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.
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.
The Community Foundation of Grant County offers four grantmaking cycles throughout the year.
Before applying, click on the tabs below for helpful grantwriting tips and to view the application checklist
|January Grant Cycle|
November 2017 –
January 3, 2018
Requests may not exceed
Addressing needs in the
Field of Interest
February 2018 –
April 4, 2018
Requests may not exceed
Crowdfunding is an
innovative yet simple
way for non‐profit groups
to generate public interest
and raise donations to make
|August Grant Cycle|
May 2018 –
August 1, 2018
Requests may not exceed
Addressing needs in the
Field of Interest
|What’s The BIG Idea|
August 2018 –
October 4, 2018
$10,001 to +/- $150,000
The BIG Idea Grant is an
opportunity to work with us
as a grant partner involved
in all stages of completion
of the BIG Idea and not simply
as the grantee/funder.
|Field of Interest|
Does the NPO have the ability and willingness to measure and report outcomes of this investment to the Community Foundation and to the community at large? What is the number of persons and who are the persons positively impacted by this grant opportunity? Does this organization provide you with a clear understanding of what communities (towns/cities) within Grant County will be impacted?
Is there another NPO doing similar work? Would it be beneficial to you and the NPO to partner together on a specific project? Would it be beneficial to Grant County if you and the NPO partnered together on a specific project?
Do the NPO’s donors support this project/program through their own giving? and/or volunteerism? Do they include information on fundraisers planned? Does this grant involve multiple NPO’s working together to solve a particular issue? Is it clear, this organization is familiar with other organizations in the community providing similar work?
Is there a sustainability plan for this project or program once the grant has been exhausted? Is this organization financially stable and able to support this project or program long-term? Is there a plan in place to support this project or program long-term?
Does this request for funding offer a “hand-up” or a “hand-out”? Does this project/program provide an opportunity to be a catalyst for transformative change? Does the organization provide a clear understanding of how this project or program would positively change the community? Will this grant make a long-term impact on Grant County?
To complete your grant application, you will be required to submit the 6 documents listed below.
Cover Letter ∙ Project Budget ∙ Balance Sheet ∙ Income Statement ∙ Fiscal Year Budget ∙ List of Board Members
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.
Quilters Hall of Fame – Maintenance attention of the exterior of The Marie Webster House & $750 for capacity building training; $5,250
Marion High School Alumni Association – Marion Giants marching band uniforms; $20,000
City of Gas City – Veterans Monument in downtown Gas City; $15,000
The Amara House – Proactive Grant for capacity building ; $1,500
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jefferson Monroe Helping Hands – Roof repair for Helping Hands pantry; $10,000
Carey Services – My25; $4,716
Lift – Employment Growth; $10,000
Family Service Society, Inc. – Therapeutic supplies and resources; $6,100
Bridges to Health – Medical instruments for examination rooms and laptops for exam notes; $10,000
CSA – 2016-2017 Student Performance Series; $10,000
Upland Parks Advisory Committee – Upland Park Renovations; $3,200
Marion High School HOOAH Parents Booster Club – JROTC educational trip and Nationals; $5,000
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.
All of our grant applications are completed online and must be turned in via AwardSpring (our grant application platform).
Also be prepared to upload the documents listed in the next tab.
You will be required to attach these documents:
Find Samples of these documents above under Application Checklist.
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 BIG Idea (Oct; requests ranging from $10,001 to +/- $150,000).
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.
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.
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.