Heritage Fund Launches 2019 Love Where You Live Campaign to grow assets of its Community Fund and increase grant-making capacity.
The Love Where You Live campaign features a new design by local artist, Laura Latham.  Laura, daughter of Kami Adams and Joshua Latham, is a Columbus native and is currently a sophomore at Columbus North High School.  Community members who make a donation to the campaign can stop by the Heritage Fund office at 538 Franklin Street to receive a T-shirt, tote bag, and/or poster featuring the exclusive design. Limited quantities are available.
Donations can be made in person at the Heritage Fund office, 538 Franklin St, by mail to PO Box 1547, Columbus, IN 47202, or online. Thanks to the Lilly Endowment, donations to the fund will be matched $2 for every $1 donated – tripling the impact to the Community Fund (while matching funds remain).

2020 Scholarship Applications Available

All applications for HFBC scholarships are available online now. Scholarship criteria, availability and award amounts vary. Please see the Scholarship Listing under Scholarships for complete criteria information. IMPORTANT! Please review all eligibility requirements and instructions HERE before beginning an application. Click on Apply Online underneath Scholarships for our application website. Applications and all required materials must be submitted by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

AEI Youth Sports Fund

AEI is partnering with Heritage Fund to provide financial assistance for Bartholomew County youth to participate in athletic and fitness programs.

Kids’ sport can be expensive and participation can be prohibitive for those with financial need. Through this fund, AEI hopes to provide additional access to athletic and fitness activities to youth with financial barriers to participation.

See all of the upcoming events on the Columbus Community Calendar

2020 Lilly Scholarship Finalists and Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Lilly Scholars Hauser seniors Elijah Heslop and Shelby Fugate!

As Lilly Scholars, Elijah and Shelby will receive full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study at the accredited Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university of their choice.

Congratulations also to our 2020 finalists: Allana Whiteside, Mackenzie Smith, Abigail Meier and Thomas Key from Columbus East High School; Matthew Ruehman and Kathryn Riordan from Columbus North High School; Melanie Hasler from Hauser; and Noah Voelker from Trinity Lutheran High School.

And a special thank you to our selection committee members and Independent Colleges of Indiana for helping us to provide this amazing opportunity to students!

Heritage Fund Cancels December 1, 2019 Grant Cycle

Due to the large number of broad community impact grant applications from local nonprofits in 2019, Heritage Fund is canceling its December 1, 2019 Community Fund grant cycle.

Heritage Fund will still distribute over $600,000 in unrestricted grants to local organizations in 2020 that meet long term and future needs in Bartholomew County. Heritage Fund’s 2020 grant application schedule will be available to local organizations starting in January.

Please direct any questions to Kyle Hendricks, Manager of Community Impact at khendricks@heritagefundbc.

Soul of Philanthropy

In 2012, six couples in Columbus, Indiana began the African American Fund of Bartholomew County (AAFBC). As part of Heritage Fund—The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, the AAFBC sponsors discussions and issues grants in five focus areas: health awareness, education, arts and culture, economic/career development, and leadership development.

We wanted to support events and programs that help raise awareness about African-Americans and their contributions to the local community,” explained Tom Harmon, CEO of Harmon Group Companies, which includes Harmon Construction, Harmon Steel, and Taylor Bros Construction Inc.

The African American Fund of Bartholomew County celebrates the spirit of giving in “The Soul of Philanthropy,” an exhibit that focuses on efforts by the local African American community, which is also now highlighted in a new video.

About 20 individuals are honored in the physical exhibit, ranging from some of the county’s earliest African American residents to young activists of today. An accompanying electronic slideshow highlights the effort of many others.

The exhibit opened in August at The Commons. After a month long stay there, it has been on display at the Columbus Learning Center and will travel to Cummins and several schools early next year. It is also scheduled to become part of a permanent display at the Madam Walker Theater Center in Indianapolis.  Check out this wonderful video highlighting the legacy of African American philanthropy in our community. Donations can be made to this fund through the Heritage Fund.



ATTENTION:  Heritage Fund does NOT provide grants to individuals.  If you are contacted via social media, email etc. and asked to provide personal information in order to receive a “grant” or other money from “Heritage Fund” – please note that this is fraudulent use of Heritage Fund name and/or logo.  If you have questions or concerns please contact info@heritagefundbc.org.