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Wayne County Foundation Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits
for Community Projects

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Wayne County Foundation

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Deadline Date:

03/23/20 11:30 PM


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the quality of living of local residents and the community. First-time applicants must contact staff before applying and pre-applications are required prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for programs that display an innovative and practical approach to a community problem or project in Wayne County.

Priority is given to projects that:
- Address a community problem or special project of some significance for which funding is needed but not available through the organization’s regular budget; and
- Show evidence of the qualifications and stability of the applicant organization.
- Have a broad reach, as represented by the number of people involved or affected, and/or demonstrates a significant importance or depth of impact to those who are involved or affected.
- Promote collaborative relationships between organizations in order to most effectively leverage resources and reduce duplication of services

With few exceptions, funding requests can be classified into one of the following categories:
- Seed/Startup: New organization or initiative seeking qualified charity status (seed) or having received it in the last three years (startup). Represents a new approach to a problem or opportunity that is not already in place.
- Bridge: Organizations or established programs in transition from one funding model to another or in need of temporary support until the regular funding model can be re-established.
- Special or One-Time Project or Event: A new program or initiative of an established organization or a one-time event/project with a specific dollar amount required for completion.
- Capital Improvement: Very similar to a Special or One-Time Project request, but involving major capital improvements to facilities or equipment
- Capacity Building: A program or initiative of an existing organization that is designed both to provide benefit to the community and advance the ability of the organization to do its work more effectively in the future.
- Sustaining: A recurring program or initiative of an existing organization that has received prior Foundation support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158615

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation expects to award up to $100,000 from its unrestricted funds and almost $190,000 from various field of-interest funds in this cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to receive funding, the applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization operating in Wayne County, Indiana or an organization whose project serves a very broad segment of the community. Other groups and government entities may also qualify, provided they are operating very broadly in the public interest and/or are aligned with a qualified charity that has agreed to serve as a fiscal sponsor.

No grants will be made that return private benefit to any individual or group of individuals that is disproportionate to the benefit provided to the community; support illegal activity; or threaten the Foundation’s qualified charity status.

In general, the Foundation will not fund requests for the following purposes in its traditional grantmaking cycle:
- Annual Fund Campaigns and/or Operating Funds
- Debt reduction
- Religious purposes or capital improvements to church-owned facilities
- Political activity
- Grants to individuals
- Individual travel
- Public school services required by state law
- Standard instructional or regular operating costs of non-public schools
- Organizations that have already received funding from the Foundation in a traditional cycle in the current calendar year
- Organizations that have an unexpended award still active from any prior traditional cycle for a purpose similar to the current application, except Capital Improvement Awards.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation may also announce dates of grant-writing workshops and an information session will be held February 26, 2020. Organizations interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to send representatives to the meeting or meet with the Program Officer.

For the Grant Workshop Powerpoint slides, please see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens – February 26, 2020
- Completed Application Deadline – March 23, 2020
- Board Approval of Grants – May 21, 2020

First-time applicants and those who have not been successful with previous online applications are required to contact the Foundation’s program officer, Lisa Bates, prior to applying. Please contact the Foundation before submitting a request greater than $15,000 (see attached policy).

Before submission of a full application, evidence of the approval by one of the applying organization’s Board officers is required. Applications should be submitted online, along with a project budget.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Lisa Bates, Program Officer
(765) 962-1638

Wayne County Foundation
33 South 7th Street
Richmond, IN 47374

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