Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of Howard County
Grants to Howard County, Indiana nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of life for residents, specifically in the areas of health, education, culture, civic affairs, and community beautification. LOIs are due by January 19. First-time applicants must contact the Foundation to discuss grant proposals prior to submission.
In Howard County, the Foundation addresses needs that generally fall into the following categories:
- Health and Medical:
to include the support of health and medical related programs;
- Social Services:
to include the support of human service organizations, programs for children and youth and services to the aged;
to include support for programs in pre-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education, scholarships and for special education programs;
- Cultural Affairs:
to include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified county cultural program that offers widespread participation and appreciation;
- Civic Affairs:
to include support of programs related to criminal justice, community development, employment, citizen involvement, leadership training, and other general community activities;
- Community Beautification:
to include the support of projects that advocate, stimulate and support community vitality, beautification/environmental preservation and adornment.
The Foundation's grants program will emphasize change-oriented and focused types of grants. The grants program will be operated in accordance with the following guidelines and policies:
- That the Community Foundation of Howard County grants program will strive to anticipate the changing needs of the community and be flexible in responding to them;
- That it is change-oriented and problem-solving in nature with emphasis on "seed" money or pilot project support rather than for ongoing general operating support;
- That it supports innovative efforts and projects that offer far-reaching gains and widespread community results;
- That it coordinates with other funders and donors where possible, including using matching or challenge grant techniques;
- That, where possible, it closely relates and coordinates with the programs of other sources for funding such as the government, other foundations, and associations;
- That, where possible, it induces grant recipients to achieve certain objectives such as becoming more efficient, increasing fund-raising capabilities, delivering better products, etc.;
- Grants will be made only to organizations whose programs benefit the residents of Howard County and preference will be given to those projects that have high visibility in the community;
- Grants will be made only to organizations which provide for a responsible fiscal agent and adequate accounting procedures, and preference will be given to those projects that generate revenue and/or that have plans that sustain the project;
- Grantees are required to submit final evaluation reports to the Foundation. Grant applications from a previous grantee will not be considered if final reports have not been received for previous grants;
- Grants may be made to previous grantees. In a competitive situation with grants of equal value, preference may be given to organizations that have not received a recent grant;
- In a competitive situation, quality of the application will be used in the selection between grants that are otherwise The Community Foundation of Howard County typically does not award grants for:
* Normal operating expenses and/or salaries;
* Solely to individuals but grants can be made for the benefit of certain individuals for such purposes as scholarships and special programs through educational institutions and other sponsoring recipient organizations;
* Enabling individuals or groups of individuals to attend seminars or take trips except where there are special circumstances which will benefit the larger community;
* Sectarian religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs;
* Endowment purposes of recipient organizations;
* Projects which have been proposed by individuals or organizations responsible to advisory bodies or persons unless letters of recommendation or approval from those advisory bodies or persons accompany the grant proposals;
* New projects and/or equipment which were purchased prior to the grant application being approved;
These grant guidelines and policies apply only to the unrestricted philanthropic funds of the Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc. and not to those funds for which the beneficiary or beneficiaries have been designated by the donor or for which the donor has restricted the use of a particular fund to a specific charitable purpose or geographic area. Those designated and restricted funds will be administered separately in relation to their respective donor agreements.
Grant Evaluation Criteria:
In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation uses the following evaluation criteria:
- Does the purpose of the project fit with the purpose of the organization? Does the organization have the ability to implement this project?
- Is there an established need for the program or project in the community for which the grant is requested?
- How well has the purpose of the project been defined and who will be served by the project?
- Will the Foundation be able to tell whether its grant was used for the agreed-upon purpose? When completed, will the grantee know whether its project was effective?
- What kind of impact (measurable outcome) did the project have on the organization / clients / community? Is it a visible project?
- Is it appropriate for the Community Foundation of Howard County to make a grant for the requested purpose, or are there other more compatible sources for potential funding?
- Does the Community Foundation of Howard County have adequate resources to effectively respond to this need?
GrantWatch ID#: 180818
The Foundation welcomes grant applications from any 501(c)3 organization that is doing work to make the community a better place.
All applicants must receive pre-qualification prior to submitting an application.
Pre-qualification will consist of the following:
- The Community Foundation of Howard County no longer requires organizations that have filled out a grant application in the past five years to attend a community grants meeting. First-time applicants must contact the Foundation to discuss grant proposals prior to submission.
- The letter should contain a brief statement of the applicant's needs for assistance, estimate of total cost of project, and enough factual information to enable the Foundation to determine whether or not the application falls within the purview of its grants program. Please include a phone number and email address so these letters of inquiry can receive a prompt response.
Grant applications may be submitted to the Foundation by the below deadlines. Organizations must submit one original application, plus the twenty (20) copies required for review by the Grantmaking Committee of the Foundation. Required financial information should be submitted with the original application -- it does not need to be included in the application copies. Upon receipt of the application, the Foundation will confirm to the applicant organization that the application has been received, that the applicant organization may be contacted for additional information, an interview with the Grantmaking Committee, or a site visit if needed, and of the time period within which a grant decision will likely be made.
2018 Grant Cycle Dates:
Deadline Letter of Inquiry:
January 19, May 4, July 27, September 28
February 16, May 25, August 24, October 26
Grants Committee Meetings:
March 13, June 12, September 11, November 13
Board Action on Grants:
March 21, June 20, September 19, November 21
Please Note: The Community Foundation of Howard County no longer requires organizations that have filled out a grant application in the past five years to attend a community grants meeting. First-time applicants must contact the Foundation to discuss grant proposals prior to submission.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit the letter of inquiry by mail, fax, or email to Kim Abney at:
The Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc.
215 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46901
Fax: (765) 868-4123
For more information, please contact Kim Abney at the above email address or by calling (765) 454-7298.
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