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!
Visit our Grants and Scholarships Applications and Timelines page to review how and when to apply. Also find other helpful resources under the Grants and Scholarships menu above.
Cycle 1: Designated Grant Cycle
Donations are placed in an endowment specifically for these organizations. The endowment is invested. The earnings from those investments are automatically paid out to the organizations each year. No application is required. The original donation remains in the endowment year after year to create more earnings. Forever!
Spendable Distributions Mailed: January 2023
Cycle 2: 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. Click here to learn more about the Relationship Spectrum.
Year Two Rearview Mirror Presentations: January 10, 2023
Design Thinking session: January 13, 2023
Application opens: January 13, 2023
Year Three Windshield Presentation: February 16, 2023
Application closes: February 17, 2023
Reviews: February 18, 2023 – February 26, 2023
Approval (unless rewrites required): March 3, 2023
Cycle 3: Give to Grant Cycle
Organizations with a general grant request between $2,500 to $10,000 are welcome to apply. From safety devices and meal delivery services to trail maintenance and neighborhood beautification projects, the Foundation funds a variety of causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. Organizations also have the option to apply for a crowdfunding grant of up to $20,000 during this grant cycle to leverage a matching campaign. If approved, organizations have 60 days to match dollar-for-dollar what they requested.
Application open: April 3, 2023 – May 28, 2023
Reviews: May 29, 2023 – June 18, 2023
Distribution Committee Meeting: June 21, 2023
Announce winners: June 23, 2023
Cycle 4: 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, 2023, 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. Students must attend an accredited Grant County High school. The LECSP awards a Four Year, Full Tuition Scholarship available to Graduating High School Seniors. Only 2 recipients are selected each year.
Open Application Dates: August 1, 2023 – September 24, 2023
Reviews: September 25, 2023 – October 8, 2023
Finalist Interviews: October 24, 2023
Independent Colleges of Indiana Approval: October 24, 2023-December 8, 2023
Announce winners: December 8, 2023
Cycle 5: CAPE Grant Cycle
This grant cycle is offered by a partnership between Indiana Wesleyan University and the Community Foundation. This grant offers funding to financially support Grant County, Indiana organizations that provide career exploration experiences, career guidance and counseling, and workplace internships and job shadows.
Application open: September 1, 2023 – October 22, 2023
Reviews: October 23, 2023 – November 5, 2023
CAPE Committee Meeting: November 8, 2023
Announce winners: November 10, 2023
Cycle 6: 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, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Reviews: January 8, 2024 – January 21, 2023
Offers: February 26, 2024
Acceptance Agreement Due: March 11, 2024
Award letters sent: April 26, 2024
Checks Sent to Universities: June 14, 2024