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Good Deeds Grant

Grants to Wabash County, Indiana Nonprofits for Basic Needs
and Enrichment Activities for the Disadvantaged

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Wabash County (CFWC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 Postmarked or Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Wabash County, Indiana nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents with limited opportunities and resources. Funding may be requested for a broad range of areas, such as arts, recreation, health and human needs, education, the environment, and civic and economic development, so long as the proposed activity fills a basic human need, creates opportunities for people who ordinarily do not have them, or increases the capability of a nonprofit organization to serve people who have limited resources and opportunities.

For example, the Foundation considers the arts to be a basic need for any society. Generally, however, the Foundation will fund only those arts projects that make the arts accessible to people with the least opportunity for exposure to the arts or the least opportunity to practice the arts.

Awards can be used to fund programs or projects, train staff or members, or improve an organization’s facilities if by doing so they increase their ability to serve the basic needs of people in Wabash County.

The proposals that are awarded:
-Will provide opportunities for people with limited resources and limited access.
-Are based on evidence of need and include a method for measuring progress toward the stated goals.
-Demonstrate a high probability of having local impact.
-Demonstrate a high probability of meeting a basic need in Wabash County.

Proposals that are likely to be awarded:
-Serve the people of Wabash County
-Affect the most people
-Fill a gap in service
-Meet an urgent need
-Enable an organization to better serve the people of Wabash County
-Have outcomes that can be measured
-When possible, demonstrate cooperation with other organizations doing similar work for greater impact
-Typically, but not exclusively, can be accomplished with amounts less than $5,000

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152207

Estimated Size of Grant:

Good Deeds Grants are typically $5,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

All grants awarded are for a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization with a sustained and consistent presence in Wabash County or any organization doing charitable work that serves Wabash County may apply to the Community Foundation’s Good Deeds grant program. This includes tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or non-501(c)(3) organizations with charitable causes.

Those with the greatest chance of receiving a grant will have the financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity.

Faith-based organizations may apply for program funding provided there are no requirements to participate in religious instruction and/or take part in religious activities.

Only organizations in good standing with the Community Foundation may apply for grants. Good standing means that the organization has followed these guidelines, submitted final reports for previous grants in a timely manner that were approved and has returned any unused portions of grants.

National organizations (except for local chapters serving Wabash County) are not eligible for funding through the Foundation’s grant program.

Proposals for grants to cover the costs of conducting annual fund campaigns or capital campaigns or to produce programs or products for profit do not qualify for Good Deeds Grants. However, sale of items to raise money for charitable activity is permissible. For example, Junior Achievement may use a grant to produce and sell a product if all sales are used to cover the organization’s costs of doing charitable work.

Good Deeds grants will not fund proposals:
-That do not affect people locally
-That do not provide opportunities
-That show little urgency
-That are “third party” projects (ex. Someone who wants to bring a performance to area schools but has not received an invitation from school administrators or teachers)
-Whose effectiveness can’t be measured or for which there is no evidence of need
-From individuals, or proposals designed to support a named individual
-For start-up organizations and organizations not in good standing with the CFWC
-For projects that are not core to the mission of an organization

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked or received by:
-March 15 for grants awarded by April 15
-September 15 for grants awarded by October 15

Contact Information:

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

Mail applications to:
Community Foundation of Wabash County
105 West Second Street, Suite 100
North Manchester, IN 46962

For grant-related questions, or to email the application:
Julie Garber, Program Director

P: (260) 982-4824
F: (260) 982-8644

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Wabash County