Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Community Foundation Awards $185,575 in ArtsEverywhere Grants

Winter 2016 grant cycle supports The History Museum, WNIT, and more

WNIT-TV received an ArtsEverywhere grant.

As part of its 2016 winter grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $185,575 in ArtsEverywhere grants to local nonprofit organizations.

The goals of the Community Foundation’s ArtsEverywhere Fund are 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. St. Joseph County nonprofit or public agencies with a demonstrated and substantial commitment to the arts as part of their overall missions are eligible to apply for grant funding.

For the 2016 winter cycle, ArtsEverywhere grant recipients include:
  • The History Museum: $150,000 (a Major Venture grant, payable over three years) to help upgrade the Oliver Mansion electrical system to ensure its long-term safety and viability
  • WNIT-TV Channel 34: $15,000 to support WNIT programming that features the arts in St. Joseph County, including “Experience Michiana,” as well as nationally produced arts programming
  • Patchwork Dance Company: $3,500 to support two performances—“Christopher’s Christmas” and “In Concert” during the Company’s 2017 season
  • Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M) School Corporation: $10,000 to support the “Integrating the Visual Arts through Literacy” project, which develops visual arts lesson plans that will be implemented in P-H-M’s K-5 classrooms
  • South Bend Lyric Opera: $3,500 to help fund its December 2016 opera Die Fledermaus, its June 2017 opera L’elisir d’amore, and educational opportunities for patrons
  • Studebaker National Museum: $3,575 to improve the efficiency of financial reporting at the Museum while empowering staff and board leadership to more effectively plan and execute Museum operations

A nonprofit philanthropic endowment, the Community Foundation serves the people of St. Joseph County through initiatives and grant-making in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, parks and community development, and youth and education. Each year, the Community Foundation returns approximately $5 million to our community; since inception, the Community Foundation has granted more than $100,000,000 to deserving causes and nonprofit organizations in St. Joseph County.