Investing in Education

South Madison Community Foundation
The South Madison Community Foundation has invested over $8 million in Adams, Fall Creek, Green, and Stony Creek Townships over the last 25 years. One area the SMC invests greatly is in the area of education and this fall, the teachers of South Madison County will again have opportunities to enhance the education experiences of their students.

Lisa Floyd has been the Executive Director of the SMCF since 2008. In nearly a decade’s time, she has overseen tremendous growth in the outreach the foundation has accomplished.

“We have gone from right at $5 million to $8.5 million in terms of assets,” she said. “We have given out over $3 million in grants and scholarships, since the beginning of the foundation itself. We award about 65-70 scholarships every year.”

During the month of August, the foundation will have applications available for the Lapel teacher mini-grants, which have been in place since 2005, as well as the student enhancement grants for all area schools for a second straight year.

Floyd says the grants, which were set up by a donor from Lapel, can be applied for from August 1 to September 1 and have been used in several different ways.

“The teacher makes the application for classroom or school wide enhancements to benefit the students,” she said. “The Lapel High School purchased a 3-D printer. The Pendleton Elementary Primary was awarded funds to purchase materials for a mosaic that was the multiplication chart. The kids were participating in making the tiles.”

Floyd says information on those grant applications are available on the foundation’s website.