Community Foundation Update (12/31/11)

Community Foundation Update (12/31/11)

Florida

The Community Foundation of East Central Florida in DeLand has awarded four grants totaling $3,395 to organizations in Flagler County, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Family Promise of Flagler, Grace Community Food Pantry, and Flagler Youth Center each were awarded $1,000, while the Coalition for Homeless of Volusia/Flagler was awarded $395.

Illinois

The Springfield-based Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln has announced that it is accepting letters of inquiry for the King's Daughters Organization Fund through February 1. Grants awarded by the fund will range from $2,500 to $25,000 and must be used to support programs and services that primarily benefit seniors (55 years of age and older) in Sangamon County.

Since its founding in 1999, the Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County has awarded nearly $9 million in grants, including more than $2 million in 2011, the Decatur Tribune reports. More than half of the grants awarded by the foundation in 2011 were in support of education, while additional grants were made in the areas of arts and culture (23 percent), social services (16 percent), health care (6 percent), and conservation (2 percent).

Indiana

The Indianapolis-based Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that nearly 4,800 Marion County high school freshmen (75 percent of those eligible) have committed to the twenty-first century scholars program as a result of the foundation's 2011 enrollment challenge. Designed to bolster enrollment efforts, the challenge was a $7,100 incentive program made possible by a CICF board member and the foundation's employee fund. The challenge is part of a community-wide initiative including CICF, the City of Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation, and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee that aims to boost the number of seventh- and eighth-grade students enrolled in the scholarship program.

New York

The New York Community Trust has awarded $120,000 to Safe Space NYC, the Daily News reports. The grant will enable the organization to hire a youth specialist and a new social worker and expand its clinical services for LGBT youth in Queens.

Ohio

The Toledo Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $145,000 from its community funds to four area nonprofits. Recipients include the Glass Art Society, Lucas County Improvement Corporation, Read for Literacy, and Toledo Orchestra Association.

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