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. Please click below to learn more about recent Community Impact Funding Initiative and Precision Health Initiative grants recipients.

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. This year, 13 nonprofit organizations received Community Impact Grants from an original field of 70 applicants. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to $50,000, totaling more than $326,700.

Bloomington Creative Glass Center to create a new weeklong summer camp targeted for primary school aged children – With an interest in visual arts, the camp will include hands-on and experience activities in glass art and other visual disciplines.

Bloomington Playwrights Project to establish the Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre (BAFT) – In collaboration with Pigasus Pictures and Cardinal Stage Company, the grant will provide funding to establish a new coordinated theatre education program for training in acting, voice, dance, musical theatre, film, and other performing arts. Long-term goals include the growth in the talent pool for both artistic and technical roles.

Boys & Girls Club Bloomington to pilot the Youth Mental Health Bridges program at the Ferguson Crestmont Club – In collaboration with Catholic Charities of Bloomington, the grant will fund onsite training of Boys and Girls Club staff and materials to empower staff to better recognize and respond to mental health and behavioral needs of youth members. Staff from Boys and Girls Club Bloomington and Catholic Charities will work side by side in serving club members.

Centerstone of Indiana for expanding capacity to serve individuals in recovery who are in need of extended transitional housing – Extended Transitional Supportive Housing is the final state of the continuum of care for individuals with substance use disorder. The grant will provide extended safe and stable housing for individuals in recovery treatment programs, increasing the likelihood of successful long-term recovery, rehabilitation, and reunification of families.

Dimension Mill for the REBOOT Fellowship, Intern Summer Camp, and Bloomington’s TechPoint XTern program – The grant will fund programming and marketing for three educational and workplace learning programs aimed at facilitating the growth of a tech-enabled, entrepreneurial talent pipeline in our community.

Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools for professional development for early learning professionals working in 27 classrooms across MCCSC – The grant will fund staff development to support all of MCCSC’s early learning classrooms to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for our youngest learners.

Indiana Recovery Alliance for a peer harm reduction specialist to build the capacity of IRA to expand access to social services for persons who use substances in Monroe County – The peer harm reduction specialist will support individuals through intensive case management, peer outreach, counseling, individual intervention plans, and connections to available social services.

Monroe County History Center to develop the Monroe County Living with History program, a series of museum-based dementia support programs – In collaboration with the IU Health Alzheimer’s Resource Service, the grant will fund staff training and program development to offer access to resources and museum-based archives for people living with dementia and their care partners. Programming will include memory boxes, workshops, a memory café, and self-guided memory walk tours.

Monroe County United Ministries to pilot the Self-Sufficiency Center’s Your Path program– The grant will fund coaches, professional development and program materials to aid clients in poverty who are working towards self-sufficiency. Programming will focus on family stability, physical and mental health well-being, financial management, education, and employment.

New Leaf – New Life for the Sustainable Volunteering and Training Development Project – The grant will fund development of a sustainable volunteer program to assist incarcerated or ex-offender residents transition back into the community through programs focused on addiction support, education, job counseling, and social services/case management.

People & Animal Learning Services to expand a pilot of the Little Bits equine-assisted learning program – In collaboration with Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County and other organizations serving at-risk youth, the grant will provide funding to allow at-risk youth access to riding and horsemanship programming. A focused curriculum will help participants develop essential skills such as listening, understanding, empathy, self-esteem, coping, and trust.

United Way of Monroe County to explore the potential for developing a Miracle League baseball field and recreational complex in Monroe County – The grant will fund a comprehensive analysis of the feasibility of a Miracle League field, an accessible baseball complex for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. This complex and program would service individuals who are excluded from conventional baseball leagues and would greatly benefit from increased opportunities for socialization and recreation.

Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County to continue efforts to become a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Monroe County – As a free clinic, VIM cannot serve people experiencing poverty who have insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. This matching grant will fund legal and accounting work to initiate the process of merging with an existing FQHC entity. Ultimately, the goal is to enable VIM to provide and expand the depth and variety of its medical services to many more low-income uninsured and insured individuals in the greater Bloomington region.

Precision Health Initiative Grants

The Precision Health Fund was established in 1996 to provide grants in a multi-county region to support health and wellness efforts. In 2015, the Community Foundation granted $16,180 to 4 organizations. They are listed below.

Johnson Nichols Health Clinic – For the Early Identification and Intervention Project, which identifies and treats acute and chronic health issues including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, COPD, Asthma and obesity. Provides comprehensive lab work panels, clinic and home-based medical supplies, and early intervention services, empowering individuals to self-manage chronic conditions.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – Nutrition Education-Youth Gardening Program: A hands-on garden programming to low-income, food insecure youth to promote the physical, mental, and nutritional health of participants. Includes learning how to grow, prepare, preserve and serve nutritious meals from their garden harvests.

Girls Incorporated of Monroe County – For the Growing Together program: professionally-guided sessions between parents and their daughters to promote openness, trust, and awareness about sex and sexuality.

Greene Co. General Hospital Foundation – Tobacco cessation program: free public program open to all tobacco users in Greene and surrounding counties. That ten-week program provides information, opportunities for self-assessment, support and guidance as participants design their individual approaches to quit using tobacco.

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