Centerstone Bloomington and the University Lutheran Church will receive grants through a partnership between the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. and the Lilly Scholars Network, according to a press release from the Lilly Scholars Network on Friday. Centerstone will receive $1,950 and the University Lutheran Church will receive $2,500, according to the release.
ICI and the Lilly Scholars Network selected 20 organizations around the state to receive grants through the Lead Forward Community Grants program. The program pairs organizations with Lilly Endowment Community Scholars in local communities.
Centerstone, a non-profit mental health and addiction treatment services provider, will use its grant to fund a computer library for Kinser Flats, an apartment complex that provides housing for individuals facing homelessness along with substance use and/or mental health disorders.
“Our staff are thrilled to be able to offer this resource to our residents. Formerly homeless individuals and families will be able to utilize laptops for job searches and applications, accessing other social services in our community, and to further their education goals while building computer literacy life skills,” René Llewellyn, Grant Coordinator at Centerstone Indiana, said in the release.
The University Lutheran Church will use its grant for the Generosity Feeds Bloomington program, specifically going toward a meal packing program for children in Monroe County schools.
“This grant will enable us to expand our program to better serve Indiana youths and empower the next generation of Lilly Scholars. You can join our mission to end childhood hunger locally by registering to volunteer or donate at HoosiersAgainstHunger.org. Every dollar donated creates a nutritious meal for Hoosier children," Matthew Ross, event director for Generosity Feeds Bloomington, said in the release.
The Lilly Scholars Network will work with ICI again to offer similar grant opportunities for organizations around the state this fall, according to the release.