Dec 20, 2011 2:21 PM by Lauren Wilson
Completing the third grant cycle, the New Iberia Enhancement Fund (IPEF), an Affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has been awarded a total of $2,500 to three organizations in Iberia Parish.
The Social Service Center received a grant for its Food Program. The Jacob Crouch Foundation was awarded a grant for its Suicide Prevention and Awareness program provided to all Iberia Parish Middle and High Schools. Also, the Iberia Parish Sports Complex Commission was awarded a grant to purchase a mobile watering system.
The third annual grant cycle was open to any nonprofit, church or school serving Iberia Parish.
The IPEF Board of Directors also created the Iberia Parish Oil Spill Relief Fund at CFA in response to the 2010 Oil Spill. That program made its second grant from the Fund in excess of $3,000 to Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to assist Iberia Parish Food Banks since local food banks have seen an increase in request after the oil spill disaster.
IPEF was established as an Affiliate at CFA in 2007 and is advised by a Board of Directors made up of Iberia Parish residents. The variety of grants awarded by IPEF reflects the broad mission of the Fund which focuses on enhancing the quality of life in Iberia Parish. IPEF utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of CFA while focusing attention on improving the community and growing philanthropy in Iberia Parish.
A CFA affiliate is a community Fund established for the specific charitable objectives of residents in specific geographic regions or communities. Affiliates have their own advisory board of local leaders in specific geographic regions. Each affiliate Fund provides a community the opportunity to maintain its identity and to safeguard money raised or given in that community.