LAFAYETTE, Ind. — If you run a nonprofit that aims to prevent child abuse or neglect in the Greater Lafayette area, including several nearby counties, The Bauer Family Resources Community Partners welcomes your application for grant funding.
A wide range of missions, such as food insecurity, could also garner funding.
If your nonprofit’s mission helps the general community, also take note.
The Lafayette organization announced this past week such an opportunity for eligible applicants that provide either primary or secondary prevention programs aimed at helping the community.
As defined, primary prevention programs provide support for the general public, while secondary prevention programs provide target support for individuals who are at risk of abuse or neglect of a child.
“This proposal is going to help support our community in preventing child abuse and neglect while also creating a network of organizations to work together in that effort,” said Tristen Comegys, CEO of Bauer Family Resources Community Partners.
For this year’s round of grants, Community Partners identified six types of services that are greatly needed within the Department of Child Services Fifth Region — Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
Organizations that can provide substance abuse prevention, mental health services, food insecurity, domestic violence prevention, youth enrichment programs or the development of sustainable housing solutions, are primary needs for communities.
“Those are the issues that we have found within our community, as far as like, food insecurity, if parents are struggling to feed their kids that could lead to child abuse and neglect, same as mental health, it could also lead to child abuse,” said Jackie Marshall, Bauer Family Resources Community Partners’ family and youth services director.
“One of the ways we can prevent child abuse and neglect, through methods like we’ve done in the past where we give money to organizations like Food Finders. That gave them the ability to buy more food and advertise more so that parents know that those resources.”
Within Tippecanoe County specifically, Community Partners has given grants to the Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, Food Finders and the Surf Center.
Since the pandemic, Community Partners has seen an increase in the need for support for members of the community.
“We’ve definitely seen an increase in need of our organization, but the needs of families have remained the same, they’ve just become more significant,” said Comegys.
“Families who were experiencing food insecurity, are still experiencing it but in even bigger ways. There are families who weren’t experiencing food insecurity before but now find themselves in this position because of COVID-19. So, the community needs haven’t changed, they’ve just been amplified because of the pandemic”
For organizations looking to apply for this grant, proposals are due by 9 a.m. Sept. 30. Community Partners will be distributing $150,000 in funds, and decisions will be announced by Oct. 12.
For more information organizations can email their questions to CPgrants@bauerfamilyresources.org or call them at (765) 742-4848.
Noe Padilla is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email him at Npadilla@jconline.com and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.