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Challenge Match Program Grant

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Wayne County Foundation

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Opportunity for Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to participate in a fundraising campaign. Participants will receive matching funds based on donations received. Funding is intended to encourage charitable giving in the community. Eligible organizations must be located in Wayne County.

The Wayne County Foundation’s Challenge Match Initiative grew out of a need to help local not-for-profit organizations raise unrestricted operating dollars more efficiently. It quickly became a means to help organizations strengthen their development functions and a fun way for donors to express which charities are most important to them. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 158616

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only 501(c)(3) organization located in Wayne County that are in good standing with the IRS and the Wayne County Foundation are eligible to apply.

In order to participate, organizations must:
- Be located in Wayne County;
- Be in good standing with the IRS and the Foundation;
- Have some previous relationship with the Foundation.

Gifts of personal or real property, donated services, or other in-kind gifts do not qualify for the Match.

Pre-Application Information:

- July 26-28: Information sessions
- July 30: Application Opens
- August 16: Application deadline
- August 20 – September 6: Committee review
- September 8-14: Grant Committee meets
- September 16: Board approves participants; Participants notified; Press release
- September 20-24: Meeting with participants
- November 1– November 9: Match period (9 days)
- November 23: Tracking sheet and Certification cover letter due
- December 6: Deadline to mail all thank you letters and send email stating date of mailing.
- December 16: Report to the Board
- December 21: All distributions made

How it works:
- Participating organizations are given the opportunity to secure a dollar-for-dollar match from the Foundation, up to a specified match goal, based on qualifying gifts they receive from the community in a designated period of time.
- Match goals are assigned based on the organization’s request and the Foundation’s assessment of the application. These goals represent the dollar amount the Foundation will match, and essentially, the maximum amount an organization can expect to receive from the Foundation. In no way, however, do they limit the total amount of money an organization can raise. Gifts up to $1,000 per person per organization received during the designated match period qualify for the match.
- Match goals have threshold amounts associated with them. These thresholds must be achieved to trigger a dollar-for-dollar match from the Foundation up to the amount of the match goal. Dollars raised over and above the goal are not matched.
- Gifts must be received during the Match Period in the form of cash, check, credit card, or publicly-traded securities.

Contact Information:

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

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

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