Foundation / Corporation
Paul Ogle Foundation
Grants to Southern Indiana nonprofit organizations and public governmental agencies in eligible counties for programs and projects that improve the quality of life of area residents. Applicants must contact the Foundation and then submit an LOI prior to applying. Grants are generally given to organizations serving Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Switzerland, and Washington Counties in Indiana, and Jefferson County in Kentucky.*
*Please note that grants to Jefferson County, Kentucky organizations are limited only to those organizations that can show significant outreach to the citizens of the other Indiana Counties listed above. This means that the organization is currently serving a minimum of 15% of its client or customer base from the listed counties now or in the very near future.
Funding will specifically be provided for proposals addressing one or more of the four key areas of interest outlined below.
1. Economic Development: Promote the overall economic prosperity of Southern Indiana by investing in key infrastructural components like commerce, public works, and education along with other special projects that encourage community growth;
2. Human Needs: Strengthen the physical and mental well-being of the citizens while assisting those in the greatest of need;
3. Regionalism: Foster regional awareness and promote activities that accentuate cross-regional cooperation between the people, organizations, and nonprofit agencies;
4. Preservation: Stress the importance of preserving the artistic, historical, and cultural heritage of local communities for future generations.
The Paul Ogle Foundation historically gives higher grant funding priority towards requests for:
- Capital improvement and renovation projects
- Scholarship endowment programs
- Equipment and technology
- Limited Program Sponsorships
- Special projects or sponsorships as determined by the Foundation Board or staff
GrantWatch ID#: 179891
Payments and/or amounts could be spread out at the Board’s discretion over multiple years with a four year maximum. There are no expedites of payment nor granting of emergency funding, so please consider when making your grant request.
The Ogle Foundation gives only to non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or public governmental agencies. This does not include other private foundations as determined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as Type III Supporting Organizations. Please check with your accountant or attorney and in some cases, on the newer IRS determination 501(c)(3) letters for your specific “Type” classification.
All grant requests must show evidence that they directly impact the residents of Southern Indiana or fall within the following Counties: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Switzerland, and Washington Counties in Indiana, and Jefferson County in Kentucky.
Time Limits and the “Three-Year Rule”:
Organizations are limited to when they can apply for a grant based upon the last time they applied for a grant from the Foundation and the results of that grant request. This process was established to provide ample opportunities for other organizations to have access to the limited grant funding made available each year.
-36-Month Wait - Organizations with successful grant requests are limited to a 36-month waiting period before being allowed to submit a new grant request. The clock starts from the date that the first grant check is issued.
-12-Month Wait - Organizations with unsuccessful grant requests are limited to a 12-month period until you are allowed to reapply for this specific grant or submitting a totally new grant request. The start date begins from either the Board’s decision date or declination by the Foundation’s staff.
-In all cases, applicants will be notified by mail as to the decision date. Only the Foundation’s Board of Directors can override this rule and only upon unique circumstances or as specific events dictate will it be permitted.
Generally speaking, the Ogle Foundation does not provide grants to or for:
- Ongoing general operating expenses or existing operational deficits/debt reduction
- Payment of outstanding debts or delinquent taxes of any kind
- Direct grants to or support of individuals
- Direct loans to individuals or entities
- Research and development programs
- Public or private elementary and/or secondary school programs (K-12)
- Private two or four-year colleges and universities
- Churches and special advocacy related activities
- Hospitals and other similar health-related organizations
- Governmental assets and related items like vehicles, equipment or property
- New 501(c)3's defined as those with less than five years of active operations unless they have prior permission of foundation staff to submit a grant request
All grant requests must have the direct permission from the Ogle Foundation staff prior to sending any written grant request submission to the office. Any request submitted without prior approval of the Foundation staff will automatically be rejected nor acknowledged in writing as to its submission. Please be sure to call or email the Foundation early in the process.
There are no specific grant cycles for the Paul Ogle Foundation as it will accept unsolicited grant requests from eligible organizations throughout the year. The Board of Directors meets six times a year to consider all grant requests and applications for grants. Requests and subsequent grant applications must arrive at least three weeks prior to a scheduled Board meeting. See the table above for those Board Meeting and Submission Deadlines of this current year.
Grant Request/App Deadline :
February 19, 2018
April 23, 2018
June 25, 2018
August 20, 2018
October 22, 2018
November 19, 2018”
Board Meeting Date:
March 8, 2018
May 10, 2018
July 12, 2018
September 6, 2018
November 8, 2018 (Optional)
December 6, 2018
Upon receiving prior verbal or written approval from the staff, all grant submissions must have the direct involvement from the President/CEO/Director of the non-profit organization and/or have been appointed by that President/CEO for such tasks. No intermediaries or third-party consultant’s requests are accepted without prior approval from the submitting organization and concurrence from the Foundation Board or its staff.
The application process is a two-phase process:
Phase I: The Initial Grant Application Request
A brief letter of 4-5 pages describing your organization, the project for which you are seeking the Grant, the potential impact of the project, and how it fits within the Foundation’s grant making priorities. The Board of Directors will meet to discuss your proposal and if they determine that it falls within the Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic direction, the Board will recommend the Grant Application to be sent to your organization for completion. Letters of inquiry should be on the requesting organization’s letterhead and should not exceed five pages in length, excluding attachments.
Phase II: The Grant Application
The Foundation sends out the Foundation’s Grant Application for completion. This document is much more detailed, allowing you to expand on the goals of your project and why the foundation should fund it.
Please note that the entire grant process at the Foundation can take up to 6 months as it could involve numerous meetings and site visits. Grant payments are made in June and December of the year and funds for the organization’s projects should be budgeted accordingly.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mail Letters of Inquiry to:
Paul Ogle Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 845
Jeffersonville, IN 47131-0845
For more information, contact:
Kent W. Lanum, President & CEO
812.280.8372 ext. 2
Donna White Eswine, Executive Assistant
812.280.8372 ext. 5
321 East Court Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
USA: Indiana: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Switzerland, and Washington counties