Common Council Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Committee is accepting applications for 2022 funding

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Common Council’s Jack Hopkins Social Services Committee invites social services agencies serving the needs of City of Bloomington residents to apply for 2022 grant funding.  This year, the Committee has $317,000 to distribute. Applications are available on the Committee’s webpage

Applications are due by Friday, April 1, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Interested applicants should further consult the Committee’s funding criteria as outlined on the Committee’s webpage.

Named in honor of former Council member Jack Hopkins who helped establish the program in 1993, the program is dedicated to funding projects that improve the lives of the City’s most vulnerable residents. Vulnerable residents include those who are low-to-moderate income, under 18 years of age, elderly, people with a disability, or otherwise disadvantaged. Since the program’s inception, the City has allocated over $5 million to local social service agencies.

The Committee is composed of four members of the Bloomington Common Council and three City residents with experience in social services. Councilmembers serving are Susan Sandberg (Chair), Sue Sgambelluri, Jim Sims, and Ron Smith. The citizen appointments are Tim Mayer, Mark Fraley, and Lauren McCalister.

Committee Chair Susan Sandberg advises that “[t]he Committee thoroughly considers each application for the probability of success and maximum impact so that tax dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.”

All meetings of the Jack Hopkins Social Services Committee are open to the public. Please consult the Committee’s webpage for information on upcoming meetings.