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Nineteen organizations receive support toward local initiatives

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

(Elkhart, Indiana) In April, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s Board of Directors approved $1,282,000 of new and multi-year grants to 19 nonprofits serving Elkhart County. This marked the final Community Investment Grant awards under the current grant model.

Launching New Grant Model

After a yearlong review, the Community Foundation is rolling out an improved grant model that simplifies and streamlines grantseekers’ ability to request grant dollars. Nonprofit staff and board members are invited to attend one of two informational meetings held on May 15 and May 17. The new grant model will launch on July 1, 2018.

For more details and registration for the informational meetings, visit

Community Investment Grants Awarded

The following grants were awarded from the Fund for Elkhart County as Community Investment Grants. Community Investment Grants address youth development, vibrant community or quality of life issues and respond to requests of $10,000 to $250,000. Submissions are reviewed by volunteer committees comprised of a diverse range of community members who are engaged with their respective sectors and make every effort to be aware of emerging and ongoing initiatives.

Award recipients for Youth Development (Subtotal $728,000):

  •          Bashor Children’s Home, $50,000/year 2 of 2, Human Trafficking Residential program
  •          Children And Parent Services (CAPS), $31,000, Healthy Families Incentives
  •          ETHOS, $165,000/year 1 of 2, Science Museum Director and Development Director
  •          Fairfield Community Schools, $50,000/year 1 of 2, Instructional Technology Coach
  •          Horizon Education Alliance, $165,000/year 1 of 2, Triple P Positive Parenting
  •          LoveWay, $24,500/year 2 of 2 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Volunteer Coordinator
  •          Oaklawn, $150,000/year 1 of 2, Partnership for Children
  •          Ruthmere, $12,500/year 1 of 2 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Elkhart County Field Trip Program
  •          Ryan’s Place, $30,000/year 2 of 2 (1:1 Challenge Grant), Grief Support programs
  •          United Way of Elkhart County, $50,000 (Challenge Grant), Early Childhood Education Capacity Building

Award recipients for Vibrant Community (Subtotal $295,000):

  •          Elkhart County Arts Alliance, $30,000/year 1 of 2, Operating and Program Support
  •          Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, $90,000/year 3 of 3, Vibrant Communities Initiative
  •          Goshen Parks & Recreation, $100,000, All-Inclusive Playground
  •          Premier Arts, $75,000, Sound Equipment

Award recipients for Quality of Life (Subtotal $259,000):

  •          ADEC, $37,500/year 2 through 5, ETHOS partnership
  •          Center for Community Justice, $50,000, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program
  •          Greencroft Foundation, $50,000/year 2 through 3, in-home services
  •          A Rosie Place, $70,000, Engagement Director
  •          YWCA of North Central Indiana, $51,500/year 1 of 3, Lethality Project

About Community Foundation of Elkhart County

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the Community Foundation has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Elkhart County.  The Community Foundation has awarded approximately $96.8 million to more than 400 local nonprofit organizations, including $18.4 million in fiscal year 2017.  It is with strength and hope the Community Foundation seeds the local landscape, supporting plans, programs, and ideas that potentially stand the test of time.  The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success.

To learn more about the Community Foundation and its services, go to or call us at 574-295-8761.

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