EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Grants totaling nearly $427,000 were presented to 22 organizations Wednesday from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund.
The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville.
It originated in 1994, when former Mayor Frank McDonald II proposed that $5 million in casino revenue be invested in a way that would serve the city forever.
After a study of investment options, in 1998 the revenue was used to establish the endowment fund. CEEF was created as a public charity and supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc. The CEEF’s earnings allow for grant-making annually.
“The City of Evansville Endowment Fund grants let these groups focus on serving people – the funds really help to solve problems for the organizations, so they can do the important work they do every day in our Evansville community,” said Jerome Stewart, president of the CEEF board. “The board is grateful to be able to give to so many.”
Here are the organizations that received grants, and the amounts:
- $9,906 to The Arc of Evansville for the Water Heater Replacement Project
- $10,000 to Ark Inc – Crisis Child Care Center to provide enhanced security fencing and video monitoring of classrooms and exterior spaces
- $9,824 to Aurora, Inc. to constuct a floor to ceiling security and sound barrier wall
- $29,000 to Carver Community Organization for Carver Neighborhood Center roof repairs
- $15,000 to Community One for the 2018 Marshall Avenue Housing Restoration Project
- $20,000 to District of Evansville Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Thrift Store Roof Replacement project
- $18,367.50 to Dream Center for parking lot re-paving at the main building and the newly acquired lot at the corner of Main Street and Morgan Avenue
- $28,012 to Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to refurbish a total of 4 bathrooms at group homes located at 1426 S. Alvord Lane and 2606 S. Rotherwood Avenue
- $30,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to provide construction materials to build 15 homes in Ward Four’s Tepe Park Neighborhood
- $16,665 to Holly’s House for the flooring improvement project
- $29,410 to Joshua Academy to upgrade and repair the boiler and chiller systems
- $5,500 to Lampion Center, Inc. for drywall and paint repair, carpet replacement, and removal and restoration of landscaping
- $20,400 to Ozanam Family Shelter Corporation for the purchase and installation of an industrial dishwasher, ice maker and four new washers and dryers
- $30,000 to Southwestern Healthcare, Inc. for Washington Court Apartments porch and balcony repair and renovation
- $16,230 to St. Vincent Early Learning Center, Inc. for the Air Conditioning/Heating Systems Replacement Project
- $3,310 to SWIRCA for upgrading the building’s sprinkler system
- $6,400 to Tri-State Men’s Center for window and storm door replacement at the Gum Street transition home
- $40,000 to United Caring Services for the Day Shelter Flooring Project
- $25,000 to Vanderburgh County CASA to support improvements to its new office
- $40,000 to Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana to complete the roof repair and replacement project
- $4,700 to WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc. for parking lot sealcoat, crack repair, and restriping and to install protective bollards
- $19,147 to YWCA of Evansville Inc. for the Water Damage Repair Projec
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 communityfoundationalliance.org.