SMCF Annual Report

Community Investment

South Madison Community Investment

To date, we have invested $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. Today, the impact we have made together 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 2019, Bright Future Grants were awarded to support the following projects:

- Homeowner Recovery ($12,400) to help victims of Pendleton's Memorial Day tornado move forward in their efforts to restore their property to pre-tornado condition.

- Town of Pendleton and Falls Park ($10,000) to complete an Urban Forestry Recovery project to recover from devastating loss due to tornado damage.

- Friends of the Library and Friends of Falls Park ($2,640) awarded to install a Little Free Library in the remains of an old-growth tree lost in the tornado.

- Ambassadors for God's Creatures ($1,800) spay and neuter assistance, partnering with Read-n-Feed program.

-Markleville Police Department ($2,700) Body armor for all officers.

Town of Lapel Police Department ($5,734) Project Speed digital signage

Scouts BSA Troop 262  ($3,400) for a camping trailer

- All Pendleton Elementary Schools ($2,067) for after school robotics in three schools

- East Elementary School ($1,500) for a Leveled Reader Library

- Lapel Elementary School ($2,000) "Secret Stories" phonics instruction

- Lapel Elementary School ($1,500) Novel Ninja reading confidence program

Lapel Elementary School ($500) Kindness Rock Garden

- Pendleton Heights Middle School ($1,936) for Environmental data collection

- Pendleton Elementary Intermediate ($728) for a sensory room

-Pendleton Elementary Intermediate ($885) for Rhythm for Life

-Pendleton Elementary Primary ($1,303) for Tower Gardens

- Maple Ridge Elementary ($646) for "Windy 500"

- Maple Ridge Elementary ($800) for Soft Starts