Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette discretionary grants focus on youth, health and the arts

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette (CFGL) announced grant recipients at a Grant Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst Community Building (1114 State Street in Lafayette, Indiana). The Community Foundation awarded $125,893 in Tier 1 Discretionary Grants to seven charitable organizations. This was the 2008 funding cycle for requests over $15,000.

Each grant addresses at least one of the six priority community needs adopted by The Foundation’s Board of Directors: Education, Children/Youth, Health, Diversity, Physical Environment, and Arts & Culture. Grants awarded this cycle highlight projects that address youth, health, and the arts.

$15,000 — Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette — Youth United Build

Doug Taylor, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity says, “Providing affordable home ownership to Lafayette families is a huge need in Tippecanoe County. By teaming Habitat for Humanity with local youth led by Jefferson High School’s STRIVE class on this Youth United Build, local teens will learn the value of giving back to their community. Thanks to The Community Foundation’s grant, both the youth and their community are strengthened by this project.”

$20,000 — Tippecanoe Community Health Clinic — Implementation of digital radiography in Dental Clinic

President and CEO, Veronique LeBlanc, expressed thanks, saying, “The Tippecanoe Community Health Clinic is the area’s sole provider of comprehensive primary health and dental care to low-income people. In 2007, TCHC served 8,690 patients for 39,066 visits. The Dental Clinic serves 1,452 patients each year. Implementation of this new Digital Radiography technology will ultimately mean less cost and a more productive dental practice with a potential to serve 450 more patients on an annual basis. The Community Foundation understands how important health care is in our community. We appreciate their grant of $20,000 to make this dream for the Dental Clinic a reality for so many people in need.”

$20,000 — Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette — New roof for Monon Depot Theatre

“The Monon Depot Theatre serves as a cultural anchor in the Historical Centennial Neighborhood. Upkeep of the building, especially large capital projects such as a new roof, help to secure Civic Theatre’s home thus continuing to enrich the neighborhood and the broader community,” says Managing Director, Steve Koehler. “The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette’s grant to provide a new roof for our building allows us to better work on stronger theatrical productions and broader educational opportunities.”

Other grants awarded to address community needs include:

  • $16,610 — Wabash Center, Inc. Kids’ Connection — Playground surface at Kids’ Connection
  • $20,000 — Tippecanoe County Child Care, Inc. — Toddler playground equipment
  • $15,000 — National Youth Sports Program – Purdue University — Medical exams for low-income children in Tippecanoe County
  • $19,283 — Community and Family Resource Center — Doors for the South Side Community Center

There are still two opportunities to submit discretionary grant proposals in 2008. Information about funding cycles, proposal requirements, and past discretionary grant recipients may be found on The Community Foundation’s website,

Tier 3 — Proposals requesting less than $7,500 — Proposals accepted year-round.
Tier 2 — Proposals requesting $7,500 – $14,999 — Application Deadline: September 2, 2008

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, established in 1970, serves the Tippecanoe County area. Its mission is to inspire, nurture, and practice philanthropy, stewardship, and leadership in the communities served. In 2007, The Community Foundation awarded $689,474 in 108 grants to charitable organizations and scholarship recipients. From that amount, $283,137 was awarded in 41 discretionary grants. For additional information, visit or call (765) 742-9078.

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