Since 1984, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana to make their philanthropic giving as impactful as possible. We are a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern—improving the quality of life in Grant County. To do this, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create endowed charitable funds that help our area meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation invests and administers these funds. We then use the distributions to award grants each year to the humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in this remarkable county we call home.

Our Priorities

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.

Grants Application & Timeline

2019 Grant Timelines

Upstream Grant Cycle
Proposals up to $150,000 addressing the root causes of adult obesity or child poverty. According the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, both adult obesity and child poverty are quality of life issues in Grant County we should explore, and issues that are trending downward.
Application open: October 1, 2019-December 15, 2019
Reviews: December 20, 2019-Janauary 12, 2020
Distribution Committee Meeting: January 15, 2020
Announce winner(s): January 17, 2020

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Grant Cycle
Four year, full-tuition scholarship for Grant County graduating high school seniors.
Application open: August 1, 2019-September 15, 2019
Reviews: September 16, 2019-September 29, 2019
Scholarship Sub-Committee Meeting: October 7, 2019
Announce winners: December 7, 2019

Scholarship Grant Cycle
Scholarships for Grant County students.
Application open: November 1, 2019-January 31, 2020
Reviews: January 31, 2020-March 20, 2020
Meeting: March 25, 2020
Offers: April 1, 2020
Verification: April 1, 2020-April 15, 2020
Award: July 1, 2020
Checks Sent: August 1, 2020

2020 Grant Timelines


Cycle 1: 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: January 20, 2020-March 25, 2020
Reviews: April 1, 2020-April 13, 2020
Distribution Committee Meeting: April 15, 2020
Announce winners: April 17, 2020

Cycle 2: Upstream Grant Cycle
Proposals up to $150,000 addressing issues determined after Lilly Planning Grant Data is released.
Application open: April 20, 2020-June 1, 2020
Reviews: June 8, 2020-June 22, 2020
Distribution Committee Meeting: June 24, 2020
Announce winner(s): June 26, 2020

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, 2020-September 13, 2020
Reviews: September 14, 2020-September 28, 2020
Scholarship Sub-Committee Meeting: October 5, 2020
Announce winners: December 7, 2020

Cycle 4: CAPE Grant Cycle
Application open: September 14, 2020-October 26, 2020
Reviews: November 2, 2020-November 16, 2020
CAPE Committee Meeting: November 18, 2020
Announce winner: November 20, 2020

Cycle 5: Scholarship Grant Cycle
Scholarships for Grant County students.
Application open: November 1, 2020-January 31, 2021
Reviews: January 31, 2021-March 20, 2021
Meeting: March 25, 2021
Offers: April 1, 2021
Verification: April 1, 2021-April 15, 2021
Award: July 1, 2021
Checks Sent: August 1, 2021

Grant Request Examples
  • 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.

Application Checklist

To complete your grant application, you will be required to submit the 6 documents listed below.
A Letter Signed by Board President and CEO of Organization ∙ Project Budget ∙ Balance Sheet ∙ Income Statement ∙ Fiscal Year Budget ∙ List of Board Members

You are required to submit a letter signed by Board President and CEO of organization indicating their understanding of proposal and approval of application submission.

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.

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

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