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Grants to Improve the Quality of Life
in Northeast Indiana

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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The Community Foundation of Fort Wayne

Deadline Date:

08/28/12 3 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 a year will be awarded in Indiana to nonprofit public charities and government agencies for programming that improves the quality of life for its citizens. The foundation is accepting applications for funding in the following areas: economic development, agency support, and technology support. Applicants are encouraged to make requests that are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups, increase coordination and cooperation among agencies, and reduce unnecessary duplication of services. Preference is given to funding requests that:
- Address priority community concerns;
- Encourage more effective use of community resources;
- Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems;
- Are intended to strengthen the management capabilities of agencies; and
- Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs.

*The foundation does allow funding to religious organizations for charitable purposes that are void of religious purposes.

Not funded:
-Capital campaigns (effective January 2011 through December 2012);
-Annual fund drives;
-Operating deficits or after-the-fact support;
-Endowment funds, except for endowment–building matching grants for funds held at the Community Foundation;
-Direct or grassroots lobbying;
-Religious purposes;
-Hospitals, medical research, or academic research;
-Public, private, or parochial educational institutions, except in special situations when support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs;
-Governmental agencies, including public school systems, except in special situations when support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs;
-Limited special-interest organizations, except when such support significantly benefits the disadvantaged; and
-Funding for sponsorships, special events, commercial advertising, films or videos, television programs, conferences, group uniforms, or group trips.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128537

Estimated Size of Grant:

Technology Support - up to $50,000; Agency Support - up to $225,000

Term of Contract:

Technology Support is for one year; Agency Support is up to 3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that have federal tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(3) public charity or to government agencies (see limitations for government agencies under “What the Community Foundation Does Not Fund”). The nonprofit or government agency must serve the Allen County area.

Pre-Application Information:

-LOI must be in by 3:00 PM
-If you are requesting technology support funding, in addition to agency support funding, please submit an individual concept letter, LOI, for each request.
-Formal applications are by invitation only.
-Grantseekers invited to apply for funding are encouraged to attend an informal meeting designed to help with any remaining questions about completing the grant application(s). Must RSVP to Notify Annette Smith, by August 13, 2012.
-At this time, grantseekers are also encouraged to ask for single year funding rather than multi-year funding.
-If your organization has never received funding from the Community Foundation, it is highly recommended that the funding request be under $10,000.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Community Foundation
555 E. Wayne St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

PH: 260-426-4083
FAX: 260-424-0114

Christine Meek, Director of Programs,
Annette Smith, Grants Manager,

Grant Coverage Areas:

Allen County

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana