The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has detailed $560,000 in grants to more than a dozen nonprofit organizations. The foundation says the funding will support innovative projects that will have a lasting impact on the county.

Thirteen nonprofits have received Community Impact Grants from the foundation totaling more than $270,000. An additional $290,000 in proactive grants will be distributed throughout the fiscal year which will serve areas of innovative programming for children, parental engagement, health, and the arts.

"A review of the grants selected for funding this year serves as a reminder of our community’s most compelling needs and opportunities," said Tina Peterson, chief executive officer of the Community Foundation. "From preparing our young people for a successful tomorrow; addressing the changing face of healthcare and the significance of trauma in derailing success for many of all ages, these grants are both relevant and specific to the very real issues we face as a community." 

The recipients include:

Community Impact Grants

  • Banneker Community Center - For a 15-passenger vehicle to expand participation for low-income children and teens in programs that inspire youth to maximize their full potential.
  • Catholic Charities Bloomington - To expand mental health and counseling services for children, families, and individuals that have experienced trauma, often due to the impact of the opioid crisis. 
  • Ellettsville Main Street - For a paved, handicap accessible parking lot at the Heritage Trail to provide safe access for people of all abilities to Ellettsville’s only recreational pathway for walking, jogging and biking. 
  • Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools - For the STEM Collaboration Lab at Bachelor Middle School to give students tools and experiences in preparation for careers and pathways in science, technology and engineering.
  • Girls Inc. of Monroe County - For a programmatic needs assessment to identify the challenges and opportunities of Monroe County girls ages 5-18, with a focus on girls of color, those from low-income families, and from rural communities. 
  • Humanetrix Foundation - For technology forum events to increase the number of women pursuing computer science, technology and entrepreneurship training and careers.
  • Middle Way House - To expand violence prevention programming into elementary schools to reduce the likelihood of future sexual and dating violence.
  • New Hope Family Shelter - To support the purchase of property for a new facility to serve more families and children affected by homelessness.
  • People & Animal Learning Services - For the construction of new fencing to expand therapeutic and educational programs to help more children, adults and seniors with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social disabilities, or who are recovering from substance abuse.
  • Teachers Warehouse - To expand free school classroom supply services to high school teachers.
  • Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County - For a feasibility assessment of gaining Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status to serve more low income and medically underserved individuals in Monroe and Owen Counties.
  • Wheeler Mission Ministries - For the installation of a fire suppression system to expand capacity from 50 to 130 men at the emergency shelter.
  • WonderLab Museum - For a STEM-focused museum experience for children ages birth to 3 years to meet the needs of an increasing number of visitors in this key age group and establish strong educational foundations for young children. 

Proactive Grants

  • Centerstone - For transitional housing and treatment for women in recovery.
  • Monroe County Community School Corp. - To support the creation of an additional pre-K classroom at Grandview Elementary School.
  • Monroe County United Ministries - To support expansion of the Compass Early Learning Center.
  • Monroe County Community School Corp. and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corp. - To support and facilitate the parental engagement program for families of children in early learning programs.
  • Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington - To expand community creative writing programs.

You can learn more about the recipients and their plans for the grant funding by clicking here.