Youth Commission Awards Funds

MADISON COUNTY, IN - The South Madison Youth Commission has completed its annual grant cycle, and is pleased to announce grant support for five local organizations.

Receiving funding in the 2015 grant cycle are:

  • Best Buddies (PHHS)- awarded $350 for leadership conference participation
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (PHHS)- $250 to attend national conference
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (SMCF)- $900 to provide books to preschool children
  • Lapel Stony Creek Fire Department- $300 for a vacuum mattress for patient immobilization
  • Safe Families of Madison County- $600 for “It Will Be Okay” books for hosted children

Christi Kincade, adult mentor for the South Madison Youth Commission, praised Youth Commissioners diligence in selecting grant recipients, “The Youth Commissioners work hard to determine which grants are most likely to have the most long term positive impact on the community.  Then they have to decide whether to fund those proposals in full or in part.”

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. Kincade said, “Even applications which are denied inspired Youth Commissioners to volunteer for new community groups and to build service projects around supporting needs that were addressed in the grant applications.”

The South Madison Youth Commission is a community engagement initiative of the South Madison Community Foundation.  Youth Commissioners pledge to “Work for Change” in their community.  Since 2002, the South Madison Youth Commission has awarded over $54,000 in community grants, derived from community fundraisers and from earnings on its endowed fund.

You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.

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