The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County was established in 1990 to encourage and manage philanthropic support for the long-term benefit of the community and all those who call it home. Today, we have more than 250 unique funds – each with its own defined purpose as stipulated by the inspired donors who provided the resources to create the funds. Each year, distributions from these funds are returned to the community in the form of charitable grants to local nonprofits and other exempt organizations like schools, churches, and governmental agencies. In fact, the Community Foundation has granted more than $35 million dollars back to this community in the last 30 years.
Generally, Community Foundation grants fall into a few basic categories. They include grants awarded through competitive granting processes, proactive grantmaking, and those awarded in response to donor recommendations or designations.
Some of our competitive grant programs include:
Dance & Movement Grant Initiative
Through the Dance & Movement Grant Initiative funded by the Marina Svetlova Fund for Dance, the Foundation seeks to provide support for community-based, non-profit programs and organizations that promote the art of dance in various forms. Priority programs will be those that support ballet or contemporary dance as well as those that provide dance or movement opportunities, especially for youth, seniors, or disabled persons. Learn More »
Community Impact Grants
The Community Foundation seeks to invest in projects and programs that address the core issues facing our community or that will allow Monroe County to take advantage of its most compelling opportunities. Given our focus on the long-term success of Monroe County, the Community Impact Funding Initiative supports programs or projects that offer the potential for lasting change. Grants are judged on a number of criteria and are expected to focus on solutions rather than symptoms. Innovation, collaboration, and sustainability are the highest priorities in grant evaluation. Learn More »
Precision Health Network Grants
Precision Health Network Fund grants assist with the development or enhancement of community health education and health outcomes. In addition to Monroe County, Brown, Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties are eligible to apply for Precision Health Network Fund grants. Learn More »
Never Lose Hoop Grants
The Never Lose Hoop Fund was established by JC and Joni Hulls to support children affected by cancer, specifically by providing grants for shared family experiences that will give the children and their families improved quality of life and happiness. The grants are for families dealing with a current cancer diagnosis or treatment, or those who have experienced the death of an immediate family member to cancer within the last two years. Learn More »
Flick Emergency Medical Fund Grants
The Flick Emergency Medical Fund was established by Kevin and Mindy Flick to support families and individuals facing hardship due to a medical emergency or crisis. Grants from this fund specifically help relieve the financial burden of medical or living expenses for these families or individuals. Learn More »