Funding requests are accepted once each year according to our grant cycle. Funding 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.
We consider requests for grants on a yearly cycle which typically begins each spring. At the start of each cycle, a notice is emailed to nonprofit organizations that have requested this information. The requirements and instructions provided here are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Foundation’s grant cycle, which will run from May through October this year. Applications will be accepted from May 2, 2017, through the August 1, 2017, deadline. Applications submitted after the August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an orientation meeting.
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. 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.
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.
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
- 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 (Costs that keep the organization running and the doors open, i.e., general computer software or hardware, staff salary, general office supplies or equipment, utilities, etc.)
- Capital campaigns (Large capital projects that may take several years to complete where there is no defined area for use of the grant)
- Annual appeals or membership contributions
- Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes
The grants committee will make its recommendations on funding to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body). No lobbying or soliciting of grants committee members or board members will be permitted.
All organizations that have submitted grant applications will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee’s deliberation in writing by November 1.
A final report at project completion may be required by organizations whose requests are approved for funding. Instructions and any required forms will be provided at the time the grant is awarded.
The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the application (as a Microsoft Office document such as Word or Excel or as a 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
August 1, 2017
For further information or assistance:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
(812) 429-1191, Ext 3 | (812) 455-8220