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Apply online for scholarships!

Students can now create user accounts and apply here for Heritage Fund scholarships for the 2015-16 scholarship season. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Brown Music Competition

Join us for a day of young musical talent on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at First Christian Church for the annual Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence and Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence. Students will compete for college and musical lesson scholarships. The deadline to apply for this scholarship has passed.  However, this event is open to the community to attend.

Annual Report
To view our 2013 Annual Report, click here.

2014 Lilly Scholars Announced
Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County has named Columbus East High School seniors Mary (Madel) Presto and Seth Frownfelter recipients of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for Bartholomew County. The program – sponsored by Lilly Endowment, managed by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) and administered locally by Heritage Fund – is in its 17th year of awarding scholarships to Indiana students to pursue four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis that lead to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private accredited college or university. Madel and Seth will receive full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of their choice and a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment. See the surprise presentation by clicking here.


African American Fund of Bartholomew County Launches

The African American Fund of Bartholomew County was established to help educate and inspire African Americans in Bartholomew County by focusing on education, leadership development, economic/career development, health awareness and arts & cultural events.  To learn more about the Fund or to donate click here.

Community Fund Grants Program 

The Community Fund Grants Program provides a flexible approach in providing funding support to not-for-profit organizations serving Bartholomew County. Organizations have four options to seek funding support. Heritage Fund will invest in local non-profit organizations that are governed by a strong and effective Board that have a proven record of success.  Detailed information regarding the restructured program as well as grant forms can be accessed in the Grant Center.






eBlast - Definition of Making a Difference

Dictionaries spread word about learning. Elementary classrooms turned a new page last week with the deliveries of fresh new Webster's Dictionaries for every third-grader in the county.


Ninth Street Park

The dilapidated house adjacent to Ninth Street Park has come down! The house which attracted unwanted and illegal activities deeply concerned parents...


2012 Annual Report

2012 ANNUAL REPORT Please for the Heritage Fund 2012 Annual Report


Women's Giving Circle Gift Cards now Available

"You're in the Circle" Gift Card Ladies, Now available, by popular demand, are Women's Giving Circle gift cards! For ladies who love their plastic, these...


Heritage Fund Reconfirmation of Compliance with U.S. Community Foundation Standards

Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County has been officially reconfirmed in compliance with Indiana Standards for Foundations...


Important Dates

Nov 21 - WGC Breakfast at Tiffany's

This dazzling event is hosted by the Womens Giving Circle of Bartholomew County. In the true spirit of Breakfast at Tiffanys, feel free to wear your best...


Grant Deadlines/Important Dates - Community Fund

2013 Deadlines/Important Dates: December 15, 2013- Letters of Intent to the Community Investment Program 2014 Deadlines/Important Dates: January 2014 -...


Latest News

2014 Fall/Winter Newsletter

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Help us build Community Fund with GIFT VI

Thanks to a recently finalized grant agreement between Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County and Lilly Endowment Inc., all...


2014 Summer Newsletter

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Lilly Endowment announces new $66 million phase of its GIFT initiative for Indiana community foundations

INDIANAPOLIS – Lilly Endowment announced today a sixth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative for Indiana community foundations....


2014 Spring Newsletter now available

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Heritage Fund Launches Welcoming Community Grant Program with a Focus on Arts, Culture & Design

Heritage Fund Launches Welcoming Community Grant Program with a Focus on Arts, Culture & Design Innovative Proposals Sought for Projects to Enhance Welcoming...


Lilly Scholarship deadline extended

Because of the threat of inclement weather on Friday, the deadline for applications for the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship has been extended. Applications...

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

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