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Sophia Travis Community Service Grants

2021 Grant Year

Sophia Travis Community Service Grant Applications

Award Recipient List

All applicants are requested to give a three-minute presentation in support of their organization and the grant request. This meeting, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 beginning at 6:00 pm in the Nat U Hill Meeting Room located at 100 W. Kirkwood Avenue - Courthouse - Third Floor, is an opportunity for applicants to communicate with the public regarding their organization.

The order of proposed grant project presentations will be determined by a blind draw on July 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified by email regarding their presentation time on or before July 16, 2021.

The Grant Committee will submit a list to the Monroe County Council for approval on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm in the Nat U Hill Meeting Room - Courthouse - Third Floor. This meeting is open to the public.

Grants Program History

In 2008, The Monroe County Council established a fund from which to make grants to support various community projects. Resolution 2008-51 is the original resolution setting out the purposes and intent of this fund.

On September 10, 2013, the Monroe County Council adopted Resolution 2013-15, which renames the community service grant program "The Sophia Travis Community Service Grants Program." Councilwoman Travis, who served on the Council from 2004-2008, in consultation with numerous leaders and citizens of Monroe County, wrote and sponsored the resolution creating this program in 2008. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of all Monroe County residents.

On June 14, 2016, the Monroe County Council adopted Resolution 2016-23 which amends the areas of focus to include two new areas. The first addition is "nutrition" in Section 1A, so it will now read "Food, Nutrition, Security, Shelter and Health." The second area is referenced with the addition of subsection "1H. Youth Enrichment Opportunities." With this resolution the Council wishes to encourage the development of programs that will help a broader range of needs in Monroe County.

Areas for Support:

  • Climate Change
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Emergency Shortages
  • Excellence in Government
  • First Responders
  • Health, Food, Nutrition, Security, and Shelter
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Veterans Assistance
  • Youth Enrichment Opportunities

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Programs must primarily serve Monroe County Residents
  • Whether the dollar amount sought will likely accomplish the stated goal of the proposal
  • Whether the funds sought will leverage additional funds or assistance
  • Support for basic operational expenses will be considered, but not given highest priority
  • Support for salaries will be considered, but will not be given the highest priority

The Sophia Travis Community Service Grants Review Committee is composed of five members. Three are representatives from the County Council. Two citizen members are public appointments.

Grants Committee Members:

Name Title E-Mail
Jean Capler Community Member
Joshua Johnson Community Member
Trent Deckard County Council
Cheryl Munson County Council
Jennifer Crossley County Council

Grants Distribution History:

To review the Monroe County Council total distribution of Sophia Travis Community Service Grants Program funds for 2020 and prior, click the link below.

Past Grant Presentations:

Newcomers to the application process can visit Community Access Television Services (CATS-TV) website to view previous Grant presentations to aid in preparation.

If you have any questions or need help regarding the application process, please contact the County Council Office at 812-349-7312 or email if you have any questions.

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