Grants Awarded

Since 1992, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has supported 400 nonprofit organizations through our grant making efforts. As the Community Foundation continues to grow our capacity to support this community we have evolved our grant making strategy. Learn more about recent Community Impact Funding Initiative recipients.

To see grants awarded in 2020 & 2021, please view the Community Foundation COVID-19 Response page.

Community Impact Funding Initiative Grants

The Community Foundation invests 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. The Community Impact Funding Initiative is co-funded by the Community Foundation and Smithville Charitable Foundation. In December 2019, 11 nonprofit organizations received Community Impact Grants. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to $50,000, totaling more than $$331,980.

Be Loved Transportation, Inc. to purchase a lift van to provide wheelchair-assisted individuals transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, including Medicaid-approved care. – Supporting approximately 40 per week with this wheelchair accessible van, Be Loved will provide reliable transportation to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in Monroe County.

Bloomington Housing Authority to fund a portion of construction and operation costs for a high-quality early Head Start center in the Crestmont neighborhood. – The Summit Hill Center will serve 16 infants and toddlers, support a BHA resident cohort of childcare educators, and include three rental apartments for low-income families.

Cardinal Stage to facilitate the production of “Ada and the Engine,” the story of female mathematician Ada Byron Lovelace, recognized as the first computer programmer. – The 2020 play will include discounted and free matinee performances with show-specific activities for students to learn more about the history of Lovelace as a pioneer and STEM role model.

Community Justice and Mediation Center for a project manager to coordinate a collaborative program providing mediation, legal assistance, and social services to tenants and landlords involved in eviction and housing challenges. – The Housing and Eviction Resource Table seeks to reduce eviction, preserve housing, provide comprehensive access to social services, facilitate tenant and landlord education, and improve overall housing stability for renters in Monroe County.

Ellettsville Main Street to engage stakeholders from all sectors of the community in a visioning process to create a long-term plan for the town of Ellettsville. – The grant will fund a professional firm to conduct research, facilitate community-wide input to define priorities, distill findings, and develop a shared action plan for growth.

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County to fund a portion of construction costs for a recycled shipping container home. – With lower construction costs and mortgage payments than typical homes, this pilot project will allow Habitat for Humanity to explore the feasibility of homeownership for lower-income households earning 25% of the area median income.

Indiana Limestone Symposium to launch a series of free limestone lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and carving events at Karst Farm Park to increase community awareness and appreciation for our region’s limestone heritage. – Grant funds will be used for tools, materials, carvers, educational materials for teachers and students, and public art placement.

Monroe County Board of Commissioners to help fund site safety and accessibility upgrades for phase one of Quarries in the Uplands, a new 100-acre park and regional destination to be developed near the intersection of I-69 and SR46. – The park, which will be developed in phases, will showcase seven quarries and honor our region’s limestone heritage through interpretive exhibits, gardens and walking paths, and spaces for a variety of community, educational, and performing arts events.

Monroe County Public Library for equipment, appliances, and supplies to establish a teaching kitchen at the new Southwest Branch Library. – Scheduled to open in 2022, the library’s kitchen will provide free, hands-on cooking and nutrition programs for all ages, increasing food security and advancing literacy, math, and science.

New Hope for Families for architectural design fees associated with a new shelter and early childcare facility to be developed at 1200 S. Morton Street. – Estimated for completion in 2021, New Hope’s new location will shelter up 12 families experiencing homelessness (up from seven in its current location) and 48 low-income children in its high-quality early learning program (up from 16).

Stone Belt to pilot the Boost program, a classroom and internship gateway experience for local high school students interested in careers in healthcare and human services. – The 10-week paid internship opportunity will equip up to 15 graduating seniors with training, knowledge, and hands-on experience to empower and support people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives and participate fully in our community. Upon graduation, participating interns may be offered full-time or part-time positions as direct support professionals at Stone Belt.