The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC) recognized nonprofit organizations receiving competitive grants at its January 12 Community Impact Grant Awards reception. A total of $439,083 was awarded from the Foundation’s most recent competitive Community Impact Funding Initiative.
“We are so proud to share that this year’s 15 grants will impact more than 28 nonprofit agencies and organizations,” said President and CEO Tina Peterson. “By finding innovative and inspired ways to collaborate through projects and programs like these, our local nonprofit organizations are maximizing their impact and creating a better place for individuals and families to thrive in Bloomington and Monroe County.”
“These collaborative grants are examples of how local nonprofits are lifting up our community,” added Peterson.
Regularly, the Community Foundation entertains funding requests from 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies and tax-exempt organizations for projects and programs that benefit the citizens of Bloomington and Monroe County.
The Community Impact Funding Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to fuel innovative ideas and lasting impact in Monroe County through funding opportunities that meet our community’s most pressing needs and seize its most compelling opportunities. In recent years, the Community Foundation has defined specific priorities for this annual funding program, including mental health resiliency, housing security, community vibrancy, quality of place, and rapid COVID-19 response.
This year’s Community Impact Funding Initiative was designed to support a broad range of community needs such as arts and culture, social and health services, education, recreation, beautification and preservation, animal welfare, the environment, and community development. Priority in the evaluation of grant awards was given to projects that incorporate and embrace innovative or transformative solutions to critical community issues; collaboration across organizations and/or sectors to increase impact and effectiveness; and planning for long-term sustainability (when applicable).
Grants were awarded in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for a total of $439,083:
This year’s community Impact Grants were awarded from the Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Endowment Fund, select field of interest and donor advice funds, and collaborative funding provided by Community Foundation partners, including the Smithville Charitable Foundation.
“We are grateful for our 10-year partnership between the Community Foundation and Smithville Charitable Foundation and the generosity of donors for entrusting us to invest in innovative programs and ideas that improve the quality of life for all who call Bloomington and Monroe County home,” added Peterson.
Competitive Grant Initiatives Since 2019
In addition to grants awarded as part of the 2022-2023 Community Impact Funding Initiative, the Community Foundation utilized its January 12 reception to recognize all of the agencies awarded competitive grants since 2020.
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