Hamilton County nonprofit organizations will benefit from grants awarded by the Hamilton County Community Foundation. Funding was awarded through the Racial Equity Grassroots grant, LINK Youth Advisory Council and initiative-based grants to organizations serving the county focusing on racial equity, community mental health leadership initiatives, youth and family empowerment and economic growth.
The foundation says the racial equity grants come from the Community Leadership Innovation Fund, which is a Central Indiana Community Foundation fund comprised of five philanthropists: Lori Efromyson-Aguilera, Marianne Glick, Myrta Pulliam, Cindy Simon Skjodt and Charlie Sutphin, along with three foundations, CICF, The Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation.
Organizations and projects receiving funding:
- Communities Allied for Racial Equity (CARE) ($5,000) for start-up support & Collaboration Hub membership.
- Fishers Arts Council ($8,500) to engage in student education, Black art/artists programs, and event support for 2021 and 2022.
- Hamilton County Leadership Academy ($1,500) to support the education of Hamilton County leaders.
- Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation ($4,000) for Foundation engagement on equity work and representation on boards and grantmaking.
- Nickel Plate Arts ($6,000) for support of county-wide initiatives and engagement in LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
- Noblesville Diversity Coalition ($20,000) to support continued community reach that amplifies education, trainings, resources, and work with the city chamber and public.
- Noblesville Schools Education Foundation ($20,000) to support student travel to enhance their racial equity perspective and the implementation of community action from the education gained through the trip.
- Racial Equity Community Network (RECN Fishers) ($5,000) to support their equitable vision, continued educational opportunities, county-wide involvement opportunities, thought-leadership initiatives, and Collaboration Hub membership.
- Westfield Forward ($5,000) to support program creation, start-up costs, and consulting opportunities to build a strategic plan that connects the schools to the community.