Heritage Fund
The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
Areas of Initiative


It is the intent of the Heritage Fund Board of Directors to use the Foundation’s resources, in the broadest sense, to enhance the quality of life in our community by focusing on the areas of initiative, as adopted at the November 2012 Board of Directors meeting.

Heritage Fund Area of Initiative

Learning Systems

Working with all educational partners, support efforts to create seamless learning system pathways in Bartholomew County and across the region that ensure access for all residents, offer programs aligned with workforce requirements and promote degree attainment.

• Support collaborative efforts among post-secondary institutions led  by the Community Education Coalition
• Promote efforts to provide pre-K access and options for all 4 year  olds
• Support work of EcO15 in the region by working with other community  foundations and community groups
• Encourage educational innovation at all levels and within both public and private institutions
• Align Heritage Fund scholarship program with community learning      objectives

Heritage Fund Area of Initiative

Welcoming Community

Provide the leadership focus to promote, educate and nurture efforts to engage all people in the community and an appreciation of the richness that diversity brings to the community.

• Encourage initiatives in the community that seek to include all  members of the community
• Promote understanding of and respect for differences
• Build social capital by bringing people together of different cultures,  abilities, socio-economic levels, ages and lifestyles for a common  purpose.

Heritage Fund Area of Initiative

Economic Growth

Facilitate efforts to advance economic growth in Bartholomew County, with special efforts focused on downtown vitality, community pride and continuing the unique quality of life enjoyed by residents.

Working with partners such as the Economic Development Board,  Columbus and Hope Area chambers of commerce, Columbus Area  Economic Growth Council, City and County Governments and other  groups where appropriate
• Support arts and cultural efforts that add vibrancy to the community
• Encourage efforts to enliven downtown areas (Columbus and Hope)

Heritage Fund Area of Initiative

Bridging the Economic Gap

Build bridges to ensure that all people, regardless of economic backgrounds, can participate in community life. Promote access to programs that encourage self-sufficiency, strong and proud neighborhoods and other efforts to help those in our community who need a hand up.

• Working with not for profit organizations to encourage outreach  efforts that enable people to attain independence and self sufficiency
• Support not for profit sustainability and capacity building
• Encourage programs and initiatives that bring together people of  various socio-economic status to build strong and proud neighborhoods


Important Dates

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 -...


Welcoming Community II - Upcoming Programs

In May Heritage Fund awarded grants to support thirteen projects designed to help increase the Welcoming Factor within our community. The special grants...


Latest News

2014 Spring Newsletter now available

Read it here!


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...


2013 SUMMER Newsletter

2013 Summer Newsletter from the Heritage Fund is now available.


Catalytic Grant - People Trail Expansion

Heritage Fund is delighted to announce that it has provided $100,000 to the Columbus Park Foundation to support the People Trail Expansion Project. A grant...


Welcoming Community Grant Programs - Dates

In May Heritage Fund awarded grants to support thirteen projects designed to help increase the Welcoming Factor within our community. The special grants...


Lilly Endowment Awards Major Grant to Heritage Fund and CEC



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