Bloomington’s city council awards $319K in social services grants

At its meeting on Wednesday, Bloomington’s city council accepted the recommendation of its Jack Hopkins social services funding committee and approved the allocation of $318,795 in funding for requests from 24 different nonprofits.

Annotated R Bar Chart History of Jack Hopkins Funding 2020 Apps

The program has awarded almost $4.5 million dollars to local social services nonprofits since 1993. In the last few years, the amount has been around $300,000 each year.

The top award this year went to Hoosier Hills Food Bank, which received $30,000 for a COVID-19 food purchasing project. Continue reading “Bloomington’s city council awards $319K in social services grants”

Committee set to award $319K to 24 social services nonprofits, formal hearing on May 28

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At its meeting last Thursday, Bloomington’s Jack Hopkins social services funding committee settled on a total of $318,795 in funding for requests from 24 different nonprofits.

The formal hearing and announcement of the grant awards is scheduled for May 28. Continue reading “Committee set to award $319K to 24 social services nonprofits, formal hearing on May 28”

Bloomington committee makes first round of rejections for record-breaking social services funding requests, federal COVID-19 relief funds could be tapped

Annotated R Bar Chart History of Jack Hopkins Funding 2020 Apps

On Monday night, a committee made up of four city councilmembers and two Bloomington residents met to review requests for funding from 37 social services groups.

On Monday, the Jack Hopkins social services funding committee rejected seven of the applications outright, for various reasons. But a significant gap remains between the $640,493 in requests that are still being considered and the $319,000 in funding that’s available this year.

Mentioned at Monday’s meeting as a possibility for some rejected project proposals, or those that are given only partial awards, is funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money is being awarded through the existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to cities across the country.

For Bloomington, the amount being allocated by CARES through the CDBG program is $525,656, according to Doris Sims, director of the city’s housing and neighborhood development department. Continue reading “Bloomington committee makes first round of rejections for record-breaking social services funding requests, federal COVID-19 relief funds could be tapped”

Bloomington city council committee OKs start to allocation process for $311K in social services funding

In the first week of March, Bloomington area social service agencies will start receiving solicitations to apply for this year’s round of Jack Hopkins social services funding. That’s part of the schedule that the funding committee voted to adopt at its meeting last Thursday.

The $311,000 worth of funding available this year comes from the city’s general fund. That’s a $6,000 increase (about 2 percent) compared to last year. The amount gets determined each fall when the annual budget is approved.

When the fund was started in 1993, the total amount available was just $90,000. Of that, $6,363 came from raises that city council decided to turn down that year, according to Herald-Times reporting at the time. Continue reading “Bloomington city council committee OKs start to allocation process for $311K in social services funding”