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During our 24 years of serving Madison County, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars in support to the community in the form of grants and scholarships. Each year nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for several competitive grant cycles. Funds awarded through competitive grants will help accomplish the Foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life of Madison County residents through arts and culture, education, health and human services, economic development, and civic affairs.
Aspire Indiana, Inc.-Kids's Talk Forensic Interviews
Kids Talk is a child advocacy center, providing forensic interviews to children suspected of being sexually or physically abused, neglected, or have been witnesses to violent crimes.
This grant funded interviews during weekend and evening hours.
Bountiful Harvest Ministries (Beauty for Ashes) - My Safe Place
Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home for homeless women and children provides a safe, stable living environment, case management, mentoring in daily living activities, emotional management and life skills classes, linkage to social services, spiritual formation classes, access to transportation, and referrals to medical, professional, legal, and housing resources within the community.
This grant increased security at the Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home for Women. They were able to install 4 cameras on the interior of the building. The camera system will allow us to track any possible intruders in the home and also monitor all resident actions in the common areas.
Hopewell Center, Inc.- Music Therapy
Hopewell Center, Inc. is a non-profit agency serving children and adults with a wide array of intellectual and other disabilities. The mission of Hopewell Center, Inc. is to help adults, children, and families experience independent and meaningful lives.
This grant purchased additional instruments and equipment to be used within the music therapy program. Music Therapy participants range in age from 7- 82. All individuals are diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and often also have other secondary diagnoses that can cause significant barriers to engaging in everyday activities.
Safe Families for Children - "Helping Families in Crisis"
Safe Families for Children provides families in crisis with a safe place for their children to stay while the parent is freed up to tend to their immediate crisis
This grant allowed us to assist four families during the course of 2016 by helping cover program costs of providing case management services, recruiting and training host families, providing direct assistance to families in need, and providing community outreach.
Alternatives Inc. of Madison County - Learning and Exploration
Alternatives Inc. is an emergency shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children. In addition to shelter, they offer transitional housing; 24-hour crisis support; case management; sexual assault intervention and treatment; prevention education and programming; professional training; and public education.
This grant funded educational field trips for the children residing at the shelter during summer break. The kids were able to visit the Indianapolis Zoo, Muncie Children's Museum, Imagination Station and other places!
Anderson Young Ballet Theatre - Nutcracker Student Performance
Anderson Young Ballet Theatre (AYBT) is a semi-professional ballet company which performs full length ballets as well as full performances containing excerpts from ballet classics, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap, contemporary dance and improvisation. Our Academy, with our staff of professional and accredited instructors, will teach your young dancer to love and appreciate the art of dance all while allowing them to participate in yearly performances.
This grant allowed AYBT to perform The Nutcracker" for area school-aged children at a significantly reduced ticket price. Each year, 1450 elementary and middle school students are introduced to The Nutcracker, ballet and The Paramount Theatre through this collaboration.
Dove Harbor- Healthy Food, Healthy Families
Dove Harbor is Madison County’s largest transitional shelter for women and women with children. We are not an emergency shelter, but rather, an extended-stay shelter. Through an extended period of time, we provide a safe harbor in which women can heal and learn successful life skills. Thus, they are empowered with the self-confidence to walk away from unhealthy situations and avoid ever returning.
This grant provided healthy snacks for children living at Dove Harbor. It also allowed them the opportunity to plant and manage a garden plot in a nearby community garden as well as family outing activities to promote a healthy and safe family interaction.
Edgewood Elementary School- Expanding our Orff Instrumentarium
The Music Program at Edgewood Elementary aims to provide their students with the most well-rounded and comprehensive music education. Edgewood serves 285 K-5 students on a music budget of $1 per student annually.
This grant allowed for each student in a 30-person class have access to their own instrument during their music class.
Gateway Association- Creative Expression
The mission of Gateway Association, Inc. (Gateway) is to help young children of all abilities reach their highest potential through education and other support systems. Our goals in the Developmental Learning Center (DLC) are to provide high-quality, effective care and education; to provide a safe, clean and healthy environment, both inside and outside; to provide a variety of healthy, well balanced meals and snacks; and to meet and maintain requirements set by state licensing standards for child care centers, the Paths to QUALITY (PTQ) child care rating program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
This grant allowed them to purchase art supplies for the children at Gateway.
Madison County Literacy Coalition- Youth Literacy Programs
The Madison County Literacy Coalition offers assistance to adults who struggle with reading, writing, comprehension, and spelling.
This grant provided funds for three different programs; the Reading Buddies tutoring program which offers free tutoring for kids in grades K-8 who struggle to read. The Bookcase Project which places bookcases in public places such as apartment buildings, domestic violence shelters and churches. This is also pay for the registration fees for two "Little Free Library" locations.
More Than Conquerors- Summer Camp
More Than Conquerors provides a safe place to empower generations. We will do this by continually providing opportunities for spiritual, familial, and community growth through actively reaching out to individuals and groups and connecting them to resources and each other.
MTC Summer Camp focuses on building life skills, learning how to serve others, and having a crazy awesome fun summer!
Operation Love Ministries (OLM)- Back to School Readiness Program
OLM is specifically structured as a vehicle whereby the collective Church may fulfill its call to serve the lost, poor, and hurting in our community. While many churches struggle to address the great breadth of needs before them, Operation Love Ministries serves as a pathway to connect churches as a collective body, assist with administration and strategic development of outreach programs, share best practices in ministry, and pool resources to best reach out to the hurting and broken.
This program provided backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need in which items were matched to the need for each child, given the school supply list provided. A special clothing pantry shopping experience for back-to-school clothes was also available. In 2016, this grant was able to help OLM serve 243 children.
Salvation Army-Back to School Underclothes
The Salvation Army Anderson Citadel is a ministry dedicated to giving a ‘hand-up’, providing basic life resources that create self-sufficient and spiritually-centered individuals in Madison County, Indiana.
This grant helped assist 837 students with socks and underwear to students who qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana- School Pantry Program
As a non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, we’re devoted to feeding the hungry, advocating for those with food insecurity and providing nutrition education. We fight hunger by working with partner agencies, local schools, corporate partners and a wide network of volunteers to serve hundreds of people each week.
This grant helps provide staple and nutritious food items to food insecure families with children. The program serves 60-70 families at St. Mary's School in Anderson.
Founded by friends, family and loved ones to preserve the memory of Stephen Hamer, the Stephen Hamer Memorial Fund was established to recognize those graduating seniors in Madison County who have demonstrated a commitment to serve their community and embody the generosity, kindness, and selfless devotion that defined my brother’s life. -Scott Hamer