Apply for Grant Funding
Our 2012-13 grant cycle is now closed.
Discretionary grants provide funding to charitable organizations for new or ongoing programs and projects that meet local needs.
Funding consideration is given to nonprofit organizations deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and to governmental agencies serving Vanderburgh County. Consideration may be extended to nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity provided the program/project is charitable and supports a community need. In such cases, the applicant organization may be required to apply under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor.
Funding requests submitted by an entity under the auspices of another agency must include a written statement signed by the agency's board president on behalf of the board of directors agreeing to act as the entity's fiscal sponsor, to receive grant monies if awarded, and to oversee the proposed project.
Funding Minimum/Maximum Range
Funding consideration is given for requests of at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000. Funding requests that do not fall within these limitations will not be considered.
Program Areas Considered for Funding
Please visit our Program Areas page for complete details about the kinds of projects and programs supported through our Community Discretionary Grants Program.
Arts and Culture
Other Civic Endeavors (environment, recreation, youth development, etc.)
Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding
Religious organizations for religious purposes
Political parties or campaigns
Endowment creation or debt reduction
Operating costs not directly related to the proposed project
Annual appeals or membership contributions
Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes
The application process starts with a preliminary proposal. Preliminary proposals help in determining whether a funding request qualifies for consideration before the applicant invests time and effort in completing a full grant proposal. Please use the following online form to submit a preliminary proposal: Preliminary Proposal Form.
Deadline To Submit a Preliminary Proposal
12 noon on August 24, 2012
After review of preliminary proposals, selected applicants will receive a formal invitation to submit a full grant proposal. All applicants will receive formal notification of the outcome of the deliberation process by October 1. No lobbying or solicitation of Foundation representatives is permitted.
Distribution of Awards
Grant checks will be distributed at an awards event in January.
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