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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to Enhance the Quality of Life for Residents in Eligible Areas

City and County Progress Grants


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Funding Source
Shelbyville and Shelby County
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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana: Shelby County

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/01/23
Deadline: 08/01/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Indiana nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, and schools for activities that enhance the quality of life in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an interest form prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for charitable projects and programs in the focus areas of community and civic programs, arts and culture, education, youth, health, and social services. Eligible projects benefit the residents of Shelby County.
Organizations should ensure that one or more of the following components are a part of their project or program:
  • The program or project is innovative, transformational, and/or impactful.
  • The program or project is one that is proactive in responding to a local need or opportunity.
  • The program or project is solution-oriented and solves a pressing problem with documented needs.
  • The plan enhances cooperation and collaboration among multiple organizations within the community.
  • For larger requests, participation of other contributions by using matching challenges, government funding, grants from other foundations and associations, and /or private contributions are encouraged.
  • Demonstration of the commitment of the organizations governing board. Good board member attendance and contributions are important.
  • The project is sustainable and able to be funded by the organization in the future. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are awarded to local 501(c)3 nonprofits and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501 (c)3 status. Organizations without 501(c)3 designation must show documentation of charitable purpose. It is advisable to have a fiscal sponsor secured and have proper documentation outlining the fiscal sponsors responsibilities.

Units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations all qualify for funding. Religious organizations can only be awarded grants for projects that are non-proselytizing and do not promote the teachings of a particular church or denomination.

BRCF does not award grants to individuals.

Racino grants will not grant to:
- Organizational endowments
- Taxing entities or organizations that receive funding through taxes; such as schools, public libraries, etc.
- Expenses related to professional development or student enrichment opportunities.

In addition, the following are not eligible for funding:
• Projects that have already been started or completed will not be considered nor will previously incurred debts.
• Travel for educational or other purposes will not be considered.
• Projects that are considered part of a regular school curriculum will not be covered.
• Grants will not be made to create or augment organizational endowments or annual campaign drives.
• Political campaigns are not eligible for grants.
• General operating support is not typically eligible. Occasionally, general operating support may be provided for a new or pilot program.

Pre-Application Information
BRCF conducts one Racino grant cycle each year:
- Interest form deadline: July 1
- Application deadline: August 1

Grant applications must be received at the Foundation office no later than 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

An organization can expect a decision regarding its application within 90 days after the grant application deadline. All grant applicants will be notified in writing or by personal phone call of the Council’s funding decisions.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Contact Information

Direct questions to:
Jordan England, Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director
317.392.7955 X 10

Blue River Community Foundation for Shelby County
54 W. Broadway Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176

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