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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits for Arts, Education, Health,
Human Services, and Community Programs in Boone County

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Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC)

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Deadline Date:

09/26/18 12:00 PM EDT (Noon)


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the quality of life in Boone County. Letters of inquiry are due February 13, 2018. The Foundation's fields of interest include arts and culture, community development, education, and health and human services.

- Arts and Culture - Efforts that enhance and support the development of quality programming and services through visual art, literature, music, theatre, film and dance etc. throughout Boone County.
- Community Development - Efforts that build stronger communities that take collective action and generate solutions to common problems; including economic, social, workforce, animal welfare, environmental and cultural change.
- Education - Efforts that provide educational opportunities that lead to successful and lasting outcomes for Boone County residents from birth through adulthood including special consideration for adult literacy.
- Health and Human Services - Efforts that ensure Boone County residents are healthy and well, including those that enrich the lives of older adults and youth, ages birth to 18 years old. Special consideration is given to economically disadvantaged youth.

Additionally, CFBC is interested in supporting:

1. Efforts that address the root causes of clearly defined needs in Boone County such as eliminating the cycle of poverty.
2. Efforts with specific goals, objectives and indicators with which to measure effectiveness.
3. Efforts that foster a collaborative spirit, partnerships and innovation among various organizations, agencies and individuals serving Boone County.
4. Efforts that benefit or serve a large number or percentage of Boone County residents.

The types of grants that may be awarded are the following:

- Capacity Building: One-time funding to boost an organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission including funding for organizational capacity such as strategic planning, marketing, board development, fundraising consulting; professional capacity such as certification programs, fundraising school courses; functional capacity such as equipment updates/purchases, database purchase and training, emergency repairs.
- Challenge: Funding that is contingent upon the grantee achieving a designated goal.
- Matching: Funding that is contingent upon the grantee fundraising an agreed upon dollar amount.
- Operating: CFBC may occasionally consider operating support for an organization which has demonstrated a stable history but needs special assistance due to circumstances beyond its control; an operating proposal must include a plan with reasonable goals for sustainability.
- Project/Program: Funding for a specific project or program, especially expansion or step-up efforts.
- Seed money: Funding to start a new project/program or initiative in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155704

Estimated Size of Grant:

CFBC generally offers grants between the amounts of $2,500 and $10,000. Larger grants may be considered.

Term of Contract:

CFBC generally offers one-year grants. Multiyear awards may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to organizations which serve Boone County and are defined as 501 (c) (3) public charity and 509 (a) (1) and must be used for charitable purposes as defined by section 170 (b)(1)(A).

Awards are made without discrimination as to age, color, race, religion, sex, disability, veteran status or national origin, and only to eligible recipients that do not unlawfully discriminate on these same criteria.

Not funded:

1. Grants to individuals.

2. Political campaigns or attempts to influence the legislature or any other governmental body except in situations where the award is used to produce nonpartisan analyses, study results and research data.

3. International travel, first-class air fare; luxury accommodations; alcoholic beverages and hospitality for purposes other than those directly related to meeting program objectives as defined in the proposal.

4. Event sponsorships, banquets and fundraisers, attendance to competitions, mission trips and conferences.

5. Expenses or activities that have or will have taken place prior to the earliest notification date as stated in the timeline below.

6. Requests from religious organizations to promote or teach religious doctrine.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Inquiry will be accepted through February 13th, 2018 at Noon. Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and those invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by February 27. Full proposal deadline is March 28.

Applicants who are seeking grants over $10,000 or multi-year grants should contact Barb Schroeder, CFBC Program Director prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.

Spring Cycle:
- LOI due February 13
- Full Proposal (if invited) due March 28
- Notification in May

Fall Cycle:
- LOI due August 14
- Full proposal (if invited) due September 26
- Notification in November

Requests for grants are limited to one proposal per organization per calendar year.

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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.

Register and submit an LOI online:

For additional information and assistance, contact:
Barb Schroeder, Program Director
765-482-0024 or 317-873-0210

Community Foundation of Boone County
102 N. Lebanon Street, Suite 200
Lebanon, IN 46052

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Boone County