The Glick Fund has awarded $25,000 to the Growing Opportunities project of the South Central Community Action Program.
These funds will support the purchase of materials for a second greenhouse for Growing Opportunities, which will expand its capacity to provide job training opportunities to low-income people. Participants will receive agricultural training useful for seeking employment in the growing local foods movement, as well as training in soft skills important to success in any job.
Produce from the greenhouse will be sold to local restaurants, grocers and the public. Revenue from the produce sales will be reinvested into the program. Based on financial projections, Growing Opportunities anticipates becoming financially self-supporting once it is operating three greenhouses.
Its first 2,880-square foot greenhouse is currently under construction on land owned by Indiana University at Stone Belt in Bloomington. Growing Opportunities plans to build its second and third greenhouses on land owned by Monroe County government at the vacant former site of Thomson Consumer Electronics/RCA plant.
“We greatly appreciate this grant from the Glick Fund, which will be crucial in moving Growing Opportunities toward the point that it will be able to help people with disabilities and other local people in poverty improve their lives year after year without ongoing government or charitable support,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said.
The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). It was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of causes. The Glick Fund also strives to align with CICF’s three broader community leadership initiatives of: Family Success & Making Connections; Inspiring Places; and College Readiness & Success – initiatives aimed at making central Indiana one of the best places in the nation to live, work and raise a family.
To date, the Glick Fund has awarded over $55 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations. Recent grant recipients include the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, the Glick Center for Glass at Ball State University, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Providence Cristo Rey High School and United Way of Central Indiana, among many other organizations.
CICF is a $700+ million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to seize opportunities and address community needs.
In addition to the Glick Fund, Growing Opportunities has received grants from The City of Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Old National Bank Foundation and Perry Township.