Evansville: Mayor Terry Announces Forward Together Grant Fund

~ Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry has announced the launch of a new grant fund aimed at supporting eligible nonprofit organizations in the Evansville community. The Forward Together Grant Fund, totaling $500,000, will provide much-needed financial assistance to nonprofits that are working towards strengthening neighborhoods and providing pathways out of poverty for city residents.

Funded by interest on funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, the Forward Together Grant Fund will offer grants of up to $35,000 to eligible organizations. These grants can be used to support programs in a variety of categories, including affordable housing, mental health and addiction services, food assistance, job training, youth development, internet access, childcare access, resource navigation assistance, homeless services, and neighborhood revitalization.

Interested organizations can download the official application form from the City of Evansville's website. Completed applications must be submitted by September 5th, 2024 to the Special Projects Director in the Mayor's Office via email at mayor@evansville.in.gov.

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According to recent reports, the City of Evansville has received a total of $65.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds as of May 16th. While all of these funds have been allocated for various purposes, $27 million remains undistributed. This amount has earned a net interest of $2,757,420 so far and it is from these funds that Mayor Terry has created the Forward Together Grant Fund.

To be eligible for a grant from this fund, organizations must meet certain criteria. They must be based in Evansville or provide direct services to underprivileged or disadvantaged residents within the city limits. Additionally, they must be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with a Board of Directors and have been continuously registered for at least three years prior.

The Forward Together Grant Fund can be used for various expenses such as payroll and benefits costs, utilities, rent, insurance and other operating expenses. Nonprofits with any questions or inquiries about the application process can contact the Mayor's Office at 812-436-4962.

The City of Evansville has also provided associated documents, including the application form and a sample grant application, for interested organizations to review. With this new grant fund, Mayor Terry hopes to support and empower nonprofits in their efforts to improve the lives of Evansville residents.

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