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Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for Education, Human Services, Culture, and Health

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF)

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 4:00 PM Local Time Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 and larger grants of up to $40,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, educational organizations, and government agencies to benefit communities in the City or Aurora, and Ohio and Ripley Counties. Applications will be considered in the areas of human services, community development, cultural affairs, education, and health and medical.

The Foundation’s grantmaking generally falls into the following categories:

-Community Development: To include support of projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, housing, historic preservation, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities;

-Education: To include support for programs in pre-school, elementary, and secondary education, post-secondary education, and for special education programs, including scholarship programs;

-Human Services: To include the support of human service related programs in the areas of children and youth, senior citizens, disadvantaged populations, etc.;

-Cultural Affairs: To include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified regional cultural program that offers wide-spread opportunities for participation and appreciation;

-Health and Medical: To include the support of health and medical-related programs.

Preference will be given to change-oriented and problem-solving grants with an emphasis on “seed” money and/or one-time grants rather than for on-going, general operating support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179718

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation accepts requests up to $5,000, as well as requests up to $40,000.

Generally, grants will not exceed $40,000 other than on rare occasions due to their exceptional merits in terms of extreme emergencies, unusual and broad community benefit, and/or major leveraging of other financial resources.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant applicants must qualify as exempt organizations under the Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status or be sponsored by such organizations or qualify as governmental or educational entities or possess similar attributes.

Grants will be made only to organizations whose projects and programs benefit the residents of Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora.

Grants will be made only to organizations which provide for adequate administrative and financial accounting and reporting procedures.

No grants will be made specifically for sectarian religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs.

No grants will be made to attempt to influence legislation or to intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Generally, grants will not be made for projects, programs, and/or equipment which were committed to prior to the grant applications being submitted.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due in the Foundation office by 4:00 PM local time on January 15.

Quarterly Deadlines:

First Quarter Schedule:
-January 15: Application Deadline
-March 31: Notice to applicants of Board of Director’s Actions

Second Quarter Schedule:
-April 15: Application Deadline
-June 31: Notice to applicants of Board of Director’s Actions

Third Quarter Schedule:
-July 15: Application Deadline
-September 30: Notice to applicants of Board of Director’s Actions

Fourth Quarter Schedule:
-October 15: Application Deadline
-December 31: Notice to applicants of Board of Director’s Actions

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation utilizes a formal grant application form that requires the addition of several indicated attachments. These forms and application instructions are available at the Foundation office or call to request e-mailed forms.

Preference will be given to grant applications that seek the participation of other contributions by using challenge, matching, or similar grant techniques (grant applicants are expected to make serious efforts in exploring additional funding for their respective projects through their own organizational resources, state and local government support, community and/or private foundations, etc.).

Organizations can submit requests up to $40,000. For requests up to $5,000, there is a shorter application to complete.

The Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis in accordance with the schedule listed. Emergency grant applications may be considered by the Foundation in between these quarterly meetings based upon compelling merits and time constraints related to the grant requests as determined by the Foundation Board of Directors and staff.

Because the grant guidelines, policies, and procedures are brief and do not cover every aspect of the Rising Sun Regional Foundation grantmaking program, prospective grant applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation with any questions which they may have prior to completing and submitting a formal application.

Grant Applications, Guidelines, and Policies:

Contact Information:

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

Jascia Redwine, Executive Director

Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF)
218 S. Walnut St.
PO Box 199
Rising Sun, IN 47040

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Ohio and Ripley Counties; City of Aurora