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Community Assist Grants and Community Catalyst Grants

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities for
Programs to Benefit the Residents of Clark and Floyd Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI)

Deadline Date:

12/31/18 Noon


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and grants ranging from $5,001 to $15,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, and local units of governments for programs that benefit the residents of Clark and Floyd counties.

Funding is available at two levels:

- The Community Assist Grant is to support a program or activity through a one-time grant ranging between $1,000 and $5,000.

- The Community Catalyst Grant is to support a program or project that is more detailed and strategic to the organization with the potential for a much bigger impact on the target population in the community. These range from $5,001 to $15,000.

The Foundation intends for Assist and Catalyst Grants to fund innovative or creative projects with significant impact on the community served by the nonprofit.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174106

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations can apply for either a Community Assist Grant ($1,000 - 5,000) or Community Catalyst Grant ($5,001 – $15,000).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All nonprofit agencies providing services to residents of Clark and Floyd Counties in Indiana are eligible to apply. Applicants must be listed in good standing on the IRS Publication 78 Business Master File and must have completed the annual filing with the Secretary of State. Schools, religious organizations, some civic organizations, and local governmental units may be exempt from this requirement. Applicants should be able to present their IRS Letter of Determination (LOD) indicating their status as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

The Foundation will only accept applications from an agency that has been in business for a minimum of two years.

An organization that has received a grant from the Community Grants Program will not be eligible to apply for another grant for 12 months after the award date.

The following are not typically funded:
- Annual appeals, endowment funds, membership contributions, or fundraising events
- Existing obligations, loans or debt retirement
- Reimbursement for expenses already incurred for a project, program, or initiative prior to the grant award long-term operation support
- Medical, scientific, or academic research
- Individuals
- Operating and construction costs at schools, universities, and private academies unless there is significant opportunity for community use or collaboration
- Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion, with the exception of projects that benefit the broader community, preserve a historical site, or respond to an immediate health or safety related problem, or construction projects of churches and other religious institutions
- Political campaigns, advocacy or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
- Services commonly regarded as the responsibility of governmental agencies and funded through ta revenues, such as fire and police protection
- Travel for individuals, bands, sports teams, classes, and similar groups
- It is not a priority of the Foundation to fund requests for routine business operating expenses through either level of community grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations can apply for either an Assist Grant or Catalyst grant, but not both and organizations cannot receive more than one award per year.

Catalyst Grant applicants must submit an online Letter of Intent in order to be considered for funding. If selected to proceed in the application process, a full application and potentially an in-person interview will be requested.

All applications and LOIs must be submitted through the Foundation's online system.

Grant applications are open year-round with quarterly deadlines and awards. This allows organizations to apply for grants to fulfill their needs when the time is right for them. All applications must be submitted by noon on the last day of each quarter.

Application Deadlines
- Period 1 / March 31 at Noon - For all applications completed January – March. Notifications sent mid-late May.
- Period 2 / June 30 at Noon - For all applications completed April – June. Notifications sent mid-late August.
- Period 3 / September 30 at Noon - For all applications completed July – September. Notifications sent mid-late November.
- Period 4 / December 31 at Noon - For all applications completed October – December. Notifications sent mid-late February.

Grant applications submitted for programs or projects for schools are required to provide a letter of support from the Principal or Superintendent.

Grant will be reviewed quarterly and awards made in the quarter immediately following.

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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.

Apply online:

Crystal Gunther, Director of Community Philanthropy
(812) 948-4662

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
4108 Charlestown Road
New Albany, IN 47150

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Clark and Floyd County