INDIANAPOLIS - Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate serving Hamilton County, announced $117,000 in grants will be awarded to 10 not-for-profits in the county. Legacy Fund's board of directors voted to approve this first round of competitive grants on March 22.

Grants from Legacy Fund address education, summer programing, leadership training, arts and culture and more. Legacy Fund also allocated $25,000 for its community scholarships, which will be awarded to Hamilton County students later this year.

The 10 grant recipients are:

• Ben's Ranch Foundation will use its $10,000 to cover the cost of 10 Hamilton County teens living with mental illness to experience relief and healing working on a farm equipped with medical personnel and mental health professionals.

• Chaucie's Place will allocate its $16,000 grant to support Stewards of Children and train 2,500 teachers and staff in Carmel, Westfield and Hamilton Heights school districts to prevent, recognize and react appropriately to child sexual abuse.

• Nickel Plate Arts plans to allocate its $5,000 award from Legacy Fund to support high-quality, affordable art classes and camps for children outside the classroom.

• Englishton Park's $10,000 grant will enable 12 Hamilton County youth, identified as having behavioral or emotional learning challenges, to attend an intensive, therapeutic residential summer camp at no cost.


• Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, Academic Success Programming, $10,000

• Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Program Support, $5,000

• Connect2Help, Serving Hamilton County Residents in Need, $6,000

• Noblesville Main Street, Administrative Support, $10,000

• Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County, Together Today and Community Caring Senior Programs, $20,000

• Legacy Fund Scholarships, 2017 Legacy Fund Scholarships, $25,000

Grants awarded by Legacy Fund's board of directors are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County, along with supplemental funding from the City of Noblesville Fund, Sheridan Fund and Donald Johnson Fund for Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County, all field of interest funds of Legacy Fund.