Johnson County Community Foundation Grant

Grants to Johnson County, Indiana Nonprofits
and Agencies to Benefit Local Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 180130
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF)

08/04/17 5:00 PM - for Small Grants only

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and grants ranging from $15,000 and $25,000 to Johnson County, Indiana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that meet community needs. Consideration will be given to activities that are community changing, forward thinking, unique to the community, and practical.

Programs must be collaborative in nature and show multiple relationships for delivery of the program to Johnson County residents. The program outcomes must be measurable and show how an impact has been made on lives of the population served or that a foundation has been established for future growth of services to a defined population.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

- Address priority community concerns
- Are change-oriented and problem-solving in nature
- Will have the greatest benefit per dollar granted
- Have the potential of leveraging additional grants from other sources such as government and other foundations
- Assist grant recipients to achieve certain objectives

Funding Levels and Cycles:

The Spring cycle Big Impact Grants or the “BIGs” will focus on programs that provide services that are forward thinking, community changing, practical, and unique to the community. These requests must be for funding between $15,000 and $25,000.

The Fall cycle or the “Smalls” will be structured like JCCF’s traditional grant cycles except that the grant requests cannot exceed $10,000 for any one program. All other policies and procedures will remain the same as in prior years.

The President and CEO may approve a grant request up to $1,000 for an emergency situation or an emerging program that falls outside a regular grant cycle. In rare, unique situations, a request may go above $1,000 but only after approval by both the President and CEO and the Chair of the Grants Committee.

Spring Grant Cycle Requests may be $15,000 to $25,000.

Fall Grant Cycle Requests may be $1,000 to $10,000.

Emergency or emerging needs grant requests of up to $1,000 will be accepted outside a regular cycle.

A qualifying organization must fit into the following categories to be considered for funding: a 501(c)(3), government entities, or qualified organizations delivering charitable programs or services.

Grants Eligibility:

- Only nonprofit charitable programs and projects that serve the Johnson County community are considered for funding.
- Grants will be made only for projects/programs that are certified in writing by the chair of the organization’s governing body.

The Foundation generally does not make grants for the following (As Per JCCF Policies):

- Ongoing operating expenses except on a short-term basis when support is critical to the survival of a key agency or program
- Programs/equipment that were committed to prior to the grant application period
- Debt reduction
- Annual appeals or membership contributions
- To or for projects/organizations benefiting individuals or a few persons
- Travel expense for individuals or groups
- Support of public or private educational institutions or government agencies except in special situations where support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs
- Religious purposes or programs requiring religious participation
- Political purposes
- Endowment building

Priority will be given to projects that the potential of leveraging additional grants from other sources such as government and other foundations.

Organizations interested in submitting a grant request must first submit a Letter of Inquiry which helps the Foundation determine whether or not the request meets the required guidelines and policies. Full applications may be submitted by invitation only.

Grants are awarded in two cycles during the calendar year:

Spring Grant Cycle - Closed
The spring cycle or the “Big Impact Grants: BIGs will focus on programs that provide services that are collaborative, forward thinking, community changing, practical and unique to the community (specific criteria is listed in the Letter of Inquiry).

Fall Grant Cycle – Letter of Inquiry due August 4, 2017 at 5:00pm via email. If the grant application does not meet the criteria or policies above, the nonprofit grant applicant will not be invited to complete a full grant application. If invited to complete a full application for the spring cycle, organizations will be notified by Friday August 11, 2017.

No Specific Deadline – Emergency or emerging needs grants applications may be submitted outside a regular cycle.

Grant Policies:


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

Submit the LOI via email to Stephanie Fox, Program Officer, at

Johnson County Community Foundation
398 South Main Street
P.O. Box 217
Franklin, IN 46131


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