$500K in awards to social services nonprofits recommended by Bloomington committee

On Tuesday evening, members of a committee made up of Bloomington citizens and city councilmembers settled on preliminary awards of $511,000 to 32 different nonprofit organizations.

These are the top 10 agencies recommended to receive Jack Hopkins social services funding in 2021, sorted by award. A complete chart, with project descriptions is included below.

The $511,000 had to be stretched across $546,793 in requests, which had been ratcheted down from the total of $648,197 from 35 organizations.

The $648,197 is in line with the average over the last three years, which has been about $690,000.

Historically, the $5 million in grants that have been made since were made based on $10 million in requests.

The top 10 nonprofits by their recommended allocations were: Hoosier Hills Food Bank ($35,000); New Hope for Families ($35,000); St. Vincent DePaul ($30,000); Tandem Community Birth Center and Postpartum House ($30,000); LIFEDesigns Inc. ($28,676); Community Justice and Mediation Center ($27,424); Beacon Inc. (Shalom Center) ($25,000); Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington ($24,000); My Sister’s Closet of Monroe County ($22,400); and Monroe County United Ministries ($22,000).

Only the 32 groups that were invited a week and a half ago to present their project proposals to the Jack Hopkins social services funding committee were recommended for awards on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s preliminary allocations will be followed by an allocation hearing on May 18, and city council approval of the awards on June 16. Continue reading “$500K in awards to social services nonprofits recommended by Bloomington committee”

Applicants for $500K in social services funding from Bloomington make pitches to committee

On Thursday evening, Sam Ujdak, who’s the grants manager for Middle Way House, described a truck the nonprofit is hoping to replace: “Our current truck is a 1996 Chevy S-10 with an indeterminate amount of miles. Significant parts of the dashboard are broken.”

Ujdak continued, “I’ve driven the truck several times over the last couple of years with a significant payload. And it is terrifying. And it’s a pretty liberal use of the word ‘truck’.”

Middle Way House helps find permanent housing solutions to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

The nonprofit was one of 32 local organizations that on Thursday presented their pitches for project funding  from the Jack Hopkins social services funding committee. It’s a city council and citizen committee that will be awarding about a half million dollars in funding this year.

The committee will be making decisions on this year’s grants in mid-May.

The annual grants from the city to local nonprofits have added up to more than $5 million since 1993.

This year, the amount available to the committee to award is $511,000. That’s $200,000 more than has been awarded over the last few years.

The extra funding was allocated as part of the 2021 budget, in the second phase of Bloomington mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative, which is meant to help Bloomington bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

That follows an additional $200,000 that was allocated for Jack Hopkins funding last year, after the usual cycle of awards was complete. Continue reading “Applicants for $500K in social services funding from Bloomington make pitches to committee”

Historical total for Bloomington’s Jack Hopkins social services funding nudges past $5M

A second round of Jack Hopkins social services funding this year has pushed the historical amount of awards to $5,006,856. The program started in 1993.

On Monday night, the Bloomington city council’s Jack Hopkins committee made recommendations for awards to 25 different local social services nonprofits totaling $224,905. A total of $591,599 had been requested by the applicants.

The five largest awards are recommended to go to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard ($19,100), Shalom Community Center, Inc. [Beacon] ($17,500), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana ($15,000), Bloomington St. Vincent de Paul ($15,000), and New Hope Family Shelter, Inc. ($14,020).

The city council will have the awards on its Nov. 18 meeting agenda for final approval.

An additional $200,000 in funding for Jack Hopkins social services this year was a part of the $2-million Recover Forward package proposed by Bloomington mayor John Hamilton’s administration and approved by the city council at a mid-August meeting.

The extra funding is meant to shore up nonprofits for the additional work they are doing this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continue reading “Historical total for Bloomington’s Jack Hopkins social services funding nudges past $5M”

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

Jack Hopkins Percent Funded

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”