(Evansville, Indiana) In lieu of the grants reception, the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) recently announced total grant awards of $442,172.20 to 20 charitable organizations. The CEEF’s mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville.
The annual grant cycle began in June. The CEEF grants committee awards the grants through a competitive application and review process. Grants are specifically awarded for capital improvement projects and 60% of annual grants are required to be distributed to organizations serving the 4th and 6th wards.
Board president Amber Rascoe states that “the City of Evansville Endowment Fund has made a huge difference in addressing quality of life issues. Nonprofit organizations need to be recognized for their contributions to ensure our communities maintain necessities during these difficult times. The grants we award will continue to provide much needed assistance to these organizations.”
This year’s grant recipients are:
- $36,990 to Aurora for acoustic sound proof tiling for the case management area;
- $31,125 to Carver Community Organization for the Carver Daycare & Preschool playground enhancements, removing existing playground covering and replacing with artificial turf ;
- $15,000 to Community One, Inc. for the 618 Madison Avenue Housing Restoration Project;
- $6,000 to District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store outdoor signage;
- $6,820 to Dream Center Evansville for the window replacement project;
- $29,149 to Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to renovate the slope on the property to stop erosion and flooding issues;
- $40,000 to Evansville African American Museum for The Porter House renovation;
- $12,120 to Evansville Christian Life Center to install 6 plasma filters for the HVAC systems in high traffic areas and to purchase two new freezers for the Food Co-op Program;
- $30,000 to Evansville Parks Foundation to assist with the construction/installation of a shelter house, basketball courts, and playground for Garvin Park;
- $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to assist with 5 home builds in Glenwood Neighborhood (Ward 4) and 10 home builds in St. Theresa Place (Ward 6);
- $19,738 to Holly’s House, Inc. for the removal and replacement of flooring;
- $9,900 to Jacob’s Village for the septic system cell cleaning project;
- $41,180 to Joshua Academy to replace one of the outdated boilers with a new 90% thermal efficiency boiler;
- $33,000 to Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville to construct a secondary entrance to the museum and for graphic design and signage;
- $4,616 to Patchwork Central, Inc. for gutter and downspout cleaning, installation of gutter guards, replacement of underground downspout lines, and installation of an area drain;
- $20,000 to Reitz Home Museum to assist with the restoration of 20 iron window enframements;
- $16,500 to Sycamore Services to assist with the purchase and installation of secure and accessible exterior and interior doors, including electronic door opening system;
- $40,000 to United Caring Services to assist with the renovation of the Day Shelter restrooms and showers;
- $20,790.20 to United Methodist Youth Home, Inc. to replace 3 HVAC systems (two in the administrative building and one in the current girls’ residential group home) and to replace the flooring in the mobile home that serves as a gym for residential youth; and
- $9,244 to Vanderburgh County CASA Inc. for the purchase and installation of video-conferencing equipment.
About the City of Evansville Endowment Fund, Inc.
The CEEF originated in 1994, when former Mayor Frank McDonald II proposed that $5 million of revenue from the riverboat be invested in a way that would serve the City of Evansville forever. After an extensive study of investment options, in 1998 the revenue was used to establish the endowment fund as a distinct legal entity affiliated with the Alliance. CEEF was created as a public charity and supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc. The CEEF’s earnings allow for grantmaking annually.
Nonprofit organizations wishing to receive email notification at the start of next year’s grant cycle should visit the Alliance webpage for the CEEF at www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund.