Community Foundation Awards $210,000 in Recent Grants

Senior Living, ArtsEverywhere Grants for Fall Cycle

As part of its 2021 fall grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $210,000 to 10 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants.


Senior Living grants are designed to support quality programs and services that local seniors need to remain healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. Senior Living grant recipients in this cycle include:

LOGAN: $36,800

This grant will support the pressing needs of LOGAN’s senior clients, including a wheelchair-accessible van to transport Adult Day Services clients, general funding for LOGAN’s guardianship and advocacy program, and support for emergency client needs such as housing, clothing, and medical items. Funding will also be used to address residential living needs, including adaptive and handicap-accessible items placed in client bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces. All LOGAN senior clients that require support from this grant are diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability.

REAL Services: $25,000

As part of its COVID Recovery Plan, REAL Services needs to reengage and recruit volunteers at a volume that is greater than what the organization has experienced in the past. The need is urgent and stretches across program areas. Grant funds will be used to launch a multifaceted media campaign that will include billboards, TV and radio spots, print publications and other marketing materials to recruit approximately 160 additional volunteers in St. Joseph County.


ArtsEverywhere grants to local arts organizations are designed to raise artistic quality, strengthen volunteer and staff leadership, enhance the capacity of arts organizations and the arts community, foster and support local talent, and inspire community pride.

ArtsEverywhere grants in this cycle were made to:

South Bend Museum of Art: $103,400 (over three years)
Funding will support the creation of a new interactive space—”The Family Gallery”—and a new position called the Visitor Experience Coordinator (VEC). The VEC will be the primary point of contact for the new space, facilitating access to educational elements and assuring the area is inviting to visitors of all ages. Funds will cover the salary and benefits of the VEC for three years, with additional funding to cover a portion of the program costs.

WNIT Channel 34: $15,000
This 2022 annual sponsorship funding will support multiple programs that WNIT airs about the arts in St. Joseph County. A PBS affiliate station, WNIT-TV brings high-quality national arts performances to local audiences and features local arts through weekly episodes of Experience Michiana. WNIT also broadcasts local performances such as Live from Notre Dame, Arts at IUSB, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, local holiday shows, and more.

The Music Village: $7,500
This 2022 annual sponsorship funding will support opportunities for local residents to experience and participate in The Music Village’s programming. TMV offers music lessons, dance classes, group programs, jams, concerts, camps, and after-school programs, in both virtual and in-person formats.

Patchwork Dance Company: $3,500
This 2022 annual sponsorship will support Patchwork Dance Company’s season, which includes three concerts. Patchwork will produce “Coalescence in Dance” in March 2022; “Artistic Fusion,” a fall concert and visual arts event, in October 2022; and “Greta’s Gift,” a holiday concert, in December 2022.

Studebaker National Museum: $5,000
Funds will support Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm, one of the fastest growing Concours in the country. This event places rare automobiles from across the country in the gardens of the historic Oliver Mansion. The Concours creates an immersive cultural experience the enriches the lives of community residents and draws visitors from across the country by blending educational programming, the arts, and rich historical resources on the Museum campus.

South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras: $2,500
This grant will support free music lessons to students whose families cannot afford to hire a private instructor. Qualifying students will have already received need-based tuition scholarships to cover their SBYSO participation. For these students, the SBYSO finds private instructors willing to provide lessons, and then pays the instructors directly on a monthly basis.

The Acting Ensemble: $2,225
The Acting Ensemble has received a grant from the Indiana Historical Society to research, write, and stage a limited production of a play about Boyd Gurley, editor of the Indianapolis Times in the 1920s, under whose leadership the Times won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the corruption of the KKK. The IHS grant allows the play to be presented six times at the Acting Ensemble and at the History Museum. This additional ArtsEverywhere grant funding will expand the production of the play to additional locations, emphasizing minority communities and and historical societies, in June through September of 2022.

Art 4: $10,000
This grant will support Phase I of Art 4’s “Go Wireless” capital campaign. The funds will be used to purchase state-of-the-art audio and sound equipment to support Art 4’s theatrical performances.

You can learn more about the Community Foundation’s competitive grants—including requirements, application process, and deadlines—on our website.

Published: January 5, 2022
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