By Sophie Pappas
Zionsville Tri Kappa community grant applications are now being accepted, and the deadline is Oct. 31. Current in Zionsville sat down with Zionsville Tri Kappa president Jane Crawford Janeira to learn more about why the group offers grants.
Q: What is Tri Kappa and why is it an important organization?
A: Tri Kappa is a women’s philanthropic organization, existing only within the boundaries of Indiana, with the main purpose to give back to community. Tri Kappa specifically promotes charity, culture and education. The organization has chapters in cities and towns across the state with members supporting large projects such as Riley Children’s Hospital, our Rose-Hulman Art collection and statewide scholarships for Indiana students. Each local chapter has the opportunity to also support charity, culture education in their own communities through their own fundraising projects. Each of the 146 active chapters in the state, including Zionsville’s chapter, conducts fundraising projects throughout the year. The Zeta Sigma, Zionsville, Chapter has chosen to fulfill grants each year through an application process. We like this because it allows us to be responsive to the times and needs of our grantees in the community.
For example, many years back we funded the visit of one of a Gloria Estefan’s drummers for an enrichment music program in the schools. More recently, we’ve provided funds to the Lunch Angels Program for our local schools. Other grantees include teachers, portions of school trips and local nonprofits. We love being able to give back to our community and we love knowing that we can play a part in our community’s success.
Q: Why does Tri Kappa offer community grants?
A: We hope that we can help provide some support and sometimes even fully fund programs that provide important support and enrichments to people in our community.
Q: Who can apply for a Tri Kappa grant?
A: Appropriate applicants are Boone County nonprofits, schools and teachers that have a particular project promoting one or all of the following Tri Kappa ideals: charity, culture, or education.
Q: What do you want the public to know about Tri Kappa?
A: We’d like the public to know that all of the work we do in our community is to support and raise money for our community. Please help support us by buying Butter Braids, attending Santa Breakfast and attending our spring fundraiser called Sip, Savor & See. We are proud members of this community and your support allows us to provide grants in our community.
For more information visit www.zionsvilletrikappa.org.The minimum award amount is $200. Tri Kappa generally grants about $5,000 to $7,500 in total grant allocations.