Legacy Fund awards $170,770 to county organizations


During its third and final grant process of the year, Legacy Fund of Hamilton County awarded $170,770 to 10 county organizations and two future projects. Legacy Fund is an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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Brittany Rayburn, Legacy Fund director of development, said the grants are sourced from an unrestricted community endowment fund, Endowment for Hamilton County. The fund is made possible by family funds and donors through the years.

“The purpose of these grants is to respond to community needs and ultimately make Hamilton County a better place to live by meeting those needs,” Rayburn said.

Nonprofits were required to complete an application describing their project and why it needs to be addressed.

The two future projects are Reaching Resources and the regional master plan to activate the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties. Reaching Resources is a program of the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, which allows senior citizens to access countywide services in one place. Reaching Resources will receive up to $50,000 annually for four years. Legacy Fund granted $15,000 to the regional master plan to activate the White River, part of a multi-county collaboration.

Other grant recipients were Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development; Prevail Inc.; Southside Youth Council; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana; Hamilton County Leadership Academy; Heart and Soul Clinic; Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry; Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections; Second Helpings; and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

“We looked at a wide variety of organizations and projects, and really, if they can make a case and we agree it’s a need, we want to put funding toward that and will do our best to make a grant,” Rayburn said.

The Legacy Fund’s next grant selection process will begin in March.

For more and to see a full list of granted projects, visit cicf.org.