Lilly Comprehensive Grant Recipient
Lilly Comprehensive Grant Recipient
Kristie Sweeney
Friday, October 06, 2017



Contact:           Dr. Kristie Sweeney                                                     For Immediate Release

                        317-423-0204                                     (Date) October 4, 2017


            SENSE Charter School has received a grant of $99,870 from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of the Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students.

SENSE Charter School is one of 52 public school corporations and five charter schools in Indiana selected to implement plans to help them meet the complex academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of their students.

            The amount of the grant to SENSE Charter School was based on our total enrollment.

            SENSE Charter School will use the dollars to focus on school-wide trauma informed practices, with the goal of becoming the first Trauma Certified School in Indianapolis. 

           Through the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students, the Endowment has made a total of $26.4 million in implementation grants and $9.1 million in planning grants to help public school corporations and charter schools across Indiana improve strategies for school counseling. During the competitive implementation grant phase of the initiative, 254 public school corporations and charter schools submitted implementation proposals totaling nearly $90 million.

          “The response from school corporations and charter schools far exceeded the Endowment’s expectations,” said Sara B. Cobb, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “We believe that this response indicates a growing awareness that enhanced and expanded counseling programs are urgently needed to address the academic, college, career and social and emotional counseling needs of Indiana’s K-12 students.  We were most pleased to see how the schools engaged a wide variety of community stakeholders in assessing their students’ counseling needs and developing strategies to address them.”

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana