Grants provide important funding sources that have allowed Sycamore Services to grow and have a positive impact on thousands of individuals in central and southern Indiana. Following are just a few of the grants that have allowed us to offer new services and experiences to deserving individuals:
Lilly Endowment granted Sycamore Services $7.5 million in 2017 to be used for strategic projects to improve effectiveness and efficiencies and to establish the organization’s first ever endowment fund. A small portion of the funds went toward staff recruitment and retention efforts, as well as a new e-learning curriculum for staff training. Technology upgrades, including hardware and software updates and electronic monitoring capabilities, were also implemented thanks to the grant. A public relations and fund development program was also made possible by the Lilly Endowment grant. $7.2 million of the Lilly grant was placed in an endowment fund where a portion of future proceeds will help fund other strategic projects, facilities and technology to ensure the viability of Sycamore Services for decades to come. Sycamore Services is incredibly grateful to Lilly Endowment for this grant and the opportunities it presents that allow us to better serve individuals with special needs.
In conjunction with Hendricks County Senior Services, Sycamore Services created the LINK project. LINK Hendricks County was partially funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation. The grant assisted in the purchase of passenger vans that are available to help meet transportation needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. Each year, tens of thousands of riders use Link to keep medical appointments, or to get to-and-from their jobs, among other places.
Our transportation system also includes services in Morgan County. Sycamore Services, in collaboration with Coordinated Aging Services of Morgan County, provides rides to Morgan County seniors or persons with disabilities to help them meet their medical and employment needs through CONNECT Morgan County.
A grant from the Indiana Housing Finance Authority provided funding that allowed Sycamore Services to convert an existing building into apartments. Sycamore used the grant to convert the original building at 405 Lincoln Street in Danville, into a 5-unit apartment complex designated for seniors and persons with disabilities.
The apartment construction and the Link transportation project were developed with Hendricks County residents in mind. The population of the county has been steadily growing over the last two decades, though options for seniors and people with disabilities have remained the same. We seek grants that will provide benefits to residents of the county, not just those enrolled in a Sycamore program.
A grant from the Hendricks County Community Foundation has made possible a much-needed upgrade to the Sycamore Services website. This new site went live in autumn, 2018, creating a community space for consumers and Sycamore staff members to celebrate successes and share resource information.