Hamilton County Community Foundation Awards over $146k in Grants

Hamilton County not-for-profits receive service and project funding.

HAMILTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, AN AFFILIATE OF CICF, APPROVED GRANTS AND INVESTMENTS FOR HAMILTON COUNTY NOT-FOR-PROFITS, PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES TOTALING $146,000.

Hamilton County Community Foundation’s board of directors has approved grants and investments for Hamilton County not-for-profits, projects and initiatives totaling $123,000. In addition to these grants, the LINK Youth Advisory Council awarded $23,000 to Hamilton County organizations.  

Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), awarded $123,000 to increase capacity, expansion, projects, and initiatives in Hamilton County that serve within at least one of the three community leadership pillars of the foundation. These pillars include mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Additionally, the central mission —to mobilize people, ideas and investment to make this a community where every individual has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter their place, race or identity—plays a significant role in how each pillar functions.  

“These grants have made the work so significant as they are representative of our county’s needs,” said Anita Gonzalez Rogers, grants officer. “The number of change-making organizations that applied for funding let us connect to the programs and services in each request. Working with our board of directors, grants committee, and youth council made this grant round applicable to Hamilton County’s present and future vision. We couldn’t be prouder of our community, service leaders, and impact together.”  

The LINK Youth Advisory Council was created in 2002 by Hamilton County Community Foundation. The council is comprised of high school students, who work alongside foundation staff and its board of directors to award grants to Hamilton County organizations. The LINK Youth Advisory Council independently focused on youth mental health when grant-making to coincide with the foundation’s pillars of mental health and family and youth empowerment.  

Some of the organizations receiving support from Hamilton County Community Foundation include: 

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources ($25,000) – Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-assisted experiences. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Agape remains committed to serving all ages via emotional, cognitive, social, and physical growth through interactive and engaging activities with horses. Partnering with other community leaders, they serve those in Cicero and Noblesville to Carmel and Westfield, notably by youth programming. With this award, they will welcome a new licensed mental health counselor to lead the Beyond the Barn initiative, offer 10-week classes for 20 Hamilton County youth, and sustain their commitment to updated industry practices. 

Indiana Peony Festival ($5,000) – Indiana Peony Festival’s mission includes state flower inspiration and celebration, enhancing the well-being of Hamilton County residents and visitors through beautification, gardening, education, and promoting the prominence of the peony to make Hamilton County a desiring destination during its May bloom and regional festivities, such as the Indianapolis 500 activities. With established local partnerships via organizations such as Noblesville Main Street and Nickel Plate Arts, they build awareness all year-round that culminates at the festival to build pride and horticultural knowledge of peonies and other plants. This award will aid in bringing visitors to Noblesville and Hamilton County during peak bloom, bring attention to the newly renovated Seminary Park in Noblesville, and provide the community with the excitement of local growth with natural environmental highlights.  

Sheridan Youth Assistance Inc. ($15,000) – Formed in 2015 to strengthen community involvement with youth and families throughout all of Hamilton County, Sheridan Youth Assistance is led by local volunteers who develop and provide access to programs and services that promote positive growth experiences and enhance home and community relationships. They have partnered with Sheridan Community Schools, the Town of Sheridan, and the Hamilton County Superior Court to enhance their impact. They serve elementary, middle, and high school youth by increasing community participation and improving school grades. This award will directly support and expand after-school tutoring for the 2022-2023 school year to onboard teachers and provide meals and transportation to programming opportunities, such as Agape, that will heighten the educational outcomes of the youth participants.  

SEE  BELOW FOR A FULL LIST OF INITIATIVES AND GRANTS FUNDED 

During this grant round, the endowment fund for Hamilton County directed $78,570 to grants for nine different organizations. These grants align with the foundation’s three community leadership initiatives for Hamilton County: mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Additionally, field-of-interest funds with Hamilton County Community Foundation contributed $44,430 to 10 organizations. These field-of-interest funds are created by donors who wish to support a specific organization, cause or area beyond their lifetime. Hamilton County Community Foundation stewards them in fulfilling donor intent. During this round of funding, the City of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation, Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund, Northern Hamilton County Fund, and Westfield Endowment Fund support regional, county-wide, and area-specific served communities. 

 
ORGANIZATIONPROJECTCOMMUNITY PILLARFUNDED BYAMOUNT
Camptown, Inc.Pathfinders youth programFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment, Northern Hamilton County Fund, and Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund$5,000
Girls on the Run Central IndianaGirls on the Run-Hamilton County programFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment, City of Noblesville Fund, Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund, Westfield Endowment Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation$5,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.Hamilton County Mobile Pantry program in SheridanFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment and Northern Hamilton County Fund$20,000
Mama’s Cupboard, Inc.Back to school programFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment, Northern Hamilton County Fund, and Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund$7,000
Milk Bank, Inc.Generating Infant Health programFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment$10,000
Second HelpingsHunger relief meals in Hamilton CountyFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment, City of Noblesville Fund, Dale Snelling Blue Ribbon Foundation$11,000
Sheridan Youth Assistance Inc.Educational programming and tutoring youth at Sheridan Community SchoolsFamily and Youth EmpowermentCommunity Endowment, Northern Hamilton County Fund, and Jack Arnold Russell Charitable Fund$15,000
Agape Therapeutic Riding ResourcesBeyond the Barn: Addressing mental health through horsemanshipMental HealthCommunity Endowment, City of Noblesville Fund, Northern Hamilton County Fund, and Westfield Endowment Fund$25,000
Youth Mentoring InitiativeSchool-based mentoring in Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) schoolsMental HealthCommunity Endowment$20,000
Indiana Peony FestivalIndiana Peony Festival organizing and implementationInclusive Economic GrowthCity of Noblesville Fund$5,000
Agape Therapeutic Riding ResourcesProfessional mental health development, prevention programming, and Mental Health First AidMental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council$1,540
Carmel Youth Assistance ProgramYouth mental health support and educationMental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council$2,560
Hamilton Southeastern Education FoundationHSE Foundation supports contributing to the Project Hope and Successful School Return programsMental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council$5,000
Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & SuicideSupport to maintain the at-no-cost training for Stewards of Children and QPR GatekeeperMental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council$3,000
Prevail, Inc.Support youth victim advocacy services that provide workshops and materials for groups of youthMental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council$3,400
The Peyton Riekhof FoundationExpand the HSE program, Project Hope, so families who lack financial means to pay for their students’ services.Mental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council$2,500
Youth Mentoring InitiativeSupport ongoing mentoring programs for the 100+ recommended studentsMental Health, Family and Youth EmpowermentLINK Youth Advisory Council $5,000
TOTAL   $146,000

ABOUT HAMILTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 
Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), is a $100 million public foundation working to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make Central Indiana a community where everyone has equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity. The foundation aims to build a community where opportunity meets growth for everyone, and philanthropic efforts support not-for-profit organizations doing vital work. Hamilton County Community Foundation was established in 1991 to inspire philanthropy while helping people enhance their family and charitable legacies in tax-smart ways. Learn more at HamiltonCountyCommunityFoundation.org.  

ABOUT CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $925 million public foundation working to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential–no matter place, race or identity. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Hamilton County Community Foundation, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visitcicf.org, or call 317.634.2423. 


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