenities. Typically, this includes those community members with:

  • income limitations
  • transportation / mobility issues
  • physical / mental differences

When the lives of all of our neighbors are improved, our communities become more welcoming and attractive to all residents, tourists, and employers.

The Quality of Place – Pathways to Progress Grants application is open annually during the month of July.

What Priority Results Are We Looking For?

For these populations, we will work with our nonprofit partners to improve:

What Are Some Examples that Achieve These Results?

Public Access

Safe, accessible routes to parks & greenspaces (through public transportation, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike trails, and access points)

Accessibility for All

Infrastructures that connect existing parks, ensuring its safety and accessibility for people with limited mobility

Program & Activities

Attractive programs & activities in parks or greenspaces that promote physical activity


Safety features & amenities available in parks

Repurposing Public Spaces

Activation of unused or underused public spaces, such as pocket parks

Marketing & Communications

Marketing & communication about activities offered in parks and greenspaces


Advocacy & government partnerships around park and greenspace planning

Inclusive Projects

Complete street projects

Funder Collaboration

Collaboration on funder-led projects and initiatives around parks and greenspaces

Past Award Recipients Include:

Croghan Launch Point (Clarksville)

The Quality of Place – Pathways to Progress Grants Program began in May 2021, when CFSI awarded River Heritage Conservancy a $100,000 grant to begin their first project as part of the new Origin Park: the Croghan Launch. Located in Clarksville, Ind., the Croghan Launch area allows paddlers of all experience levels to launch canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards into Silver Creek.

Jeffersonville Library Pocket Park (Jeffersonville)

The Jeffersonville Township Public Library was awarded $80,000, which will be used to construct a pocket park with structures for active, imaginative play designed to accommodate all children – including those with intellectual and physical differences. The park will be thematically tied to the city’s history, and it will include a story walk and sustainable plantings of native flora.

Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park Inclusive Playground (New Albany)

Floyd County Parks and Recreation was awarded $70,000 to support an accessible playground for all children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in the Southern Indiana area. The inclusive playground will be added to Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park and will meet the National Demonstration Site criteria for Inclusion, becoming a regional destination for children and adults with special needs.

Greenway Park (Charlestown)

The City of Charlestown was awarded $150,000 to support construction of an inclusive playground . The “Greenway Glow Up” project will update outdated, malfunctioning playground equipment in Greenway Park – the city’s centralized and most-used park – and replace it with safer, ADA-approved equipment for children of all ability levels. The park’s central location makes its accessibility ideal for walkers and bikers, as well as those living in the Charlestown Housing Authority.

What If I Still Have Questions About the Grant Process?

That’s ok! We have an information session video that might be able to help answer some of those questions. Please click the button below:

Or you can contact Crystal Gunther, CFSI’s Vice President of Community Philanthropy, at 812-948-4662 or cgunther@cfsouthernindiana.com.

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