Crawford County, Indiana – Nonprofits with programs and projects that benefit Crawford County residents can apply for funding through the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Cycle that opened on March 4, 2024.

The Crawford County Youth Philanthropy Council (CCYPC), a program and fund of the Community Foundation of Crawford County, is ready to accept grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations benefiting the residents of Crawford County. Nonprofits are invited to submit proposals requesting up to $4,500.00. The deadline for applications is noon on March 25, 2024. 

Laken Fraime, the CFCC’s director of finance and programs, said, “The Youth Philanthropy Council encourages students to engage in the grant making process here at the community foundation, from grant writing, to evaluating and recommending recipients. They are empowered to make a decision that will make a real difference to local non-profit organizations and the people of Crawford County.”

“I love that our foundation embraces the input of young people! Because of the CCYPC, these teens will be better equipped to be leaders in Crawford County. They will have an understanding of the nonprofit sector that many adults do not have. The process is good for them, good for Crawford County, and good for our nonprofits,” said Christine Harbeson, executive director. “And it helps them to gain some understanding around the work of the foundation.”

Instructions and applications are open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofits benefiting the Crawford County, Indiana community and are available on the Community Foundation’s website, www.cf-cc.org using the Grants tab and on Facebook @CFCC4Ever.

The CCYPC is comprised of Crawford County High School seniors.  The CCYPC is a responsive grant making program designed to empower the youth of Crawford County to review, score, and recommend grant proposals that will provide a meaningful impact to the community.  The CCYPC makes their recommendations for funding directly to the CFCC Board of Directors. The YPC works with the Community Foundation of Crawford County to learn about servant leadership, volunteerism, the important role philanthropy plays in our community, and assisting in the ultimate goal of making generosity last forever.

For more information on the Community Foundation of Crawford County or the CCYPC, call the Community Foundation of Crawford County at (812) 365-2900 or visit www.cf-cc.org. Follow them on Facebook to see short videos, photos and announcement @CFCC4ever.

If you are interested in establishing a fund, helping this fund, or making a donation please contact Christine Harbeson, executive director at charbeson@cf-cc.org. 

The CFCC was founded in April 1998 by a volunteer Board of Directors that represented a variety of interests from Crawford County. To date, the CFCC has awarded over $8 million in grants for programs/projects supporting Crawford County children and youth, education, housing, health and human services, the environment, technology advancements, literacy and the arts, and has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships benefiting Crawford County students, as well as administrating the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship with accumulated values of more than $2,500,000. The CFCC currently manages more than 100 charitable funds on behalf of families, individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. The CFCC is always interested in assisting residents with their philanthropic goals.

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