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Porter County Community Fund

Grants to Porter County, Indiana Nonprofits for Culture,
Education, Environment, and Humanitarian Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Porter County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants to Porter County, Indiana nonprofit organizations for cultural, humanitarian, environmental, and educational programming. Funding may be requested for start-up costs to expand existing programs, to build organizational capacity, and for one-time expenses.

The Foundation is interested in directing its funding to requests that:

- Are nonrecurring expenses.

- Enhance the organization’s capacity through the acquisition of special one-time capital items; training or professional development programs for staff and volunteers; strategic planning; and, in general, the Foundation seeks to fund those extraordinary type of expenses that occur that are difficult to budget for but are important for the long-term growth and vitality of the organization; or

- Support start-up costs for the expansion of an existing program that will allow the organization to serve more people or serve them in an additional location.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152552

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve Porter County.

Grant applications from organizations headquartered outside of Porter County need to identify that they have a facility or are operating a specific program in Porter County or they need to identify a Porter County partner that will sign as a co-applicant.

While the Foundation appreciates how important it is for all nonprofits to raise general operating support, it is not in a position to be able to support all the great organizations serving the community on an ongoing basis.

The Foundation Generally Does Not Fund:

- Annual appeals or membership contributions;
- Event sponsorships;
- Programs that are sectarian or religious in nature;
- Political organizations or candidates;
- Contributions to endowment campaigns;
- Campaigns to reduce previously incurred debt;
- Individuals (except scholarships from scholarship funds);
- Programs already completed and/or equipment already contracted for;
- Travel for bands, sports teams, and similar groups;
- Camp scholarships or fees related to camp programs; and
- Grants to re-granting organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant proposals must be submitted to the Foundation by no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on February 15, 2019, and August 15, 2019.

Programs funded from the Porter County Community Fund are not allowed to reapply in the year following the award. Recipient organizations may apply but it must be for a different program within the organization.

Applications for equipment, capital items, and programs where the total cost exceeds $50,000 must demonstrate that they have raised at least 60% of the required funds before applying to the Foundation.

Organizations that operate on an all-volunteer basis are encouraged to meet with the Foundation’s staff before submitting a proposal.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Brenda A. Sheetz, Vice President
(219) 465-0294

Porter County Community Foundation
1401 Calumet Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Porter County