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Women’s Fund of Central Indiana announces $106,390 emergency grants to support women and girls

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) Fund, announced today the distribution of $106,390 emergency grants to support women and girl serving organizations affected by the impact of COVID-19. The application process was adjusted to allow for funds to be distributed easily and quickly. Women’s Fund made a significant change to their grant process for 2020 to focus solely on addressing the impact of COVID-19.

“We made direct contact with 20 of our grantees last week to understand how they are doing, what they are doing, and how we can best support them,” said Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. “Our board moved quickly to pivot our funding strategy to allow immediate impact for the organizations with the greatest and most urgent needs.” 

Grantees include:

Alternatives - $8,500

Designated for the purpose of hotel stays, cleaning supplies, food, and cash support to clients with immediate needs. 

Coburn Place - $2,500

Designated for the purpose of cleaning supplies and staff support. 

Concord Neighborhood Center  - $8,000

Designated to support full day childcare for 45-50 children. 

Dove Recovery House - $10,000

Designated to support operating needs of the organization.  

Early Learning Indiana - $4,000

Designated for staff salary support to aid in retention. 

Girls Inc. Johnson County - $10,000

Designated for staff salary support to aid in retention. 

Girls Inc. Shelby County  - $10,000

Designated for staff salary support to aid in retention.  

Indiana Diaper Bank - $10,000

Designated to allow for the purchase of 62,500 diapers, wipes, and education materials for 2,500 children. 

The Julian Center - $8,000

Designated for the purpose of staff incentives, technology, survivor activities, and facility needs. 

La Plaza - $5,000

Designated for 100 survival packages for women.    

Prevail  - $3,715

Designated to provide virtual technology services. 

Project Home Indy - $10,000

Designated to support operating needs of the organization.  

Seeds of Hope - $10,000

Designated to support program fees, transportation, food, personal hygiene products, and staff expenses (after client needs are met).    

Turning Point - $5,675                                                  

Designated for shelter, food, rent, utilities, household supplies, and other basic supplies, as needed, for clients with immediate needs in Johnson and Shelby County. 

During these difficult and surreal times, it gives us hope that organizations like Women’s Fund step up to make a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable families,” said Miriam Acevedo Davis, Executive Director, La Plaza. “We are deeply grateful for this support.”

“The global COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant and catastrophic impact on these organizations as the needs of the women and girls they serve have escalated exponentially,” said Baker. “We recognize the long-term effects this devastating crisis will have on these organizations and are committed wholeheartedly to ensure their sustainability and ability to continue to thrive through this crisis.” 

To find out more about Women’s Fund of Central Indiana visit: womensfund.org.

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