Free Trees, Scholarships and More!

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Free Street Trees!

Trees Fulfill a Need in Our Community

The Foundation’s Community Needs Assessment identified a wide range of areas that our community needs to address. One need that stood out was our region’s poor air quality. To make an impact in this area, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has made a grant from our Community Impact Fund to support  and compliment the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Zone “Tree Walk” project. The Tree Walk project aims to plant nearly 110 new trees along a designated walking route east of Downtown. These trees will grow up to play an important role in our community. In addition to beautifying spaces, they will create more shade along heavily traveled streets, improve our air quality, and help with drainage.

The City is using the grant money from the Community Foundation to further increase the City’s tree canopy, by providing free trees to residents in the neighborhood around the Tree Walk. The free trees are required to be planted along the street so that they also grow up to provide shade along the streets and sidewalks leading into Downtown Jeffersonville. The City is distributing trees to property owners in an area bounded by Spring Street, 10th Street, French/Graham St. and the Ohio River.

A limited number of trees are available, one per property, on a first come, first serve basis and applications must be received by February 21, 2017. We hope you’ll take advantage of this great opportunity to create an impact in our community. 

For more information about this exciting program, please visit this website.

2017 Lilly Scholars Announced!

Four graduating seniors in Clark and Floyd counties are receive the generous, well-earned gift of four-year scholarships as the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Applications from each county were reviewed and scored by an independent committee of civic volunteers who assessed applicants anonymously from a county other than the one in which the committee members lived.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

Clark County

    – Elizabeth Bishop, Jeffersonville High School         

    – Catianne Troncin, Rock Creek Community Academy


Floyd County

    – Juston Betz, Our Lady of Providence High School        

    – Kayla Taff, Floyd Central High School
If you’re interested in learning more, visit our website here. 

YPC Accepting Grant Applications  

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 27

Nonprofits with programs and projects that benefit youth in Clark and Floyd counties can  apply for funding through the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council Grants Program beginning January 1, 2017.

Each year, the Youth Philanthropy Council, a program of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, accepts grant applications from nonprofits in Clark and Floyd counties. Nonprofits can apply for up to $1,000. The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m., January 27, 2017.

The Youth Philanthropy Council is comprised of high school students from a variety of schools in Clark and Floyd counties and is designed to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities and make philanthropy a habit for future generations. The youth work with adult volunteers and learn about servant leadership, volunteerism, and the important role philanthropy plays in our community. The youth are also in charge of a grant cycle each spring in which they review nonprofit grant applications and make award decisions.

Click here or more information about how to apply for YPC Grants.

Scholarship Applications Now Open

Chance to apply ends at end of January

High school students throughout Clark and Floyd counties have the opportunity to apply to receive generous, well-earned scholarships through the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.
The Foundation’s scholarship program consists of over 70 scholarship funds established by donors desiring to assist students in Southern Indiana. Because of the generosity of these donors, nearly 100 scholarships are awarded to area seniors – helping them pursue their education goals.
Students interested in learning more are invited to visit the scholarship section of Foundation’s website here. Completed applications will be due to the Community Foundation by noon on January 31, 2017.

Contact Us


(812) 948-4662

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana was founded in 1991 as the region’s partner, resource and steward in philanthropy. The Foundation manages $106 million in charitable assets and administers over 240 individual funds – each of which supports the unique charitable intent of the donor who established the fund. Annually, the Foundation awards millions in grants and scholarships to support our community and is a National Standards certified community foundation.

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has many tools to help you with your personal philanthropy. If you would like more information about any of our personal philanthropy programs, or if you need information on grants and scholarships, please give us a call or visit our website.