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Grant and In-Kind Support to Central Indiana Nonprofits for Arts,
Education, Environment, Health, and Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Giving Sum

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Deadline Date:

02/08/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grant and in-kind assistance to Central Indiana nonprofit organizations to support special projects and general operations. Program areas include arts and culture, humanities, civic and community development, education, environment, and health and human services. Priority is given to proposals that meaningfully and creatively engage Giving Sum members in innovative, high-impact initiatives.

Giving Sum grants 100% of each year’s membership contributions to a not-for-profit organization in Indianapolis working towards change, innovation, and community good. Members commit to combining personal resources with other members’ resources in order to create greater social impact. The three components of the Giving Sum equation that members offer to the community are:

- Time: Members can serve as high-impact volunteers.
- Voice: Members can use their collective voice to advocate for a cause or mission.
- Money: Each member contributes up to $317 toward a pooled grant fund that is distributed annually.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141997

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The final grant amount will depend on 2019 membership contributions. Giving Sum awarded a $15,000 grant in 2018 and anticipates providing a similar level of funding in 2019.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds will be distributed after June 1, 2019. All grant funds from Giving Sum should be spent in 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each year, Giving Sum awards one major grant to a not-for-profit organization serving central Indiana.

The grant may be used only for the purposes described in the organization’s request for support to Giving Sum. Furthermore, the awardee organization may not use any giving sum grant funds to lobby or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, to influence the outcome of any public election, or to carry on any voter registration drive.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Giving Sum is committed to helping each organization submit the best possible application.

The Foundation hosted an online grant information session on Monday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.

A recording is available here:

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations must submit applications by email by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, February 8, 2019. All applications should be submitted as a PDF file. Other formats will not be accepted.

Giving Sum members will vote on grant applications beginning in March 2019. The grant will be awarded in June 2019.

Grant funds will be distributed after June 1, 2019 and Giving Sum may not know the final grant amount until June 2019.

All questions regarding the Giving Sum grant and application process may be sent by email to Giving Sum. Do not wait until the final week of submission for questions.

Contact Information:

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

Questions and the application may be sent to Giving Sum at

Giving Sum
P.O. Box 2988
Indianapolis, IN 46206

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USA: Indiana: Central Indiana and Indianapolis

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