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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for
Programs that Improve the Lives of Area Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

09/15/20 4:00 PM - Receipt


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to improve the quality of life of local residents. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent at least 15 days prior to the deadline. Funding is intended for charitable projects and programs that will have a major impact on the local community. The Foundation welcomes grant applications from any nonprofit organization that benefits Rush County or its citizens.

The Foundation generally favors grant requests which:

  • Impact a substantial number of people in the community
  • Propose practical solutions to current problems or address a current community interest
  • Are preventative rather than remedial in nature
  • Examine and address underlying causes of local needs
  • Encourage cooperation and elimination of duplicate services
  • Stimulate volunteer involvement

The Foundation also invites applications to help fund new organizations who seek to meet demonstrated need or to benefit the community through creative and innovative projects and programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158785

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation generally favors organizations which are established agencies tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

RCCF recognizes that other types of exempt organizations also exist to benefit the community, like youth athletic groups, civic groups, and others. In rare instances, RCCF may give grants to these types of organizations if the funds will be used for a charitable purpose. If you feel that your agency qualifies and could use assistance, please contact the office. RCCF does pay vendor-direct if non 501(c)(3) agencies receive funds for project expenses. In such cases, the foundation must demonstrate expenditure responsibility to the IRS, a process in which the foundation must file several reports certifying that the funds were spent solely for charitable purposes as described in the grant proposal. Due to these additional requirements, RCCF is cautious when making grants to organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status. RCCF's suggestion is to find a fiscal sponsor, a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status. This enables the organizations and/or projects to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under your sponsor’s exempt status.

As a general rule, it does not make grants from unrestricted funds for the following:
- Ongoing operating expenses or annual fundraising drives
- Existing obligations, debt reduction or building campaigns
- Individuals or travel expenses
- Multi-year grants or repeat funding
- Advocacy or political purposes
- Religious or sectarian purposes
- Loans or endowments

The Rush County Community Foundation does not discriminate in matters of age, race, religion, sex or native origin and expects that grant applicant observe like standards.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant seekers for unrestricted funds must submit a Letter of Intent 15 days before the deadline and before submitting a grant application.
- Cycle I Letter of Intent due May 1st by 4:00 PM
- Cycle II Letter of Intent due September 1st by 4:00 PM
- A staff member from the RCCF will notify you if your request is accepted or declined. If accepted, your next step is to complete the grant application.
- Cycle I grant application due May 15th - Received by 4:00 PM
- Cycle II grant application due September 15th - Received by 4:00 PM
- Grant Application deadlines that fall on a weekend will be extended to the following business day

Once the application and required documentation and copies have been submitted, a RCCF staff member will contact you to set up a time for your presentation to the Grants Committee. Your 15-minute presentation provides an opportunity to showcase your program and request. The Grants Committee may ask questions to better understand the impact of your application.

The Foundation staff will be available to discuss projects and programs. They will also assist applicants throughout the process. All communication with the Foundation from grant applicants regarding potential or current grant requests shall be made through the Foundation office. Contact with individual board or grant committee members, other than during the scheduled interview or site visit process, may render the proposal invalid.

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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.

Submit a Letter of Intent to

Rush County Community Foundation
117 North Main Street
Rushville, IN 46173
Phone 765-938-1177
Fax 765-938-1719

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