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Since the inception of the Jack Hopkins Social Services funding program in 1993, the Bloomington Common Council and Mayor have provided over $3.8 million in one-time funding to social services agencies for projects that have made a difference in the lives of City residents in need. Named after former City Councilmember Jack Hopkins, the Committee is populated by five members of the City Council and two City residents with experience in social services. 

The 2018 Jack Hopkins Committee: Councilmember Allison Chopra (Chair), Citizen Jennifer Crossley, Councilmember Dorothy Granger, Citizen Tim Mayer (former long-serving Councilmember and long-serving Hopkins Committee member and Chair), Councilmember Isabel Piedmont-Smith, Councilmember Andy Ruff, and Councilmember Susan Sandberg.



ELIGIBILITY.  To be eligible for funding, a project must meet the following criteria:

  1. 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). Such priorities include funds for basic services (food, shelter or healthcare) or other services to City residents who are: low-moderate income, under 18 years old, elderly, affected with a disability or are otherwise disadvantaged; and
  2. The funds should provide a one-time investment that, through matching funds or other fiscal leveraging, make a significant contribution to the program; and
  3. This investment in the program should lead to broad and long-lasting benefits to the community.

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

View an Example of a Model Application (PDF)

History of Funding: 1993-2017 (PDF)

Questions?  Contact Council staff at 812.349.3565 or


Application Summaries and Original Submissions 2005-2017:

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