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About the Jack Hopkins Committee


Started by, and named after, former Councilmember Jack Hopkins, this funding program began in 1993. Since its inception, the Bloomington Common Council and Mayor have provided approximately $5.5 million to social services agencies for projects that have made a difference in the lives of City residents in need. The Committee is composed of four members of the Common Council and three City residents with experience in social services. 

The 2022 Committee:

  • Councilmember Susan Sandberg (Chair)
  • Councilmember Sue Sgambelluri
  • Councilmember Jim Sims
  • Councilmember Ron Smith
  • Resident Mark Fraley
  • Resident Tim Mayer
  • Resident Lauren McCalister


The Jack Hopkins Social Services Grant Program 2022 Application Period Is Now Closed

The City of Bloomington Common Council’s Jack Hopkins Social Services Committee invited social service agencies serving the needs of City of Bloomington residents to apply for 2022 grant funding. This year, the Committee had $317,000 to distribute, along with past unused funding. The Committee prioritizes projects and programs where investments now will have positive, long-term effects such as alleviating the effects of poverty, reducing susceptibility to disease, decreasing absences from school, reducing lost time from work, etc.


Timeline for the 2022 Jack Hopkins Funding Cycle (important dates for agencies in bold):


MARCH 22nd - Technical Assistance Meeting for Applicants (Tuesday, 4:00pm) - Zoom link;  Showers City Hall, Allison Conference Room (Suite 115) - Meeting recording available upon request - email

APRIL 1st - APPLICATIONS DUE (Friday, must be received no later than 4:00 pm)

APRIL 19th - Committee Application Review Meeting (Tuesday, 6:00pm) - Zoom link; Showers City Hall, Allison Conference Room (Suite 225)

APRIL 28th - Agency Presentations (Thursday, 5:30pm) - Zoom link; Showers City Hall, Council Chambers (Suite 115)

MAY 10th - Committee Pre-Allocation Meeting (Tuesday, 6:00pm)  - Zoom link; Showers City Hall, Allison Conference Room (Suite 225)

MAY 17th - Committee Allocation Hearing (Tuesday, 6:00pm) - Zoom link; Showers City Hall, Allison Conference Room (Suite 225)

MAY 26th - Committee Debriefing Meeting (Thursday, 6:00pm) - Zoom link; Showers City Hall, Allison Conference Room (Suite 225)

EARLY JUNE - Agencies Sign Funding Agreements

JUNE 15th - Council Action on Committee Recommendations (Wednesday, 6:30pm) - Zoom link; Council Chambers

JUNE 21st - HAND Technical Assistance for Grantees (Tuesday, 9:00am) - Zoom link; McCloskey Conference Room (Suite 135)


The program should address a previously-identified priority for social services funds (as indicated in the Service Community Assessment of Needs (SCAN), the City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department's Consolidated Plan, or other community-wide survey of social service needs).

This investment in the program should lead to broad and long lasting benefits to the community. In the words of Jack Hopkins, “Priority should be given to projects or programs where investments now will have a positive, long-term spillover effect."



The Common Council prioritizes programs that provide food, housing, healthcare, or other services to city residents who are of low or moderate income, under 18 years old, elderly, affected with a disability or are otherwise disadvantaged.

  1. City Residency - Programs must primarily serve City residents.  Individual programs have occasionally been located outside of the City but, in that case, funds have never been used for capital projects (e.g. construction, renovation, or improvement of buildings).

  2. Low Income - Programs primarily serving low-income populations are given a high priority.

  3. Emergency Services – Programs primarily providing emergency services (e.g. food, housing, and medical services) are given a high priority.



The Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Program seeks to encourage innovation and address changing community needs.  Further, the Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Program recognizes that, in the current economic climate, operational funding may be essential to a non-profit organization's continued provision of services. The Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Program will consider requests for both one-time investments and operational expenses.


One-Time Investment


Applications requesting funds for projects that address changing circumstances in the community are encouraged.  Requests should provide a one-time investment that, through matching funds or other fiscal leveraging, make a significant contribution to the project. EXAMPLES – capital improvements.    


Operational Expenses


Applications requesting operational expenses will also be considered.  These expenses are recurring rather than non-recurring.  EXAMPLES -  personnel,* rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies, client services, and other ongoing budget items.  Agencies seeking funding for operational expenses should be aware that future funding may be unavailable or inadequate to cover the same expense in subsequent years, and therefore should not rely on Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding for their operational expenses from year to year.  Any request for operational funding should be accompanied by a well-developed plan for future funding.

* Paid Time Off and Bonuses - Paid time off and bonuses shall not be considered eligible for Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding.


NOTE:  Over time, the Committee has worked to further refine each criterion with more particularity.  This refinement is captured in the Committee's Elaboration of Criteria (linked below).  Agencies should consult this document in preparing their applications.


Questions?  Contact Council staff at





Reports and Funding Recommendations




Application Summaries and Original Submissions 2005-2022:


2022 Application & Summaries

2021 Application & Summaries

2020 Recover Forward Applications

2020 Application & Summaries

2019 Application & Summaries -Revised

2018 Application & Summaries

2017 Application & Summaries

2016 Application & Summaries

2015 Application & Summaries

2014 Application & Summaries

2013 Application & Summaries

2012 Application & Summaries

2011 Application & Summaries

2010 Application & Summaries

2009 Application & Summaries

2008 Application & Summaries

2007 Application & Summaries

2006 Application & Summaries

2005 Application & Summaries


Other Forms:

Affirmative Action Plan - 2021

Workforce Breakdown Form

E-verify Affidavit

W9 Vendor Forms

Sample Invoice

Claim Schedule - 2022

Grantee Technical Assistance Summary - 2020


Mark Fraley

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Tim Mayer

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Lauren McCalister

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Susan Sandberg

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Sue Sgambelluri

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Jim Sims

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Ron Smith

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