CAPS has received a grant of $397,324 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support operations and program delivery to children and families in Elkhart County.

The efforts are being funded through Lilly Endowment’s initiative, Strengthening Youth Programs in Indiana. The aim of the competitive initiative is to help youth-serving organizations working throughout Indiana improve their abilities to promote the academic, physical, and social well-being of young people, ages five through 18.

The funds will help provide CAPS capacity-building support to continue driving its mission of ensuring every child lives a life free from abuse and neglect. Investing in areas like maintenance and technology helps strengthen CAPS’ operations and enhance program delivery.

“We are grateful to receive this grant from Lilly Endowment,” said CAPS CEO Rebecca Shetler Fast. “With these funds, CAPS will be able to continue investing in strong foundations that will allow us to move forward with greater mission impact.”

CAPS is one of 187 organizations receiving grants through Strengthening Youth Programs in Indiana.

“Indiana’s youth-serving organizations are crucial to the healthy development of children and youth across the state,” said Ted Maple, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for education. “The challenges these organizations have faced in meeting the needs of young people in recent years have made their work increasingly difficult. Lilly Endowment is pleased to support their efforts to strengthen programs and serve more youth more effectively.”

Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff, and location. Although the Endowment funds programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion, it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.