IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel announced today that Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved a $10 million grant to the IU Foundation to fund the center. The grant, $2.5 million of which is subject to matching conditions, will help the center support regionally based initiatives to address community-identified opportunities and needs in 11 neighboring counties.
“The Center for Rural Engagement reflects IU Bloomington’s commitment to working side by side with our neighbors and friends in the state to address the issues that matter most to their communities,” Robel said. “We are grateful to Lilly Endowment for its support of our collaborative vision and to the many community partners who have already helped shape the center’s early initiatives. We look forward to the many opportunities ahead for our faculty, staff and students to strengthen these partnerships, forge new ones and promote IU as a force for good in the lives of our fellow Hoosiers.”
More information about the Center for Rural Engagement is available online.