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Sophia Travis Community Services Grant

2019 Grant Year

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 Sophia Travis Community Service Award Recipients


On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Monroe County Council approved Resolution 2019-16, the recommendation from the Sophia Travis Grant Committee, to distribute the total of $120,000 to certain groups/organizations an amount from the Sophia Travis Community Services Grant Fund.


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 Services Grant 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:

  • Food, Nutrition, Security, Health, and Shelter
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Climate Change
  • Emergency Shortages
  • First Responders
  • Veterans Assistance
  • Excellence in Government
  • 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 Services Grant Review Committee is composed of five members. Three are representatives from the County Council. Two citizen members are public appointments.

2019 Selection Committee Members:

Name Title E-Mail
Frankie Presslaff Community Member
Rachel Guglielmo Community Member
Eric Spoonmore County Council
Cheryl Munson County Council
Kate Wiltz County Council

Grant Distribution History

To review the Monroe County Council total distribution of Sophia Travis Community Services Grant Funds for 2018 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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