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

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

Miami 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 be supporting the Miami County Leadership Program, YMCA Transit Program, and the development of youth mentorship programing.


Miami 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, Miami County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $48,385 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Miami County. In March 2020, the Miami County Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.


Connie Cutler, Director of Development said “Through the Community Needs Assessment, we were able to hear from Miami County resident regarding the struggles that they have and the areas of need that affect their families. The opportunity to hear from Miami County residents was provided by the generous planning grant from Lilly Endowment.”


Moving forward, the Community Foundation plans to use these granting dollars to help upgrade the transportation scheduling and dispatching software for the YMCA Transit Program, provide training and classes for a new Leadership Miami County program to help develop leadership skills within the  community as well as developing a mentorship programing for the youth in Miami County.


For more information regarding Lilly Endowment’s Community Leadership Grant or the Community Foundation, please feel free to call Connie Cutler, Miami County Director of Development at 765-475-2859 or email at


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.