Announcing the little BIG Idea Grant!

Elkhart County is loaded with creative, smart, fun and even quirky people who love this place! So whether you are 8 or 88, we challenge you to bring us ideas which delight, inspire, and connect people to our community…  because frankly we are a hotbed of awesomeness and we want to show it!

Grants up to $1,000 awarded monthly.

Join the movement.

We’re implementing an agenda of actions to strengthen Elkhart County’s great communities.

The Vibrant Communities Action Agenda was created through a robust community engagement process that identified and prioritized projects, policies and programs for communities within the county. The action recommendations range from specific, “bricks and mortar” projects, to new or enhanced programs. They include new policies to unlock the potential of the community’s assets and deliver more attractions and amenities. The 77 recommendations emerged from the Community Conversation process conducted in 2016.

Ideas and comments

Five communities, one action agenda

 The Action Agenda is organized by five communities within Elkhart County to reflect local needs and priorities.

Who’s Who in Vibrant Communities?

Steering Committee

Champion the value of quality of place and grow advocates for the movement

Leadership Team

Convene working groups, enable new leadership and set general direction


Find a project, a program or your passion within the Vibrant Communities movement and get involved

Task Forces

Connect project champions with resources and leadership within the movement


Enable working groups and project champion with resources and expertise