Awards Additional $522,231 to Non-profit Organizations Serving Morgan County Residents

The Kendrick Foundation is pleased to announce its 2023-24 competitive grantees. Following a competitive application process, the foundation awarded $522,231 to eight non-profit organizations to address its priority areas of mental health, substance use disorder (SUD), and physical activity and nutrition. 

“These priorities are in alignment with the top health needs identified in the most recent Franciscan Health Morgan County Community Health Needs Assessment Report and the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and are informed by other quantitative and qualitative data,” said Amanda Walter, M.D., Kendrick Foundation President. 

As part of the 2023-24 competitive grant cycle, the Kendrick Foundation is partnering with the following non-profit organizations to address the top health needs of Morgan County residents through implementation of evidence-informed strategies and focus on social determinants of health:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County – $96,410 to offer youth healthy lifestyles programming 240 days per year focused on physical activity, nutrition, and mental health in partnership with Adult & Child Health
  • Catholic Charities Indianapolis – $90,000 to support additional mental health specialists and case management services at IU Health Morgan and WellSpring
  • Churches in Mission – $26,100 to connect clients with coaching, classes, resources, budgeting tools, and more on their pathway toward a stable and successful life
  • Desert Rose Foundation – $80,000 to provide crisis intervention and therapeutic counseling services to survivors of domestic abuse and their children
  • Morgan County Substance Abuse Council – $60,000 to provide free evidence-based prevention and education programs to everyone in Morgan County in the areas of SUD, human trafficking, suicide prevention, and mental wellness
  • Peace Restored – $40,000 to identify and hire a mental health clinician(s) with SUD training who will serve women who have experienced abuse, trauma, and grief whether past or present
  • WellSpring – $29,721 to help address homelessness and poverty in Morgan County
  • Youth First – $100,000 to provide licensed, master’s-level mental health professionals and prevention programming accessible free-of-charge to over 3,900 students at two schools in the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville and two schools in the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation 


“Our grantees are addressing the top health needs in Morgan County by implementing strategies as outlined in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps What Works for Health and other evidence-based resources,” said Keylee Wright, M.A., Kendrick Foundation Executive Director. “In targeting social determinants of health, they are also working to support conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.”