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Grants to Allen County, Indiana Nonprofits and Agencies
for Agency Support or Technology Support Requests

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Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

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Deadline Date:

08/28/18 3:00 PM


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Grants to Allen County, Indiana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of life for local residents. Concept Letters are due by July 9. Funding will be provided for either agency support requests or for technology support requests.

Agency Support:

Agency support grants will be provided for general operating support or existing programs and projects. Agency support requests are eligible for multi-year awards of up to $75,000 a year for three years, totaling no more than $225,000. Agencies that receive a multi-year award are not eligible to receive another agency support grant until the multi-year grant has expired.

Technology Support:

Technology Support grants will be provided for the purchase of computers, computer-related technology, telephone systems, audiovisual systems, security systems, etc. Technology support requests are eligible for single year awards of up to $50,000. Technology requests with support from more than one funder are encouraged.

Please Note:

An agency can only apply for one grant, unrestricted agency support or technology support, in a 12-month period. Exceptions to the one grant per organization, per 12-month policy, may be made in cases when the organization requesting funding serves as the fiscal sponsor for another organization. The maximum grant award normally does not exceed the amounts referenced above. It is strongly suggested that requests not exceed these guidelines.


The Community Foundation encourages requests that are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups, increase coordination and cooperation among agencies, and reduce unnecessary duplication of services.

Preference is given to funding requests that:

- Address priority community concerns;
- Encourage more effective use of community resources;
- Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems;
- Are intended to strengthen the management capabilities of agencies; and
- Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs.

Please note the following regarding Economic Development Requests:

Grants made for economic development purposes are intended to stimulate Allen County’s economic vitality. Grants may be awarded to specific municipal, government, or nonprofit projects and organizations that have a direct positive impact on the economic development of Allen County communities that meet certain criteria. The ultimate goal of an economic development grant is to help create vibrant, economically-integrated neighborhoods and to increase opportunities for low-income residents, ultimately improving quality of life.

Economic development grant recipients, whether direct or indirect, must serve the poor, distressed, or disadvantaged in some way. The Community Foundation must ensure that any grant made will provide a public benefit and not serve private interests. To ensure that funds are furthering a charitable purpose, economic development grants must generally fit into one or more of the categories listed below. Charitable activities may, and often do, serve more than one of these purposes. Promoting economic development is not, by itself, a charitable purpose. Any economic or community development grant proposal must have a clearly identified charitable purpose.

IRS recognized charitable purposes:
- Relief of the poor and distressed or of the underprivileged;
- Advancement of education or science;
- Erection or maintenance of public buildings, monuments, or works;
- Lessen the burdens of government; and
- Promote social welfare, eliminate discrimination, or combat community deterioration.

For a grant by the Community Foundation to be considered charitable, it must achieve one of the IRS-listed purposes. The Community Foundation must ask itself, at every point, can we state the charitable purpose for which this grant will be used.

Legally the Community Foundation may not support activities that have a “substantial” non-charitable purpose or result in inurement to private entities or persons. Unfortunately there is no clear method to differentiate substantial from insubstantial; each request must be evaluated on its specific facts and circumstances. The key is to make certain the primary focus and beneficiaries of the grant area a broad-based group that fits within the tax code definition of a charitable purpose. Examples of projects that fit the legal definition of charitable purpose include:

- Encouraging businesses to locate new facilities in economically depressed areas;
- Construction or renovation of housing for low income families;
- Buying blighted land and converting it into an industrial park by providing tenant businesses with attractive lease terms but binding them to hire and train local unemployed persons;
- Programs that benefit the disabled by providing training and/or job opportunities;
- Development of a blighted area into a biotechnological research and development center;
- Support to attract new industry to the community or encourage development of, or retention of, an industry in the community that is for the public benefit;
- Preservation and renovation of an historic attraction in a blighted area;
- Scientific research aimed at attracting new industry to the community for the revitalization of a depressed residential area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180575

Estimated Size of Grant:

Agency support requests are eligible for multi-year awards of up to $75,000 a year for three years, totaling no more than $225,000.

Technology support requests are eligible for grants of up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Agency support requests are eligible for multi-year awards for three years. Agencies that receive a multi-year award are not eligible to receive another agency support grant until the multi-year grant has expired.

Technology support requests are eligible for single year awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations that have federal tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(3) public charity or to government agencies. The nonprofit or government agency must serve the Allen County area.

No grants are made to individuals other than those made through designated scholarship funds.

An agency can only apply for one grant, unrestricted agency support, or technology support, in a 12-month period.

Additionally, the Foundation does not respond to annual appeals for support or to widely circulated, generalized funding requests. Although the Community Foundation does not award grants from the competitive process for religious purposes, grants for religious purposes may be awarded from other funds at the Community Foundation. Grants from other funds will be made in accordance to their specific guidelines.

To receive a grant from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments, your organization must affirm that no person is excluded from services due to discriminatory reasons including race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.

The Community Foundation cannot meet every community need. We do not make grants from the Community Impact Fund or the Clarke Endowment Fund for the following:

- Annual fund drives;
- Operating deficits or after-the-fact support;
- Endowment funds, except for endowment–building matching grants for funds held at the Community Foundation;
- Direct or grassroots lobbying;
- Religious purposes;
- Hospitals, medical research, or academic research;
- Public, private, or parochial educational institutions, except in special situations when support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs;
- Governmental agencies, including public school systems, except in special situations when support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs;
- Limited special-interest organizations, except when such support significantly benefits the disadvantaged; and
- Funding for sponsorships, special events, commercial advertising, films or videos, television programs, conferences, group uniforms, or group trips.

Faith-Based Applicants:

The Community Foundation, with its mission to “serve all the people of Allen County,” provides funding to faith-based groups that meet certain guidelines through the Community Impact Fund and the Clarke Endowment Fund as well as various other funds it manages. The Community Impact Fund and the Clarke Endowment Fund allow funding to religious organizations for charitable purposes; the funds do not allow funding for religious purposes.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grantseekers Workshop:

Grantseekers invited to apply for funding are encouraged to attend an informal meeting designed to help with any remaining questions about completing the grant application. Dates for the grantseekers’ workshop are noted on the yearly schedule. Attendance is not a requirement and is open only to those grantseekers selected to submit applications for the current funding quarter. Grantseekers may bring a draft of their application package to the workshop to ask specific questions or may get general advice as needed.

Pre-Application Information:

The Community Foundation accepts grant requests year-round. Grant recommendations are approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors four times a year and applicants are notified immediately after the Board determinations.

The Foundation strongly encourages grantseekers to submit their concept letters as early as possible. The Foundation does not accept emailed or faxed concept letters. Please schedule enough time to secure the required signatures for the Concept Letter Fact Sheet. In fairness to all, the Foundation does not accept late and/or incomplete concept letters for any reason.

Staff will process the request and notify you on how to proceed. Those grantseekers selected to complete an application will be provided with the appropriate grant application: agency support or technology support. The program staff will be available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have.

Grant Schedule:

Concept Letters Due: July 9, 2018 before 3:00 PM
Invited Applications Due: August 28, 2018 before 3:00 PM
Board Meeting Date: November 8, 2018


Contact Information:

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

Funding questions can be directed to Christine Meek, Director of Programs, at or Annette Smith, Grants Manager,

555 E. Wayne St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone Number: 260-426-4083
Fax Number: 260-424-0114

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Allen County