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Annual Grants Program

Grants to Tipton County, Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Projects that Benefit the Local Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Tipton County Foundation (TCF)

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Grants to Indiana nonprofits, government entities, and educational institutions for programs that benefit the community of Tipton County and serve the needs of its residents. Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent at least a few weeks before the upcoming grant proposal deadline. Funding is for both the general unrestricted funds and field of interest philanthropic funds.

Government agencies, including entities supported by taxes such as public educational institutions or volunteer fire departments, may submit proposals for special resources or new initiatives.

Incorporated social service agencies may submit proposals covering a portion of their general operating expenses, but must still describe the major programs they provide and the benefits the community derives from them.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

- Address priority community concerns
- Are change-oriented and problem-solving in nature
- Assist grant recipients to achieve certain objectives that are measurable and have a transformational impact on their clientele
- Will have the greatest benefit per dollar granted
- Have the potential of encouraging donations from the general public through a match by the Foundation
- Have the potential of leveraging additional grants from other sources such as government and other foundations

Field of Interest funds:

Education Fund: One of these other sources is the Education Fund for projects related to education. Teachers, school staff, volunteers or other related groups may submit proposals for these education-specific grants.

Findling Legacy Fund: Another field of interest is the particular cause of “the neediest children,” whom the Foundation seeks to benefit through grants from the John B. Findling Legacy Fund. Traditionally, this fund has made small grants to sororities, service clubs and other organizations for special child-oriented programs, especially at holiday time. Agencies receiving a major grant from TCF should include any Findling-qualifying projects in their main annual proposal.

Arts & Culture Fund: The Arts & Culture Field of Interest Fund at the Tipton County Foundation is endowed to support a range of projects that enrich the quality of life. Life-transforming experiences of art appreciation, music, and theater can be made more affordable and available to all. Grants may provide concerts, exhibitions, matching grants for programs from the regional arts council, subsidies of field trip costs for students, or honoraria for guest artists at community events.

Tipton County Youth Development: A committee of Pioneer employees consider proposals from organizations that benefit the youth of Tipton County.

Senior Citizen Programming: Our fastest growing population segment, committed citizens, proud neighbors, with issues of health care, economic vitality, and productive ways to use their skills and knowledge. This fund can make money available for enriching seminars, trips, equipment, and other projects.

Developmental Disabilities Programming: When the Tipton County ARC ceased operations in 2009, they entrusted to TCF the care and future growth of the nest egg they had developed after years of fundraising and grants to assist special education teachers, organizations like Janus Development Centers, and such programs as the Special Olympics. Contributions from people and groups to sustain this support will grow this Fund for permanent benefits for our neighbors with special needs.

Agribusiness Endowment: The Agribusiness Field of Interest Fund at the Tipton County Foundation is endowed to support a range of projects that encourage individuals and groups to engage in education, research, and experiences that advance Agribusiness. This fund will be used to promote all aspects of Tipton County’s agricultural heritage and future. The scope of projects that it can fund may include gardening, 4-H and FFA, nutrition, family farming, livestock, forestry, seed production, research, marketing, soil and water conservation, the farmers’ market, renewable energy, attracting recent college graduates to return—and anything else prospective grantees may propose to add value to the effort to encourage this vocation.

Youth Philanthropy: When a student aged 6-22 plans to make a personally significant investment of their time, talent, and treasure in a cause that matters, and encourage others to do the same, the Foundation is eager to help him or her be effective. If they seek to involve others in volunteer work and fundraising, whether for a long-term or short period of time, their efforts could qualify for support of project expenses, grants that match the gifts of others, and technical support. This is the ideal approach for in school service clubs or societies, youth ministries, Eagle Scout candidates, and others who want to do some good, Young people should contact TCF in the early stage of their planning.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180271

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be made only:

- To groups which are nonprofit and charitable (including formal, informal, governmental, and ad hoc) and that serve the Tipton County community.
- To organizations that document their responsible fiscal management and adequate accounting procedures. These include a specific fundraising plan and current strategic plan.
- For projects or programs that are proposed in writing by the organization’s governing body.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for the following:

- Political purposes
- Programs or equipment that were committed to prior to the grant proposal period
- Debt reduction
- Annual appeals or membership contributions
- Building of Endowments, unless located at TCF
- Projects that benefit only a few persons
- Travel expenses for individuals or groups
- Past Grantees who are delinquent in reporting on a previous grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential grant seekers are encouraged to contact the Foundation prior to submitting a proposal to be certain the project qualifies for funding.

Statements of intent are always welcome, year-round, from groups engaged in charitable projects.

Proposals are due on January 15, April 1, August 1, and September 15, so inquiries should be made and statements of intent should be submitted a few weeks beforehand.

Payments to grantees are not made until after Board approval each quarter, usually the last week of March, May, September, and November.

Contact Information:

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

To submit a letter of intent, see the URL for Full Text link below.

For questions, contact:
Lori Tragesser , Community Development Officer
Phone: 765-675-1941

Tipton County Foundation
PO Box 412
Tipton, IN 46072

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Tipton County