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Central Indiana Senior Fund (CISF)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits to Support
Programs and Services for Older Adults

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Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) - Central Indiana Senior Fund (CISF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

06/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations for programs and services for older adults in eligible locations. Funding may be requested for programmatic or operating support. Eligible applicants provide opportunities for local residents ages 55 and over in Central Indiana (Marion and the seven surrounding counties).

The mission of Central Indiana Senior Fund is to support programs and opportunities for low-to-moderate-income older adults in Central Indiana, with a focus on under-served or isolated populations. The fund not only provides responsive grant-making support, but also endeavors to be strategic and proactive in their funding by identifying and addressing the unique needs of, and opportunities for, the aging population.

The fund has identified four main impact areas for their giving:

  • Basic needs
  • Health & wellness
  • Living environment of choice
  • Life-affirming opportunities

While The Foundation is open to all requests for funding of senior services, it is particularly interested in (in no priority order):

  • Helping seniors age in place by funding housing maintenance/accessibility
  • Decreasing hunger by funding food access and affordability
  • Mitigating isolation and loneliness
  • Supporting caregivers
  • Decreasing senior homelessness
  • Supporting programs that serve seniors of color
  • Supporting programs that serve immigrant and undocumented seniors

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155518

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000, with an average of $20,000-$30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations serve seniors residing in Central Indiana (Marion and the seven surrounding counties).

The Foundation funds:
- 501(c)(3) organizations that serve seniors
- Organizations that have not yet received their 501(c)(3) status may use an approved fiscal agent

Only organizations whose mission is to serve seniors can submit a request for operating support.

The Foundation does not fund:
- Organizations or projects that discriminate based upon race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation 
- Grants to individuals 
- Political campaigns or activities intended to influence public officials  
- Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion  
- Construction projects of schools, churches or other religious institutions 
- Special events or fundraising activities 
- Post-event or after-the-fact situations or debt retirement 
- Basic medical, scientific, or academic research

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session will be held at 12 – 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 to address any questions about the guidelines and process. Learn more and register:

While attendance is not mandatory, all potential applicants are encouraged to attend. Applicants who opt not to attend will not be penalized.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2021.
- Applicants will be notified no later than August 31, 2021.
- Funds will be released in early September.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

For questions, contact:
Julie Koegel, CICF consultant for Women's Fund and Central Indiana Senior Fund

Central Indiana Community Foundation
615 N Alabama St. #300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1498

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USA: Indiana: Central Indiana (Marion and the seven surrounding counties)

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