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Hancock County Community Foundation Annual Grant Cycle

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits for Capacity
Building, Projects, and Capital Improvement

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hancock County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/20/20 Noon ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, municipalities, and churches for programs and projects that serve residents in eligible regions. Funding is also intended for operating support and capital improvement projects. Activities should benefit Hancock County.

Strategic Operating Support Funding:

  1. A grant to help nonprofits formulate and/or implement resource development efforts for a strategic purpose as it relates to their operations.
  2. Examples of eligible Strategic Operating Support Funding proposals include but are not limited to:
    • Fundraising: Includes costs associated with developing a fundraising plan, executing an annual campaign, etc.
    • Marketing: Includes development of new marketing materials, website design, advertising, social media enhancement, etc.
    • Staff, Board, and Volunteers: Includes capacity-building efforts associated with staff training and development (ex. conference or workshop), internship program development and hiring, board training, volunteer recruitment and training, and strategic plan development. Staff salaries will only be considered with proof of program enhancement and must be accompanied by a written sustainability plan.
    • Technology: Includes information technology support, website maintenance, etc. Does not include purchase of equipment (see Capital Improvement).
  3. Requests for cost of office space rent, utilities, travel expenses, and staff benefits will not be considered. These funds are not meant to sustain recurring operating costs from year to year.

Program & Project Support Funding:

  • A grant to support or expand an existing charitable program/project or to create and launch a new charitable program/project.

Capital Improvement Funding:

  • A grant to support capital purchases with an expected useful life of 12 months or more, such as building repairs or additions, purchase of new equipment, purchase of technology (hardware & software), vehicles, and furniture.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152343

Estimated Size of Grant:

All grant types:
- Maximum request: $10,000
- Minimum request: $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
- A public, tax-exempt organization defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or a mutual benefit organization as defined by the IRS applying for a charitable purpose. Government agencies, municipalities, and churches are eligible under this requirement.
- 501(c)(3) status is in good standing with the IRS, if appropriate.
- Must serve the eligible region
- Must be in good standing with HCCF, meaning evaluation reports on all previous grants have been filed.

Ineligible Organizations or Activities:
Applications for religious indoctrination or other religious activities, non-HCCF administered endowment building, deficit financing, fundraising, lobbying, electioneering, and activities of political nature will not be considered, nor will proposals for ads, sponsorships, and any proposals that discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed or ethnicity.

In selected cases, projects undertaken by organizations that normally fall outside the above guidelines may be able to receive funding. Examples include: religious organizations whose proposal impacts the broader community; or units of government whose proposal extends beyond the traditional governmental functions that impact the broader community. No grants will be made solely to individuals, but can be made for the benefit of certain individuals for such purposes as scholarships and special programs through educational institutions and other sponsoring recipient organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

- 3/20/2020 at noon ET

Contact Information:

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

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Questions about grants should be directed to:
Katie Ottinger
Community Investment and Grants Officer
317.462.8870 extension 233

Hancock County Community Foundation
312 East Main Street
Greenfield, Indiana 46140

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