Community Investment

South Madison Community Investment

To date, we have invested $3.5 million in grants to benefit South Madison County.

Beginning in 1993, the South Madison Community Foundation began investing in the people and places of South Madison County. 25 years later, the impact can be seen throughout our communities.

Grant funds have:

— created, expanded, and enhanced space for public recreation in all four townships
— helped generations of learners through early literacy, library support, grants to teachers and mentors, and over a million dollars in scholarship assistance
— provided support for valued agencies such as fire and police departments, churches, and recreation leagues
— funded causes specified by donors as well as the changing needs of our ever-evolving communities


In the first quarter of 2018, Community Enhancement Grants were awarded to support the following projects:

- Aspire Indiana ($2325) for expansion of KidsTalk child abuse prevention programming to schools in Lapel.

- Pendleton Community Public Library ($7000) to install a community kitchen and implemented nutrition-related programming in the library's community room.

- Town of Ingalls ($2800) awarded to install ADA compliant parking spaces at Interurban Park.

- Falls Park and PHHS Beta Club ($500) a challenge grant to support the creation of a dog park in Falls Park as a high school capstone project.

-First United Methodist Church/Friendly Flock Preschool ($5000) a challenge grant to support safe, age appropriate playground updates.

In October, 2018, Community Enhancement Grants were awarded to:

- Friends of the Pendleton Community Public Library ($2230) for Reading Friends to develop a cadre of reading mentors matched with elementary students.

- Lapel Community Association ($5000) dollar for dollar matching grant to purchase and install new signage in downtown Lapel.

- Pendleton Log Cabin Project ($7500) restoration of a flood-threatened log cabin, relocating to Falls Park.

- More Than Conquerors ($2000) Van wrap to for donated vehicle

- Pendleton Christian Church Preschool ($5313) for a new classroom

- Pendleton YMCA ($3500) for Enhance Fitness classes for 55 and older.

Concurrent Student Enhancement Grants were awarded to:
- East Elementary and Maple Ridge- ($4040- partial funding from Wynant Fund and Charlie's Fund for Children) for after school counseling groups
- Lapel Elementary- ($2500) for playground stencils and volunteer installation effort
- Lapel Elementary- ($700) for Reading Ninja program
- Lapel Middle School- ($2780) for a shared projection system
- Pendleton Elementary Intermediate- ($2500) cameras for a new photography club
- Pendleton Heights High School- ($4950) two new robotics teams
- Pendleton Heights High School- ($592) spectrum carousel for science instruction
- Pendleton Heights High School WEEM- ($4644- partial funding from Ray of Light Fund) for video production equipment and studio

In collaboration with Charlie's Fund for Children, Outfitters was awarded a $10,000 grant for the purchase of new athletic shoes.

In collaboration with Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County, Youth Commission grants were made to:

- More Than Conquerors ($750)- Camp Victorious 2018

- Team Roboto #447 ($500)- 2018 Competition 

- Pendleton Community Public Library ($250)- Community Kitchen and nutrition programming