Giving is the heart of what we do here at the Community Foundation. Every year, we give over $1 million dollars to non-profits, community entities, and college-bound students here in Grant County. From swing sets and dog parks to gardens and special events, we fund a variety of causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. Your project may be next! Although we expect to remain flexible in our grant-making decisions, the Community Foundation traditionally addresses needs that fall into the categories of Human Services, Health, Education, Community Development, and Scholarships.

Grantmaking Priorities
Grants Application & Timeline

2021 Grant Timelines

Cycle 2: Give to Grant Cycle
Proposals $2,500 to $10,000. Organizations have the option to crowdfund if they want up to $20,000, or if they want to leverage our dollars with a matching campaign.
Application open: February 27, 2021-March 24, 2021
Reviews: March 25, 2021-April 9, 2021
Distribution Committee Meeting: April 21, 2021
Announce winners: April 23, 2021


Cycle 3: Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Grant Cycle
Four year, full-tuition scholarship for Grant County graduating high school seniors.
Application open: August 1, 2021-September 11, 2021
Reviews: September 12, 2021-October 3, 2021
Interviews: TBD
Announce winners: TBD


Cycle 4: CAPE Grant Cycle
Partnership between the Community Foundation and Indiana Wesleyan University. To financially support Grant County, Indiana organizations that offer career exploration experiences, provide career guidance and counseling, and encourage workplace internships and job shadows.
Application open: September 12, 2021-October 26, 2021
Reviews: October 27, 2021-November 14, 2021
CAPE Committee Meeting: November 16, 2021
Announce winners: November 19, 2021

Access to the application link is below. Email Meagan to get the access code.

Cycle 5: Scholarship Grant Cycle
Scholarships for Grant County students.
Application open: November 1, 2021-December 31, 2021
Reviews: January 1, 2022-March 20, 2022
Meeting: March 25, 2022
Offers: April 1, 2022
Verification: April 1, 2022-April 15, 2022
Award letters sent: July 1, 2022
Checks Sent to universities: August 1, 2022

2022 Grant Timelines

Cycle 1: Third Path Cohort Implementation Grant Cycle
Organizations in the Third Path Cohort will have the opportunity to apply for a non-competitive implementation grant. Organizations will be allotted the same funding amount as the original grant award.

Year one progress report: January 11, 2022
Design thinking session:
January 14, 2022
Application opens: January 14, 2022
Application closes: February 4, 2022, 11:59pm
Reviews: February 4, 2022 – February 13, 2022
Distribution Committee Meeting: February 16, 2022
Approval (unless rewrites required) February 18, 2022

Cycle 2: Give to Grant Cycle
Proposals $2,500 to $10,000. Organizations have the option to crowdfund if they want up to $20,000, or if they want to leverage our dollars with a matching campaign.
Application open: February 25, 2022-March 25, 2022
Reviews: March 28, 2022-April 17, 2022
Distribution Committee Meeting: April 20, 2022
Announce winners: April 22, 2022


Cycle 3: Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Grant Cycle
Four year, full-tuition scholarship for Grant County graduating high school seniors.
Application open: August 1, 2022-September 11, 2022
Reviews: September 12, 2022-September 30, 2022
Scholarship Sub-Committee Meeting: TBD
Announce winners: TBD


Cycle 4: CAPE Grant Cycle
To financially support Grant County, Indiana organizations that offer career exploration experiences, provide career guidance and counseling, and encourage workplace internships and job shadows.
Application open: September 12, 2022-October 23, 2022
Reviews: October 24, 2022-November 20, 2022
CAPE Committee Meeting: November 23, 2022
Announce winners: November 25, 2022


Cycle 5: Scholarship Grant Cycle
Scholarships for Grant County students.
Application open: November 1, 2022-January 31, 2023
Reviews: February 1, 2023-March 15, 2023
Meeting: March 27, 2023
Offers: March 31, 2023
Verification: March 31, 2023-April 14, 2023
Award letters sent: July 1, 2023
Checks Sent: August 1, 2023

Funding Categories
  • Community Health Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Health Services Coordination
  • Community Education on Relevant Issues
  • Educational Opportunities for Local Charities
  • Collaborative School Projects/Programs
  • Youth Philanthropy Programs
Community Development
  • Arts and Cultural Development
  • Community Parks
  • Community Beautification
  • Improvement/Enhancement Projects
  • Economic Development Efforts
  • Neighborhood Associations
Human Services
  • Elderly Services
  • Children and Youth Services
  • Youth Advancement
  • Human Services Coordination
Field of Interest
  • Education Grants: $10,000 or less
  • Domestic Violence Prevention: $10,000 or less
  • Underprivileged Youth Playing Sports: $6,800 or less
  • Children Suffering with Life Threatening Illnesses: 2,965 or less
  • Law Enforcement Safety Projects/Programs: $1,000 or less
  • Programs or Projects that Support Education in the Art of Sewing: $700 or less
  • AED Devices: $230 or less
  • Junior Golf
  • Art-Related Organizations
  • Aid to Leukemia Victims
  • Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Abused/Neglected Women and Children and/or Programs for the Same
  • Young Women’s Causes
  • Sports Programs for Disadvantaged Youth
  • Youth Music Opportunities
  • Programs for Children/Elderly
Grant Writing Tips

Helpful Information

Before you start your grant application, please review the helpful information by clicking the link below:

Grant Rules

As of December 2018, our Board of Directors finalized guidelines that would determine boundaries of our grant funding. We share these with you now, so you are aware of what we will not fund.

Due Diligence

In the week following the grant due date, our staff will complete a due diligence process to make sure rules have been followed and the necessary information is included in the proposal. Click the link below to review the due diligence process.

Application Questions

Beginning with our Crowdfunding Competitive Grant Cycle (Application open January 24th-March 27th) our application questions will change. Please click the link below to review those questions before applying.

Evaluation Questions (Rubric)

As part of our strategic plan (developed May 2018) we are aiming to define our grants process. Through that definition, we are aiming to be more transparent, educational, and streamlined in our process. Part of that transparency is to outline exactly what each proposal will be graded upon. Click the link below to view the evaluation questions (rubric).

How to Write a Successful Grant Request

Use these helpful tips to achieve writing a successful grant request.

Grant Station Subscription

Grant Station offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.

The Community Foundation has purchased this database subscription and would like to make it available to our local nonprofits. If you believe this database might help you find, build, write, and win grant opportunities to fund your programs and projects, we ask that you make a $25 donation to our Annual Operation’s Fund by clicking the button below and including your request in the donation details. We will forward you the login information.

Application Checklist

To complete your grant application, you will be required to submit the 5 documents listed below.
Project Budget ∙ Balance Sheet ∙ Income Statement ∙ Fiscal Year Budget ∙ List of Board Members

First time organizational applicants are required to meet with Meagan Mathias prior to submitting an application. Email Meagan to schedule a meeting.

Your Project Budget should describe revenues and expenses for the project/program concerning areas covered by the grant you are requesting. Include examples of commitment from your organization, board members, fundraising efforts, grants, and other sources of revenues. Expenses should equal revenues and be itemized based on project/program expense categories.

The Community Foundation of Grant County requires grant applicants to submit three (3) quotes for goods or services (one of which must be a local quote, if possible) with your project budget unless your request for goods or services is for highly specialized equipment, only available through very limited national vendors—then only one quote is required. Note: If your request is for goods or services that can only be obtained through all online sources, you are still required to provide three quotes.  This will most likely apply to smaller equipment requests that can be purchased through large online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, etc.  It is preferred the quotes simply be a document with a list of links to the online source, or a screen shot picture of the website’s “cart.”

Your organization’s Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet) should describe your organization’s assets and liabilities.

Your organization’s Income Statement will describe in more detail your organization’s revenues and expenses for a recent time period.

Your organization’s Fiscal Year Budget will show financials based on your most recent fiscal year (12-month period that your organization uses to report it’s finances). This report should be based on the fiscal calendar that your organization uses to determine your budget.

Your Board Members are an important part of your organization. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. Please include your Board Member names and their contact information.

We believe that organizations conducting charitable activities with both public and private donations should establish basic policies that govern the organization and provide for optimal transparency. If you have and abide by the following policies, please attach them. If not, we recommend that you strengthen your organization by adopting them in the near future.

Anti-nepotism policies prevent related individuals from working in the same company or department. The policy is intended to ensure effective supervision, internal discipline, security, safety, and positive morale in the workplace. It also seeks to avoid the perception of favoritism, conflicts in loyalty, discrimination, the appearance of impropriety, and conflicts of interest.

The purpose of a conflict of interest policy is to protect an organization’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of one of its officers or directors, or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement, but not replace, any applicable state and federal laws governing conflicts of interest.

Whistleblower policies are critical tools for protecting individuals who report activities believed to be illegal, dishonest, unethical, or otherwise improper.

A document retention/disposal policy makes it a crime to alter, cover up, falsify, or destroy any document with the intent of impeding or obstructing any official proceeding, this policy provides for the systematic review, retention and destruction of documents received or created by your organization. The purpose of this policy is to provide instruction for the preservation of pertinent documentation due to threatened, pending or otherwise reasonably foreseeable litigation, audits, government investigations or similar proceedings.

A written gift acceptance policy can help manage the expectations of donors, (while treating them with respect) and also serve as guidance for board and staff members who are either on the asking or receiving end of contributions.

Regular turnover among board members encourages the board to pay attention to its composition, helps to avoid stagnation, offers the opportunity to expand the board’s circle of contacts and influence, and provides a respectful and efficient method for removing unproductive members. Seventy-one percent of nonprofit boards have term limits for board members, and the most common are two consecutive three-year terms. Term limits do not prevent valuable members from remaining in the service of the organization or the board in another capacity.

Recent Grants

2021 Crowdfunding

Marion Community School of the Arts (CSA) – To save community theatre in Grant County through the acquisition of the Marion Civic Theatre.
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $15,000
– Raised from the community: $23,460
– Total amount to the organization: $38,460

Habitat for Humanity of Grant County – To support the construction of a new home in Grant County.
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $20,000
– Raised from the community: $25,660
– Total amount to the organization: $45,660

2021 Give to Grant Collaborative Cycle

Ivy Tech Foundation was awarded $10,000 to provide up to 12 students with dual enrollment opportunities. Ivy Tech Community College has one of Indiana’s largest dual enrollment programs in a statewide partnership with K-12 schools. The Marion Campus, in partnership with Grant County schools, is doing its part to prepare students for post-secondary success.

The City of Marion Fire Department was awarded $9,911 to purchase seven AED devices for the City of Marion Fire Department. The Department receives several medical calls a day and relies heavily on the equipment they carry. In addition to the Give to Grant Collaborative, the Travis Simpkins Memorial Fund contributed to awarding this grant.

Meals on Wheels was awarded $10,000 to subsidize meals for those who are unable to afford to participate, as well as cover additional overhead expenses related to growing their client base. Meals on Wheels works alongside local hospitals, nursing homes, and social workers to assist patients with getting access to food services in Grant County so that they can remain in the comfort of their own homes.

Cardinal Greenways was awarded $10,000 to purchase a new truck for Grant County volunteers to use in maintaining the trails. The large group of dedicated volunteers provides many hours every year maintaining the ten miles of trail in Grant County. This grant provided volunteers the proper tools and equipment they need to complete their work safely and efficiently.

Cancer Services of Grant County was awarded $10,000 to support the Breast Education Screening and Survival (BESS) program. Since the program’s inception in 2000, Cancer Services has provided over 9000 mammograms and has educated over 100,000 Grant County individuals. This program provides countywide education outreach, mammography, and further diagnostics to anyone who cannot afford these services.

Hands of Hope was awarded $10,000 to purchase a vehicle for Hands of Hope staff to use as they expand their outreach and mobile advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking in Grant County. This grant will make staff accessible where the victim might feel more comfortable such as a victim’s home, local park, local restaurant, or library. In addition to the Give to Grant Collaborative, the Anna Mae Harrison Fund, the Heidi Sue Chastain Memorial Fund and the J. William and Eleanor G. Long Memorial Fund contributed to awarding this grant.

SAWs – Servants at Work was awarded $9,000 to install six high-quality removable and reusable wooden wheelchair ramps for mobility-challenged Grant County residents. A SAWs ramp provides persons who are dependent on a wheelchair or other movement-assisted device the ability to gain freedom from their homes to access health care and other quality of life activities.

Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House was awarded $5,000 to offer temporary, minimal-cost lodging to parents and families of Grant County children receiving medical care away from home. Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House offers comfortable beds, hot meals, laundry facilities, and showers, to families with a hospitalized child in any Fort Wayne medical facility. They provide these basic needs in a safe, stable, and supportive environment while their loved one is just a short walk away.

Euclid Neighborhood Association was awarded $3,100 to complete the Euclid Neighborhood Association’s two-phased beautification project by planting 18 additional trees in the area. This project will foster a safe and welcoming atmosphere by improving the forgotten streetscape in the city’s right of way. It is a local grassroots initiative, spurred by residents passionate to create change while preserving the historic street for future generations.

Third Path Capacity-Building Cohort Grant

We challenged organizations to propose a plan that will deepen their relationship with another organization. The organizations selected will take part in a three-year capacity-building program with a grant component. This cohort style will not only provide opportunities for members to deepen relationships between their partnering organizations, but with all the organizations in the cohort, including the Community Foundation.

The organizations selected to participate in the Third Path Cohort, and receive a grant are:

Carey Services To incorporate the necessary services of the Grant County Society for Crippled Children and Adults into Carey Services programming; $49,167

Hope House, College Wesleyan Church, and Grant County Family YMCA – To create an outdoor community center with events and programming which will be implemented by Hope House, College Wesleyan Church, and the Grant County YMCA; $50,000

Grant County Rescue Mission, and Thriving Grant County, Thriving Mill Township – To create the Mill Township Community Resource Center by restoring the historic St. Paul Episcopal Church of Gas City; $50,000

Rapid Response Grants

Total Grantmaking $129,127
Family Service Society
Carey Services
Project Leadership
Second Harvest Food Bank
Grant County Rescue Mission
Bridges to Health
St. Martin de Porres Community Center
Children’s Bureau
Hope House Ministry
LifeStream Services
Grace House for Transition & Recovery
PAWSS – People for Animals Working Side-by-Side
Affordable Housing Corporation
Gas City Rescue Squad
Lift Eastbrook Afterschool, Inc.
Marion-Grant County Senior Center
Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home
Ivy Tech Foundation
Hands of Hope

August 2019

CSA-Marion Community School of the Arts – 2019-2020 CSA Student Performance Series; $5,000
Hands of Hope – “Whatever it Takes” initiative to address domestic violence victims struggling with substance abuse; $10,000
Grant County Rescue Mission – Construction repair of the Open Heart Women’s Shelter; $12,904
Indiana Wesleyan University Tennis Program – Tennis equipment for the IWU Tennis Program’s elementary school program; $3,201
Kinwell Academy – Financial education for Kinwell Academy students; $745

April 2019

Carey Services – For two new transportation buses
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $10,000
– Raised from the community: $10,150
– Total amount to the organization: $20,150

Hoosier Shakes – For their 2019 summer stock season
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $10,000
– Raised from the community: $11,500
– Total amount to the organization: $21,500

Marion Parks Department – For six new pickleball courts with lighting in Matter Park
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $20,000
– Raised from the community: $39,192
– Total amount to the organization: $59,192

SAWs – Servants at Work – Materials and installation of twelve wooden wheelchair ramps
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $6,000
– Raised from the community: $6,000
– Total amount to the organization: $12,000

February 2019

Bridges to Health – For individuals to participate in a smoking cessation program; $5,000
Cancer Services of Grant County – Breast Education Screening Survival (BESS) program; $10,000
Bridges to Health – New desktop computers and printers; $9,676
Euclid Neighborhood Association – To replenish the tree stock in the Euclid Neighborhood; $3,200
WonderSpace – To provide support for high quality, safe, and inclusive play in Grant County; $9,925

August 2018

Boys and Girls Club of Grant County – Google Chromebooks, projector and screen; $7,000
CSA – Marion Community School of the Arts – Student Performance Series; $5,000
Fairmount Police Department – AED’s for the Fairmount Police department; $3,118
Family Service Society – Hands of Hope – To replace the fence at the Flannery-Keal Home; $5,000
Gas City Concerts in the Park – Gas City Concerts in the Park 2019 concert series; $5,000
Grant County Sheriffs Chaplaincy – Manhood 101 program; $5,000
Kinwell Academy, Inc. – Life Coach for Kinwell Academy students; $10,000
Mississinewa Community Schools – Comprehensive outdoor/nature educational classroom; $10,000
Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, Inc. – Central air conditioning unit; $2,000
Walkway of Lights – Display for the Walkway of Lights; $2,644
YMCA of Grant County – Blighted property elimination and downtown improvement; $10,000

April 2018

Quilters Hall of Fame – Maintenance attention of the exterior of The Marie Webster House; $4,500
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $4,500
– Raised from the community: $5,500
– Total amount to organization: $10,000

Marion High School Alumni Association – Marion Giants marching band uniforms; $20,000
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $20,000
– Raised from the community: $20,725
– Total amount to the organization: $40,725

City of Gas City – Veterans Monument in downtown Gas City; $15,000
– Grant from the Community Foundation: $15,000
– Raised from the community: $54,407
– Total amount to the organization: $69,407

The Amara House – Proactive Grant for capacity building ; $1,500

January 2018

Upland Area Greenways Association – Pave the first mile of pedestrian and bicycle trails in Upland; $10,000
Grant County Rescue Mission – Renovate the women’s shelter; $10,000
Hostess House – Purchase and install a security system and smoke detectors; $6,447
Hoosier Shakes, Inc.– Funding for another season of Shakespeare; $2,500
The United Way – Marketing material for Early Childhood Coalition to inform parents about Kindergarten readiness and On My Way Pre-K; $5,025
The Training Center – Chrome notebooks and charging unit; $3,500
On My Way Pre-K – 5% match for the $211,174.39 state grant for 100 students countywide; $10,558.72
Capacity Building Training – Partnership with Harris International for additional Leadership Development for local non-profit orgs; $5,000

October 2017

King’s Academy, Mississinewa, Oak Hill, and St. Paul – Youth Grants; $6,000 ($1,500 for each corporation)
White’s Residential & Family Services – Program materials for the Strengthening Fatherhood program; $1,490
Marion Design Co. – Second phase of the development and launch of the City of Marion’s website; $6,000
Family Services Society – Marketing for the System of Care (SOC) program; $3,860
JA Serving Grant County – Funding to support new financial literacy elementary programs within Grant County; $9,860
Sheriff Department – Deputy vests; $18,700
Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County – Beautify the corner of 5th and Washington Street; $10,000
Marion Youth Judo and Jujitsu – Fund entry fees and mats for children to participate in classes; $10,000

July 2017

Storm Lifeline, Inc.– Start-up costs of the organization; $5,000
St. Martin Community Center– Provide training in basic computational thinking skills to the children who visit St. Martin Community Center; $4,041

May 2017

Marion Community Gardens Association – Installation of an irrigation system in the Curfman Community Garden; $4,000
Cancer Services of Grant County – Breast Education Screen Survival (BESS) Program; $5,000
Science Central – Science4U, Science Central’s school outreach program (Grant County Elementary and Middle Schools); $5,000

March 2017

Grant County Rescue Mission – Renovate third floor of the Grant County Rescue Mission’s main shelter; $10,000
Gas City Concerts in the Park – Indiana Artist Series; $10,000
Upland Parks Advisory Board – Upland Park Renovations; $3,209

January 2017

Gilead Ministries – Upgrade online giving platform, Network For Good; $4,200
White’s Residential & Family Services – Growing Teens for Life: initiative which seeks to equip adolescents with skills to maintain future employment; $1,000
Grace House for Transition and Recovery – Better-Equipped: initiative to support maintenance projects using skillsets of the men in Grace House; $5,000
Hoosier Shakes – Launch Hoosier Shakes, Inc. by bringing Shakespeare to Marion and Grant County; $5,000

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Fund?

Although we expect to remain flexible in our grantmaking decisions, the Community Foundation traditionally addresses needs that fall into the categories of Health, Education, Human Services, Community Development, and Fields of Interest.

Grant Proposals written in collaboration with community partners are both encouraged and appreciated.

What types of programs are ineligible for funding?

  • Political activity
  • Profit making enterprises
  • Projects/programs that benefit a specific church
  • We do not grant to individuals
  • Any organization with an outstanding grant report due to the Community Foundation from a previous grant

Can I Print Off The Grant Application And Turn It In At Your Office?

All of our grant applications are completed online and must be turned in via AwardSpring (our grant application platform).

What questions are on the application?

Which Documents Are Required To Complete An Application?

You will be required to attach these documents:

  1. Proposal Letter
  2. Program Budget
  3. Full Organization Balance Sheet
  4. Full Organization Income Statement
  5. Entire Organization Current Fiscal Year Budget,
  6. List of Board Members

Find Samples of these documents above under Application Checklist.

How Many Cycles Do You Have Throughout The Year?

We have 4 grant cycles throughout the year – 2 regular (Jan and Aug; requests of $10,000 or less), crowdgranting (April; requests of up to $20,000), and Impact Grant (Oct; requests ranging from $10,001 to +/- $150,000).

What happens if my project is awarded a grant?

If you are awarded a grant, a representative from your organization will be required to join us for a Give Me Five celebration. Details will be included in your award letter.

A representative from your organization will be required to join us for a High-Five celebration at a later date to tell us about all the good things your organization accomplished with your grant. Details will be included in your award letter.

How will I know if my grant was awarded and what happens next?

  • If accepted, you will be notified by mail and asked to sign a formal grant agreement accepting all terms of the grant prior to release of funds.
  • You will be asked to attend a special celebration at the Foundation office where you will receive a check for your project.
  • At the celebration, you will be given a Publicity Kit to help inform the Grant County community of your exciting news and your upcoming project.
  • Immediately following the expenditure of the grant money, a final report and evaluation summarizing the results of your project/program must be submitted along with receipts and photos of the completed project.
  • All public announcements concerning your project/program should indicate the Foundation’s participation in the program funding. (The Publicity Kit we provide will help with this!)
  • Failure to comply with these requirements will jeopardize future funding requests.

What is a High-Five presentation?

Your High-Five presentation will allow you to show us the impact of the grant you received in just 5 short slides. Tell us what the headline would be if the media wrote a story about your grant. What would you like to say to the donor that provided the fund for your grant? Tell us specifically how you invested these grant dollars and the outcome of your program/project. Finally, we want to give you the chance to tell us how you would like us to promote your grant on social media…give us a picture and the story we should share with our followers. What would you like for us to say about your organization and this grant?

Find a copy of the High-Five slideshow here.

Should I write a press release?

Absolutely! You’ve worked so hard to receive this grant and to steward the funds for your project. Shout it from the rooftops! Tell all the people about the good things your organization is doing in our community. To help, here is a sample press release.

Contact Us

Meagan Mathias

Community Investment Manager