LAPEL, IN - Through fundraising activities and earnings from their endowed funds, the South Madison Youth Commission and Lapel Community Youth Commission conduct an annual grant cycle.
They accept applications and award funds to local organizations that provide services to the residents of South Madison County. Combined, the Youth Commissions have awarded over $60,000 since 2002.
For 2014, five projects will receive Youth Commission funding. Those projects are:
- Friends for Paws- which will use a $200 grant to spay or neuter up to 20 animals.
- Imagine IF- $1000 will be used for field trips and supplies.
- Beta Club- $300 for a student organized landscaping project at Pendleton Heights High School
- Lapel High School- $1000 for educational materials and interventions for students with significant deficits in language arts or mathematics skills
- Lapel Food Pantry- $500 for purchase of food, equipment or operational expenses.
Christi Kincade, adult mentor for the South Madison Youth Commission, praised Youth Commissioners diligence in selecting grant recipients, “Watching the members discuss, analyze, and scrutinize the applications makes me realize we are in good hands for the future.
In addition to their annual grant process, Youth Commissioners strive to meet their mission to become more knowledgeable of their community and its needs, become committed to community betterment, become responsible grantmaking entities, and to introduce philanthropic principles to other youth of the community.
Youth Commissioners conduct service projects throughout the year. Examples of community service include maintaining local parks, collecting food for the food pantry, and operating the R.A.D. Reading Club at the Pendleton Community Library.
You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.