Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded $103,000 in grants and $6,800 in Legacy Fund Community Scholarships to four area students on March 12.
The grants and scholarships were made possible by Legacy Fund’s Community Endowment Fund, and also The Sheridan Fund and The Noblesville Fund, which contributed $2,000 and $5,000 respectively to city-specific grants.
The community endowment is an “unrestricted” fund created by donors with an interest in supporting Hamilton County; The Sheridan and Noblesville funds were created by each city in order to focus on city-specific issues.
Grants awards included $50,000 to support – and continue the county-wide expansion of – the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Programs in 2014 and $45,000 to address community-wide issues including domestic violence, cancer support, sexual abuse, low- and moderate-income housing, medical and dental support for under- and un-insured residents and a community food pantry.
“In keeping with Legacy Fund’s longtime mission, these grants are meant to support organizations addressing critical issues within our community,” Corby D. Thompson, Legacy Fund board chairman, stated. “The funds that made these grants possible were created by donors with one thing in common – a deep commitment to making Hamilton County a better place to live for everyone.”
Grand recipients include:
• Alternatives Incorporated, $10,000, to support a No More Domestic Violence program in Hamilton County.
• Chaucie’s Place – $10,000 for general operating support in Hamilton County
• Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development – $10,000 to support Helping HAND home repair programs within Hamilton County and the Town of Sheridan.
• Hope Family Care Center, Inc. – $5,000 to support additional health and dental hours.
• St. Vincent de Paul – $10,000 to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s food pantry in Noblesville.
• Youth Assistance Program of Hamilton County – $50,000 for early intervention programs to help youth avoid committing crimes and avoid the criminal justice system in Noblesville, Westfield and Sheridan.
• LINK Youth Advisory Council – $8,000 to support youth-directed grantmaking activities and cultivate ledership through service in Hamilton County.
• Legacy Fund Community Scholarships – $6,800 to support students working to earn post-secondary degrees in Hamilton County. Scholarships are awarded based on academics, financial needs, community service and interview skills.