Applications and Timelines

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 and even to future doctors and teachers, we fund a variety of causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County.

Here at the Community Foundation, we know that sustainable impact is created in all sorts of ways. That’s why we award around 200 scholarships annually to Grant County students for tuition, fees, and books. Thanks to generous donors, we have scholarships available to students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim. All Grant County U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens pursuing higher education at an accredited university, college, or trade school, part-time or full-time, are eligible to apply for scholarships.

Remember, funding is limited, Community Foundation grants and scholarships are highly competitive. And awards are subject to IRS regulations, Community Foundation policy, and the criteria established by donors. Your program or project may be next!

Remaining 2023 Timelines

Cycle 6: Community Foundation Scholarship Grant Cycle
Thanks to generous donors, we have scholarships available to students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim. All Grant County U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens pursuing higher education at an accredited university, college, or trade school part-time or full-time are eligible to apply for scholarships.

The Community Foundation offers 120+ different scholarships with 1 Universal application process to Grant County students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim.

**Due to FAFSA delays, the scholarship timeline has been adjusted to the following:

Application open: November 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024
Reviews: April 1, 2024 – April 14, 2024
Offers: April 19, 2024
Acceptance Agreement due: April 26, 2024
Award letters sent: May 3, 2024
Checks sent to universities: August 1, 2024

2024 Timelines

Cycle 1: Designated Grant Cycle
Charitable contributions are directed into an established endowment and are earmarked for specific organizations. This endowment is strategically invested, and a percentage of the returns generated from these investments are automatically distributed to the organizations on an annual basis. No formal request is necessary for them to receive this grant. Donations made to these funds perpetually reside within the endowment, generating continual returns to benefit the organizations indefinitely. If you have a passion for a specific nonprofit, talk to us about establishing a designated endowment fund.

Spendable Distributions Mailed: January 2024

Cycle 2: Questa Scholarship Loan Program Cycle

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Grant County, this program assists families with a gap between the cost of attendance and the family’s financial responsibility. Funding for this program is available for students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree. $5,000 is awarded per year, up to $20,000 for a four-year degree, and $10,000 for an associate’s degree.

Grant County Scholars receive 50% debt forgiveness on their Questa loan when they complete their degree and live in Grant County after graduation! Scholars may be eligible for up to 75% debt forgiveness on their Questa loan when they attend and graduate from one of our partnering schools. Current high school seniors (Class of 2024) and college freshmen from Grant County are eligible to apply!

Application Open: January 1, 2024 – March 15, 2024
Final Selection Notifications Sent via Email: April 30, 2024
Loan Documentation Meetings: June 2024 – July 2024
Funding Disbursements Sent to Colleges August 15, 2024

Click the button below for program overview and to apply.

Cycle 3: Little Free Library Grant Cycle
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Library book-exchange boxes. The vision is to have a Little Free Library in every community and a book for every reader. All people are empowered when the opportunity to discover a personally relevant book to read is not limited by time, space, or privilege. That’s why the Community Foundation is gifting 40 Little Free Libraries to Grant County for our 40th Birthday. We’re giving Grant County the gift of literacy because leaders are readers.

Details about how to apply will be announced: February 2024

Cycle 4: Third Path Grant Cycle
The Third Path Cohort, a three-year capacity building program with a grant component, emerged as one aspect of our strategic response to the COVID crisis. Our aim is to rebuild with increased collaboration and capacity post-2020. Following the blueprint of the initial Third Path round –emphasizing relationship building, professional development, and leadership coaching –the Community Foundation is gearing up for a second round in 2024.

Stay tuned for more details regarding participating organizations, focus areas, and funding opportunities: Timeline TBD

Cycle 5: Give to Grant Cycle
The Give to Grant Cycle awards are made from a combination of discretionary and field of interest funds. The Community Foundation combines these funds to award a larger grant than what one fund could award alone. Whether it’s providing books to hospitalized children, maintaining trails, or neighborhood beautification and economic development projects, the Foundation supports diverse causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County.

Our new strategic plan includes developing a strategy for the Give to Grant Cycle to fund biggest known community needs that complement our community leadership activities and it’s gonna be remarkable!

This process is currently being created; Timeline TBD.

Cycle 6: Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Grant Cycle
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship covers tuition, required fees, and provides a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree at any accredited Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

Students must be on course to graduate by June 30, with a diploma from an accredited Grant County high school and plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Only 2 recipients are selected each year from Grant County, based on our current population.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application open dates: August 1, 2024 – September 22, 2024
Reviews: September 24, 2024 – October 6, 2024
Finalist interviews: October 29, 2024
Independent Colleges of Indiana approval: October 30, 2023 – December 9, 2024
Announce winners: December 10, 2024

Cycle 7: Community Alliances to Promote Education (CAPE) Grant Cycle
This grant cycle is a partnership between the Community Foundation and Indiana Wesleyan University. The purpose of this grant is to financially support Grant County organizations that offer career exploration experiences, provide career guidance and counseling, and encourage workplace internships and job shadows.

Application open: September 1, 2024 – October 20, 2024
Reviews: October 28, 2024 – November 10, 2024
CAPE Committee Meeting: November 13, 2024
Announce recipients: November 15, 2024

Cycle 8: Community Foundation Scholarship Grant Cycle

Thanks to generous donors, we have scholarships available to students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim. All Grant County U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens pursuing higher education at an accredited university, college, or trade school part-time or full-time are eligible to apply for scholarships.

The Community Foundation offers 120+ different scholarships with 1 Universal application process to Grant County students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim.

Application open: November 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024
Reviews: January 13, 2025 – January 26, 2025
Offers: February 28, 2025
Acceptance Agreement due: March 10, 2025
Award letters sent: April 25, 2025
Checks sent to universities: August 1, 2025

Contact Us

Meagan Mathias

Community Leadership Director

Meagan@GiveToGrant.org
765-662-0065

Hannah Yopp

Scholarship Solutions Manager

Hannah@GiveToGrant.org
765-662-0065