Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded $1,421,500 in economic and workforce development grants to 10 Fort Wayne nonprofits. Recipients were:
Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance: $600,000 over four years to support the initiatives of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., including downtown marketing, the Business Retention/Expansion program and talent development initiatives. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the newly created economic development organization that unifies the Alliance and Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce to serve as a single point of contact for economic growth in Fort Wayne and to complement and support broader regional efforts.
Northeast Indiana Foundation: $600,000 over four years to support the Big Goal Collaborative, Vision 2020 and Business Cluster Development strategies that will strengthen and diversify the northeast Indiana economy.
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center: $46,000 to support the student entrepreneurship program for high school and college students.
Ivy Tech Foundation: $43,000 for the Employer Student Connection Initiative, an education and job placement program that connects students with businesses that have job openings in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, construction technology, industrial technology, design technology, health care support, business administration and office administration positions.
East Wayne Street Center: $35,000 to support Project Solve, an adult basic education and vocational training program that targets high school dropouts and adults who need to improve their reading, writing and math skills and pass the GED tests.
The Literacy Alliance: $35,000 for its four GED Learning Centers, which provide support services to adult students preparing to take their GED tests.
Fort Wayne Clubhouse, doing business as The Carriage House: $20,000 to help those with serious mental illness return to competitive employment.
Fort Wayne Urban League: $17,500 for the Empowerment Center, which provides services related to employment, financial literacy and housing stability that help people become economically stable and financially self-sufficient.
Blue Jacket: $15,000 to support Opportunity Staffing, an in-house staffing service that benefits both the organization’s candidates who graduate from the Career Academy training and the employers that hire those graduates.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service: $10,000 to support a financial literacy program that addresses financial responsibility and helps individuals develop a balanced budget reflecting their values.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $24.4 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.