#BeMoreLikeClaire: Fall 2021 grant cycle now open to applicants (Announcement)

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#BeMoreLikeClaire has opened its Fall 2021 Grant Cycle and is looking to support projects that further its mission to cultivate the power of collective generosity so that all may live a safe and healthy life. 

This grant cycle will award up to $45,000 toward community-based projects. Grant applications will be accepted through Oct. 1.

#BeMoreLikeClaire was formed to carry on the legacy of Claire VanLandingham, a promising young Navy dentist who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2018. Over the past three years, #BeMoreLikeClaire has awarded more than $180,000 in grants to area nonprofits, with the vast majority of those projects located in Douglas County.

Projects that align with one or more of #BeMoreLikeClaire’s guiding principles are more likely to be funded. Those principles are:

  • All people should have access to healthy food.
  • All people should have access to holistic and comprehensive health care.
  • All people should have access to housing that is safe and affordable.
  • Positive caring role models and mentors transform lives.
  • All relationships should be free from cruelty and built on trust and respect.
  • The earth and its resources should be protected and respected.

#BeMoreLikeClaire accepts grant applications from any location and gives preference to projects whose purpose has a personal connection to Claire or serves a community in which Claire lived. Those communities include Lawrence; Terre Haute, Indiana; Plymouth, Indiana; Culver, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; and the Chicago/Lake Forest, Illinois area.

Earlier this year, #BeMoreLikeClaire awarded grants to projects in Lawrence that protect abused children, provide women of color with a trained doula during birth, educate faith communities about relationship violence and how they can help stop it, and provide a space where young gardeners work alongside women who are in recovery.

Interested applicants can learn more about grant guidelines and how to apply at

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