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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits for Programs and Services that Benefit Older Adults

Central Indiana Senior Fund (CISF)


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Central Indiana Senior Fund (CISF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana: Central Indiana (Marion and the seven surrounding counties)

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/28/23 Noon Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations for programs and services that benefit older adults in eligible locations. Funding is intended for programming support or operating assistance. 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 underserved 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:

  1. Basic needs
  2. Health & wellness
  3. Living environment of choice
  4. Life-affirming opportunities

The Foundation is open to all requests for funding of senior services. The Foundation is deliberately interested in racial equity as it pertains to the following areas of need (which are 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
  • Improving health and wellness, including mental health and wellness
  • Supporting programs that serve immigrant and undocumented seniors.


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 with a mission to exclusively serve seniors may submit a request for operating support.

Organizations that received a grant in 2023 are eligible to apply in 2023.

The Foundation does not fund:
- Organizations or projects that discriminate based on 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-Application Information
- Application Accepted: April 1 – April 28, 2023, by 12 noon
- Funding decisions made: Late September
- Applicants notified and funds released: Mid-October

Organizations that have not applied to or received funding from Central Indiana Senior Fund in the past or are using a fiscal agent are strongly encouraged to contact Grants Officer Julie Koegel prior to submitting an application.

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

Contact Information
Apply Online (from April 1):

For questions, contact:
Julie Koegel

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

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