Bloomington awards $330K in socials services funds, Jack Hopkins total now $5.8 million since 1993

At its regular Wednesday meeting last week, Bloomington’s city council approved a total of $339,000 in grants, to 28 different projects for which local non-profits had requested funding.

These are the top 10 Jack Hopkins social services awards by amount of the grant. A complete table appears below.

The funding is described by the city as supporting projects that “make a difference in the lives of city residents in need.”

The annual allocation of social services funding has been made since 1993. Counting this year, about $5.8 million has been awarded, compared to around $12 million that has been requested.

This year, a total of $563,516 was requested for 32 different projects.

The top five awards were to: St. Vincent de Paul for a utility assistance program ($30,000); Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington for accessibility improvements for Crestmont youth with disabilities ($23,005); Monroe County United Ministries to pay for a new service van ($23,000); Indiana Recovery Alliance to pay for a syringe service program coordinator position ($21,600); and HealthNet Inc. to pay for rent ($20,875).

This year’s $7,500 award to Planned Parenthood drew objection during the meeting’s public comment time, because the nonprofit also provides abortion services. This year’s Jack Hopkins award is to fund the contraceptives for the non-profit’s safety net family planning services. Continue reading “Bloomington awards $330K in socials services funds, Jack Hopkins total now $5.8 million since 1993”

$48K to 16 Monroe County arts groups among awards from Indiana Arts Commission

In a news release issued Monday morning, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced 278 $3,000 awards for a total of $834,000 to arts groups across the state.

Among the awardees are 16 Monroe County arts groups.

The $48,000 that went to local groups puts Monroe County fourth behind Marion, Allen, and Hamilton counties for the total awarded.

The grant money came from IAC’s Arts Recovery Program, which draws on American Rescue Plan Act through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Additional NEA money came through Arts Midwest, Indiana’s regional partner, according to the news release.

Quoted in the news release is Lewis Ricci, Indiana Arts Commission executive director: “This funding is a recognition of the value that the creative sector provides to the economic and social health of our state and nation.” Continue reading “$48K to 16 Monroe County arts groups among awards from Indiana Arts Commission”

Monroe County commissioners OK $68K in first round of COVID-19 relief funding, using food and beverage tax proceeds

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Screen grab of the April 22, 2020 Zoom videoconference of the Monroe County board of commissioners. 

Ten Monroe County business owners outside the city limits of Bloomington will be getting an email sometime Wednesday with an agreement for COVID-19 relief grant funds. Once the agreements are signed, the county auditor’s office will be able to cut checks to the businesses.

A total of $68,352 in grant awards was approved by the board of county commissioners its regular Wednesday meeting. Awards ranged from a high of $15,274 for Knightridge, Inc. (Scenic View restaurant on SR 446) to $1,800 for Trivia with Skip, an event booking agency. Continue reading “Monroe County commissioners OK $68K in first round of COVID-19 relief funding, using food and beverage tax proceeds”