Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County announces grant program finalists

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The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County has announced the six finalist organizations in the running for two $35,000 competitive grants. 

The Women’s Fund was established in 2007 when a group of area women came together with the goal of improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by pooling their resources to forever provide funding for charitable initiatives. 

Decisions on this year’s grants will be made by vote of the Fund’s membership at their annual meeting, set for Wednesday, at the Holiday Inn Airport.

Members will select one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a program and one organization will be selected to receive a $35,000 grant for a capital project. 

This year’s three program category finalists and their proposals are: 

Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for a program to expand psychology services for children in the community

Parenting Time Center for an educational program to empower mothers with co-parenting communication skills to improve children’s outcomes

Youth First, Inc. for a program that supports placement of school social workers in Evansville middle schools

This year’s three capital project category finalists and their proposed projects are:

Boys & Girls Club of Evansville for a project to upgrade building security throughout the building and along the exterior

District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to renovate restrooms at the Thrift Store to meet ADA requirements

St. Vincent Early Learning Center for the Natural Outdoor Learning Classrooms project redesigning playground areas to incorporate nature as an integral and critical part of our children’s daily learning

Since it was formed in 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $757,000 to organizations serving local families.

“Each year we are astounded at the enormity of the impact of our community’s nonprofit organizations and the work they are able to do every day while faced with limited budgets, funding cuts, and increasing need,” say advisory board co-chairs Diana Wilderman and JoAnn Weber-Drennen. “Our ability to support their efforts with grants makes a difference today and for the future as well.”

Impact grants awarded have provided funding for projects and programs at the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Patchwork Central, Holly’s House, Ozanam Family Shelter, Lampion Center, Potter’s Wheel, United Caring Services, United Methodist Youth Home, Vanderburgh County Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Youth Resources Teen Court, and the YWCA.

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(This story was originally published on November 7, 2018)

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