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Grants to Knox County, Indiana Non-Profits and
Others for Arts, Human Services & More

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Knox County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/14

Description:

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Grants typically up to $1,000 to Knox County, Indiana non-profit organizations and government agencies for projects and programs in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, environment, recreation, and youth development. Applicants are invited to meet with Foundation staff prior to submitting an application.

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.

Focus Areas:

1) Arts and Culture - Activities that strengthen the stability of arts organizations, make the arts accessible to low-income populations, enhance the understanding of all types of arts and humanities, and promote the appreciation or understanding of historical events.

2) Community Development - Activities that foster civil rights, our society, advocacy, community improvement, capacity building, philanthropy, volunteerism, grantmaking, strong neighborhoods; that improve the effectiveness of government, public administration and public officials; that assess community needs; and that support the programs of leadership organizations.

3) Education - Activities that improve the educational attainment of children and adults, both in and out of the classroom; that support formally constituted educational institutions and organizations or entities that administer or support these institutions; that support libraries and organizations whose primary purpose is to provide opportunities for supplementing and continuing education outside the framework of formal education institutions; and that support organizations that provide education-related services to students and schools.

4) Health - Activities that improve and promote health outcomes; general and rehabilitative health services; mental health; crisis intervention; associations or services associated with specific diseases, disorders, and medical disciplines; and medical research.

5) Human Services - Activities that maximize the functioning of special needs populations in mainstream society; that protect the public (crime and delinquency prevention, legal administration, legal services); that promote and support employment and jobs, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, and disaster preparedness and relief; and that support child daycare programs, the United Way, YMCA, YWCA, firefighting activities, and programs of community centers.

6) Environment - Activities that foster pollution control and abatement, protection and conservation of natural resources, botanic and horticulture, environmental beautification, preservation of open spaces, environmental education and outdoor survival, protection and welfare of animals, humane societies, wildlife preservation and protection, veterinary services, zoos and aquariums, and specialty animal services.

7) Recreation - Improving and promoting recreational and leisure activities, parks, and community sporting events and activities.

8) Youth Development - Activities that strengthen the family unit, help children grow and develop, foster youth sports and athletics, that support the Future Farmers of America or other youth development programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and scouting.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143900

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally up to $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit 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 non-profit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need.

Fiscal Sponsors - 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.

Not Funded:
-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

Pre-Application Information:

In lieu of a group orientation session, prospective grant applicants are invited to schedule a meeting with the Foundation's director, Jamie Neal, to receive an overview of the funding opportunity and to ask specific questions. Contact Jamie at 812.886.0093 or jamie@knoxcountyfoundation.org to schedule an orientation meeting.

Create an account and begin application process here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?urlkey=alliance9

The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the Grant Application (as a Word or PDF document):
-Current board roster with professional affiliations
-Organization's current annual operating budget
-Most recent financial statement (monthly, quarterly, etc.)
-Fiscal sponsor agreement letter, if applicable

All organizations that have submitted grant applications will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee's deliberation in writing by October.

Contact Information:

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

Jamie Neal, Director
812.886.0093
jamie@knoxcountyfoundation.org

Knox County Community Foundation
20 N. Third Street, Suite 301
PO Box 273
Vincennes, IN 47591

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