By Special Report to the Courier

The Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County has awarded $37,400 to nonprofit organizations through the Rapid Response Grant Program. These grants, designed to address the immediate needs of nonprofit organizations serving Jefferson County, have provided care packages, personal protection equipment (PPE), rent assistance, and covered the basic needs of Jefferson County residents, to name a few

Organizations receiving grants include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Ivy Tech Community College, King’s Daughters’ Health, Lide White Memorial Boys and Girls Club, Madison Main Street Program, Safe Passage, The Salvation Army, Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Inc., Southwestern Jefferson County School Corp.

Grants for the Rapid Response Grant Program are funded by the Disaster Relief Fund at the Community Foundation. The simple online application for the Rapid Response Grant Program is currently open. Application details and link are available at Eligible nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 to address immediate needs related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants WILL NOT be made directly to individuals.

The Community Foundation understands these are challenging economic times. For those who are able, donations to the Disaster Relief Fund can be made online or by mail. When writing a check, please indicate “COVID-19” in the memo line. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 306, Madison, IN 47250. When donating online, please type “COVID-19” in the “Fund you are donating to” field. Online donations can be made at (Please refrain from using a mobile device for online donations.)

Established in 1991 by a group of local volunteers, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County fulfills the mission of building a strong, vibrant community by helping donors provide perpetual funding for the people, projects, and passions of Jefferson County.

For more information about the Community Foundation and its programs, contact Bill Barnes at 812-265-3327 or email