Community Good Grants Program

Overview

Funding requests are accepted once each year according to our grant cycle. Application requirements may change from year to year; therefore, grantseekers are advised to revisit this page prior to beginning the grant application process. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project.

Grant Cycle

We consider funding requests for grants on a yearly cycle which begins each June. At the start of the grant cycle, an email notice will be sent to organizations that have signed up to receive information about our grant cycles. To sign up for this service, click on the link below.

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The requirements and instructions provided on this page are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Foundation’s grant cycle, which runs from June through October each year. Applications will be accepted from June 6, 2017 through the August 1 deadline. Applications submitted after the August 1 deadline will not be considered.

Grant Program Orientation Meeting

Prospective grant applicants are invited to schedule a meeting with Melinda Waldroup, Alliance Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement, to receive an overview of the funding opportunity and to ask specific questions. Contact Melinda at 812-429-1191 or mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org to schedule an orientation meeting.

Eligibility

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving the county. Fund requests from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need. In some cases, organizations without the 501(c)(3) designation may be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor.

Fiscal Sponsors

Applications submitted by an entity under the auspices of another agency (designated as a 501(c)(3) public charity) 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.

Program Areas Considered for Funding

Please visit our Program Areas page for details about the kinds of projects and programs supported through our Community Good Grants Program.

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Other Civic Endeavors, such as the Environment, Recreation, and Youth Development

Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Political parties or campaigns
  • Endowment creation or debt reduction
  • Operating costs
  • Capital campaigns
  • Annual appeals or membership contributions
  • Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes

Deliberation

The grants committee will make its recommendations on funding to the board of directors of the Community Foundation Alliance. No lobbying or soliciting of grants committee members or board members will be permitted.

Award Announcement

All organizations that have submitted grant applications will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee’s deliberation in writing no later than November 1.

Reporting Procedures

A final report at project completion may be required by organizations whose applications are approved for funding. Instructions will be provided at the time the grant is awarded.

Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the grant application (as a Microsoft Office document (i.e. Word, Excel) or PDF document).

Attachment 1: Current board roster with professional affiliations

Attachment 2: Organization’s current annual operating budget

Attachment 3: Most recent financial statement (monthly, quarterly, etc.)

Attachment 4: Fiscal sponsor agreement letter, if applicable

Application Deadline

August 1, 2017

 

For further information or assistance:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org
(812) 429-1191, Ext 3  |  (812) 455-8220

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