Vanderburgh Community Foundation Implementation Grant Update


The Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Community Leadership Implementation Grant Opportunity in Vanderburgh County will pilot a program for service coordination using a “place-conscious” strategy which capitalizes on neighborhood strengths to support families through wrap-around services. Place-conscious strategies support families by expanding their opportunities within the partnering neighborhoods and connecting them to regional and local opportunities.

The goal of the pilot project is two-fold: first, support direct services for individuals and families that are striving to improve their financial well-being. Secondly, while testing this intervention, data will be gathered to further inform effective strategies for inclusion in a community -wide collective impact model addressing poverty.  The pilot project will support wrap-around service coordination in Promise Zone neighborhoods over a two-year period. The Service Coordinators will be hosted by a nonprofit agency with an established and credible working relationship with the residents of the identified neighborhoods.

Collaborating Organizations

Implementation grant recipients:  Dream Center Evansville, Memorial Community Development Corporation, and Potter’s Wheel. 

Core Planning Group:  Jeremy Evans and John Benton (Dream Center Evansville) Rasheedah Ajibade (Memorial Community Development Corporation), Chris Fleming (Potter’s Wheel), Doug Berry (Diehl

Consulting Group), and Sidney Hardgrave (Vanderburgh Community Foundation).

Advisory Committee:  (Under Development)

Activity Update

The Core Planning Group is nearing the end of the program planning phase.  The Family Care Coordinators for each partner agency have been hired and trained.  Services will be implemented in the second quarter of 2021.