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The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the recipients of the Give to Grant Cycle as a part of the Give to Grant Collaborative. A total of $63,680 was awarded in grants to eight local organizations along with $40,000 to two Crowdfunding Campaigns for programs and projects supporting positive impact for the betterment of Grant County. The Foundation is home to a variety of 400+ charitable funds established by generous donors with a passion for supporting worthwhile charitable causes. The Give to Grant Collaborative uniquely consists of endowment funds that were established to provide support for general charitable purposes, identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community. These grants were awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Give to Grant Collaborative simplifies charitable giving and philanthropic impact by combining generous donations with others to pool resources and generate something strong and impactful for the community,” says Meagan Mathias, Community Investment Manager. “Every year, the Foundation awards between $1-3 Million in grants to nonprofits, community entities, and college-bound students right here in Grant County. From swing sets and dog parks to gardens and special events, the Foundation funds a variety of causes that...

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 and then we will forward you the login information. Email QuickQuestion@GiveToGrant.org for more information.  ...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the opening of the Give to Grant Cycle. Eligible 501(c) 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 have the option to apply for a crowdfunding grant during this cycle up to $20,000. If approved, organizations have 60 days to match dollar-for-dollar what they requested from the Foundation. The Give to Grant Cycle will open on February 25th, and will close March 25th. The online application link can be found on our website at GiveToGrant.org/Grants under the tab “Grants Application and Timeline.” First-time organizational applicants are required to meet with Meagan Mathias before applying. The Foundation is home to a variety of 400+ charitable funds established by generous donors with a passion for supporting worthwhile charitable causes. The Give to Grant Collaborative uniquely consists of endowment funds established to provide support for general charitable purposes identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community to be selected annually at the discretion of...

Every day at the Community Foundation of Grant County, individuals and families create lasting impact for the betterment of our community by ensuring their generosity will benefit generations to come through endowment. The cornerstone of this endeavor is a sound investment and spending policy that centers around sustainability. Throughout calendar year 2021, the Community Foundation saw an astounding investment return of 12.3%. Coupled with the generosity of our donors, that resulted in a total market value of $34.2 million in assets as of December 31, 2021. “To be sure, the dollar figures are impressive. But even that pales in comparison to the serious impact those dollars mean to the community,” Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer, Sherri Rush, said. “Every charitable organization with an endowment at the Community Foundation benefits from the sound guidance of the Foundation’s finance and investment committee, leading to more dollars for organizations serving Grant County.” For a charitable organization, an endowment at the Community Foundation is like having their own private granting fund, and the larger the fund, the larger the grant received every year. Since 1984, local charitable organizations have benefited from the hard work of building these endowments, resulting in nearly $14.5 million distributed by their endowments...

A Form 990 is an annual reporting return that federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances. The Community Foundation of Grant County is intentional in complying with this requirement in an open, honest, and direct manner to reach the broadest range of our constituents. The most recent 990 is available upon request or can be found online by registering for an account with to GuideStar.org. Contact Sherri Rush with questions at Sherri@GiveToGrant.org....

A Knox Box is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for fire departments, emergency medical services, and sometimes police to retrieve in emergency situations. Trusted by thousands of fire and law enforcement agencies for over 40 years, Knox Boxes have provided first responders with immediate access into secure buildings, campuses, residences and commercial properties when it matters most. Removing barriers to entry reduces injuries to responders and minimizes property damage. The Community Foundation recently installed a Knox Box as a part of our Disaster Recovery Plan. And because we find the resource so valuable, we are now offering the opportunity for nonprofit organizations located in the City of Marion to receive funding to cover the expense of having a box installed on their property. Currently, we are only offering this opportunity to Marion, IN nonprofit organizations because Marion is the only city in Grant County that emergency personnel have access to Knox Boxes. We will review and approve Knox Box applications on a rolling basis every two months starting February 2022. To apply, Marion located nonprofits are required to submit a completed and board-approved disaster recovery plan by clicking the button below. Connect with Meagan@GiveToGrant.org if you need examples or help in...

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana, increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities and encourage efforts of Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with state leaders to improve quality of life in Indiana. The Endowment believes that education at all levels is important to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. This program aims to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented students to attend one of the state’s higher education institutions and, ultimately, pursue careers in Indiana. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes significant participation by the community foundations serving each of Indiana’s 92 counties. Who: Grant County high school seniors, set to graduate by June 30, 2023 with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and a minimum SAT score of 1200 or ACT of 25. Applicants must plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. What: The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship covers tuition, required fees, and provides a special allocation of up to $900 per year...

(Marion, IN – July 26, 2021) The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce both crowdfunding campaign goals launched back in May of 2021 exceeded their goals. Habitat for Humanity of Grant County (Habitat) and Community School of the Arts (CSA) launched their campaigns on May 17th. Crowdfunding is when a large group of people pool their resources together to support a worthy charitable cause. Every donation helped in meeting these crowdfunding goals. And all donations raised will be awarded to these projects to support their missions. Habitat exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by raising $25,660 from community contributions. Combined with $20,000 in matching dollars from the Foundation this makes a total of $45,660 to support the construction of a new Habitat home in Grant County. CSA exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $15,000 by raising $23,460 from community contributions. Combined with $15,000 in matching dollars from the Foundation this makes a total of $38,460 to save community theatre in Grant County through the acquisition of the Marion Civic Theatre. Together, in just two months, Grant County donors contributed $49,120 to these two crowdfunding campaigns. With matching dollars from the Foundation, this makes a total of $84,120 raised to support the betterment...

(Marion, IN – May 27, 2021) The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce two crowdfunding campaign goals. Habitat for Humanity of Grant County (Habitat) and Community School of the Arts (CSA) launched their campaigns on May 17th. Habitat aims to crowdfund $20,000 to support the construction of a new Habitat home in Grant County. CSA aims to crowdfund $15,000 to expand programming and include community theatre outside of current programming offered at CSA. The Foundation will track all charitable contributions made by donors for each project. If the organizations meet their fundraising goals, the Foundation will award them a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to complete their projects for a total of $40,000 for Habitat and $30,000 for CSA. Any amount raised over these goals will also be awarded to the organizations. If either organization does not meet their goal by the deadline, they will not receive the matching grant. However, all donations raised will be awarded to the projects. Both campaign’s end on July 16, 2021 at midnight.   Habitat for Humanity of Grant County: The main goal of the Habitat campaign is to raise funds to be used for Habitat’s Homeownership Program, and specifically the 55th home build in Grant County. Habitat...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the recipients of the Give to Grant Collaborative Grant Cycle. A total of $77,011 was disbursed in grants this month to nine organizations for programs and projects supporting positive impact for the betterment of Grant County. The Foundation is home to a variety of 400+ charitable funds established by generous donors with a passion for supporting worthwhile charitable causes. The Give to Grant Collaborative uniquely consists of endowment funds established to provide support for general charitable purposes identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community to be selected annually at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Give to Grant Collaborative simplifies charitable giving and philanthropic impact by combining generous donations with others to pool resources and generate something strong and impactful for the community,” says Meagan Mathias, Community Investment Manager. “Every year, the Foundation awards between $1-3 Million in grants to nonprofits, community entities, and college-bound students right here in Grant County. 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. This is philanthropy...