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Welborn Baptist Foundation Announces $2.7M Investment in Early Learning and Healthy Eating & Active Living Grant Partnerships

Thursday, June 20, 2024
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The Welborn Baptist Foundation is investing $2.7 million in grant partnerships with 27 community organizations participating in the Foundation’s 2024 grant cycle. 

These grants were formally presented at a celebration luncheon on Tuesday, June 18th, in the Foundation’s Welborn Community Room. Grants awarded will support initiatives aligning with the Foundation’s focus on Early Learning, and Healthy Eating & Active Living.  In addition to programming support, many organizations received capacity-building support through the Foundation’s Nonprofit Excellence focus area.

Andrea Hays, Welborn’s Chief Program and Impact Officer shared, "We are proud to be part of a network of partners who are creating policies, systems, and environmental changes to improve the conditions where our community members are born, live, learn, work, play, and pray, so that our region can flourish. We have a 2024 focus on advancing collaboration and aligning with momentum, especially within the Evansville Promise Neighborhood, to deepen the impact of our support. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families across our area."

Welborn’s Early Learning focus area seeks to increase family engagement, child-care provider effectiveness, academic supports, and affordable, high-quality child-care enrollment. Additionally, the Foundation’s Healthy Eating & Active Living focus area seeks to promote nutritious food and beverage access, promote physical activity access, create opportunities for healthy choices across settings, and promote healthy living overall.More information about the Welborn Baptist Foundation’s approach and grant process is available at

About Welborn Baptist Foundation
The Welborn Baptist Foundation is in its 24th year of grantmaking and capacity building in the Tri-State. The Foundation was established in 1999 and began granting in 2000. Current focus areas include Early Learning, Healthy Eating and Active Living, Christ-Centered Living, and Nonprofit Excellence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $81million to nonprofits in Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.

Early Learning Grant Partnership Organizations

  • Ark Crisis Prevention Nursery
  • Audubon Kids Zone
  • Building Blocks
  • cMoe
  • Dream Center
  • Foundation for Better Health
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Lincoln Hills Development Corporation
  • Memorial Community Dev. Corp.
  • Potter’s Wheel
  • St. Vincent Early Learning Center
  • United Way of Southwestern IN
  • YMCA of Southwestern IN
  • Youth First, Inc.

Healthy Eating & Active Living Grants Detail

  • Audubon Kids Zone
  • Boys & Girls Club of Evansville
  • Evansville Area Tennis Patrons
  • Evansville Trails Coalition
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School
  • Holy Spirit Catholic School
  • Memorial Baptist Church
  • Oakland City University
  • Rivertown Pickleball
  • Scott Elementary
  • Urban Seeds
  • Vanderburgh County Humane Society
  • Wesselman Park Nature Society


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