Lafayette Urban Ministry receives large grant from The Community Foundation

Lafayette Urban Ministry is the recipient of the biggest grant of $34,900. The facility is investing its grant into a solar panel roof.

Posted: Sep 19, 2018 6:17 PM

Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette awarded $125,000 to seven organizations.

The grants ranged from over $6,000 to almost $35,000. Lafayette Urban Ministry is the recipient of the biggest grant of $34,900.

The facility is investing its grant into a solar panel roof. Executive Director of LUM Joe Micon said the solar panels will save the organization thousands of dollars each year. That money will be put back into the children and families LUM serves.

“It's going to allow us to keep the fees in our after school program at their current rate for the next two years and that's a significant things for the families and the children that we're serving,” said Micon.

Micon said installing the solar panels will save the organization $4,500 annually, which is a significant amount for an organization that heavily relies on the generosity of the community. He said the grant funding the solar panel roofing is a continuous gift.

“Although the grant is coming now, to pay for a new roof. It really is a grant that will continue to give for decades to come,” said Micon.

The new roof will go up in two weeks.The solar panels are expected to be added by the end of this year.

Other Community Foundation grant recipients included Bauer Family Resources received $30,000, Wabash Center received $16,429, Robert and Ellen Haan Museum of Indiana Art  received $14,927, Right Steps Child Development Centers  received $11,968, Willowstone Family Services received $10,530 and Big Brothers Big Sisters received $6,246.

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