Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Community Foundation Awards $185,000 in Special Project Grants

Eight Special Project Challenge Grant Recipients Named in Winter 2016 Grants Cycle

The YMCA of Michiana is one of eight Special Projects Challenge Grant recipients.

As part of its 2016 winter grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded nearly $185,000 to local nonprofit organizations in Special Project Challenge Grants.

The Special Project Challenge Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban affairs; parks, recreation, and environment; health and human services, and youth and education. All nonprofit organizations serving the citizens of St. Joseph County are eligible to apply.

For the 2016 winter cycle, Special Project Challenge Grant recipients include:
  • Memorial Health Foundation: $50,000 to support Memorial Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) expansion project
  • LGBTQ Resource Center of Michiana: $29,250 to help support expansion and new programming with three main program components: children and teens; families and parents; and diversity trainings for local businesses and non-profit organizations
  • South Bend Community School Corporation: $25,000 to help launch a one-to-one program intended to personalize the learning process for the 18,000 students in the corporation
  • South Bend Heritage Foundation: $20,000 to help create a 0.6-acre park immediately south of the Colfax Cultural Center along Cottage Grove Avenue, in close proximity to South Bend Mutual Homes and the Charles Martin Youth Center
  • Beacon Resource Center: $15,000 to expand and sustain the organization’s administrative and development capacity
  • Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC): $15,000 to support legal services for low-income immigrants who need assistance with asylum, deportation defense, or other immigration matters in St. Joseph County
  • Reading for Life: $15,000 to support the organization’s volunteer mentors with a continuing education video reference library
  • YMCA of Michiana: $15,000 to help expand Edison Lakes Family YMCA’s LIVESTRONG program, a twelve-week exercise-based program for adult cancer survivors

Each year, the Community Foundation returns some $5 million in grants to the community. SInce inception, the Community Foundation has granted more than $100,000,000 to deserving nonprofit organizations and causes that make St. Joseph County a better place to live.