Lilly Endowment awards $10.65 million to Indiana community foundations

Lilly Endowment awards $10.65 million to Indiana community foundations

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $10.65 million to community foundations across Indiana.

Awarded through the $125 million Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, eighty-four Community Leadership grants ranging from $75,000 to $500,000 will provide support for locally determined priorities, including efforts to strengthen early childhood, secondary, and postsecondary education; advance workforce development initiatives; provide substance use disorder and mental illness services; develop community transportation plans; and support quality-of-life initiatives. The Community Leadership grants program is one of five components of the seventh phase of the GIFT initiative (GIFT VII).

Since 2018, the endowment has made matching grants totaling $66.9 million through the initiative and expects to award an additional $31.6 million by the end of the year in support of large-scale leadership initiatives.

"We are impressed by the ways in which foundation leaders engaged with their neighbors to explore the most important challenges and opportunities facing their communities," said Lilly Endowment vice president for community development Ronni Kloth. "These proposals reflect strategic vision, collaboration, and solid planning that can help residents work together for lasting change."

For a complete list of GIFT awards, see the Lilly Endowment website.