FCCF has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000

22 Oct FCCF has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000

The Fulton County Community Foundation has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, the Community Foundation will support the Outlet Youth Center, Celebrate Recovery programs, and a service providers education network.

“With the help of community leaders and a needs assessment, we identified underserved needs in our community. These grant dollars will help us serve those needs and provide support to organizations that are planning to address them. We want to thank the Lilly Endowment for their continue support in Fulton County.” – Brian Johnson

Fulton County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

As part of GIFT VII, Fulton County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Fulton County.  In March 2020, the Fulton County Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

In the coming months, Fulton County residents will see new programing at the Outlet Youth Center, programing and training for service organizations, and expanded Celebrate Recovery programing. Based off the Community Needs Assessment, the funds will be used to address some of the most pressing needs in our community.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

For more information, contact Brian Johnson at the Fulton County Community Foundation at 574-224-3223.