Community Foundation Awards $540,000 in Recent Grants Cycle

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $540,000 to 18 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:

  • REAL Services, Inc.: $350,000 (payable over three years)
    This grant will support Care Connections at Milton Village, opening this fall. A joint project of REAL Services and the Center for Hospice Care, Care Connections at Milton Village includes two components: The Caregiver Resource Center, which focuses on the needs of caregivers, providing opportunities for them to learn, find support and comfort, and recharge, and Milton Village, a unique, state-of-the-art dementia-focused adult day facility that promotes well being, expressive arts, and person-centered care. When combined with a 2019 grant of $750,000, this grant brings the Community Foundation’s total support of this project to $1.1 million.
  • South Bend Heritage Foundation: $10,000
    This grant will help South Bend Heritage Foundation (SBHF) enhance the lives of its low-income senior residents by providing programming based on aging-in-place principles. Through the work of the Aging in Place Resident Life Program, seniors at SBHF properties will have access to opportunities to lessen isolation, increase health awareness and resources, and keep their minds stimulated and active, which reduces cognitive decline.
  • LOGAN: $7,000
    This grant will support two educational opportunities for LOGAN staff to learn how to work with clients with dementia: “Dementia with a Heart,” an online course provided by Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services, and a co-sponsorship (with REAL Services) of a two-day Midwest conference conducted by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices.


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 focused on annual programming support and key annual event funding were made to:

  • South Bend Museum of Art: $35,000
  • South Bend Civic Theatre: $35,000
  • South Bend Symphony Orchestra: $35,000
  • Fischoff National Chamber Music Association: $10,000
  • Southold Dance Theater: $10,000
  • South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc.: $7,500
  • Downtown South Bend Foundation (DTSB): $5,000
  • Robinson Community Learning Center/University of Notre Dame: $5,000
  • Musical Arts Indiana, Inc.: $3,500
  • The Main Stage, Inc.: $3,500
  • Downtown South Bend Foundation: $3,000
  • South Bend Heritage Foundation: $3,000
  • The Acting Ensemble: $2,500
  • South Bend Chamber Singers: $2,500

ArtsEverywhere grants focused on other project support were made to the following organizations:

  • Merrimans’ Playhouse: $5,000
  • Pigasus Institute: $5,000
  • South Bend Venues, Parks and Arts: $2,500

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


Published: June 23, 2021
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