The Foellinger Foundation announced more than $120,000 in grant funding Thursday for four local nonprofits.
The money comes from the foundation's Breakthrough Fund, a $500,000 initiative "to support people-focused ideas that create a significant impact on the residents of Allen County," according to a statement from the organization. About $400,000 is earmarked for the second phase of the project, and the groups can compete for that funding to be doled out next year.
- ACRES Land Trust - $39,050 - It plans a real estate development to provide nonprofit agencies with access to natural areas.
- League for the Blind and Disabled - $18,000 - It wants to improve methods to help people with disabilities "transition to adult life" by partnering with public and private organizations.
- Lutheran Social Services - $21,115 - It will partner with Catholic Charities, SCAN and Brightpoint to pool resources including budgets and staff "to build service bridges and overcome organizational boundaries."
- Northeast Indiana Innovation Center - $42,000 - It will provide training, mentors and other resources to clients "to achieve goals on their terms at places with people they trust.
The first phase of the project – the "refine phase" – allowed organizations to pitch plans for grant money. Each will use that funding to further develop their plans.
The organizations will report back to the Foellinger Foundation in May or June 2019.
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