HCCF launches new, major matching opportunities

Tyler Best
April 5, 2024 / 5 mins read

Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has received a matching fund grant totaling $750,000 as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII).

HCCF will use part of the funding to grow Builder’s Funds, endowment funds that are not designated for a specific purpose but utilized for the most pressing community needs of the future as they arise. The Foundation will offer a 3:1 match for Builders Funds, whether new or existing. This includes a 2:1 match from Lilly Endowment Inc. and a 1:1 match from HCCF. For more information about this opportunity, log onto hccfindiana.org/buildersfunds.

The Foundation will use another portion of the matching grant funding to support participating Harrison County nonprofit organizations working in substance abuse recovery and treatment, including the Genesis House, Freed From Within, and House of New Beginnings. These nonprofits will be offered a 1:1 match from Lilly Endowment Inc. In addition, this matching grant funding will support Harrison County Community Services (HCCS), an organization providing basic needs to Harrison County residents, including those affected by substance abuse. HCCS will be offered a 2:1 match for giving to their endowment fund with a 1:1 match from Lilly Endowment Inc. and another 1:1 from HCCF. Substance Abuse and Basic Needs were identified as top ten priorities in the recent Vision Project 2024 survey and community leadership results. For more information about this opportunity, log onto hccfindiana.org/match.

“Both of these opportunities share a common goal: the funds raised will enable HCCF and our partner nonprofits to sustainably impact Harrison County for years to come," stated Julie Moorman, President & CEO of HCCF. “We can’t thank Lilly Endowment Inc. enough for this opportunity and look forward to seeing the positive impact raised funds will bring.”

Through GIFT VIII, Lilly Endowment has awarded matching fund grants totaling $133.8 million to community foundations serving all 92 of Indiana’s counties. Eligible community foundations submitted proposals requesting grants ranging from $100,000 to $15,000,000 based on the population of the counties they serve. In 2023, Lilly Endowment launched GIFT VIII to help community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties they serve. Matching fund grants are one several funding opportunities designed to help community foundations promote long-term viability; further strengthen their abilities to lead; encourage board engagement; and support and develop strategic efforts to enhance quality of life in their communities.