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Community Impact Funding Initiative (CIFI) Grant

Grants to Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana Nonprofits, Schools,
Religious Organizations, and Agencies to Address Community Needs

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Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC)

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana nonprofit organizations, government units, schools, and religious organizations for initiatives that improve community life. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended for programs in a wide range of focus areas, such as arts and culture, social and health services, education, recreation, beautification and preservation, animal welfare, the environment, and community development opportunities.

For the 2020 grantmaking cycle, priority consideration will be given to projects and programs identified as priorities in the Monroe County Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan. For additional information, see:

The Foundation seeks to invest in projects that are forward thinking, community changing in their implementation, practical in their application and unique to the community. Highest priority in the evaluation of grant proposals is given to proposals that incorporate and embrace the following:

  • Innovative or transformative solutions to critical community issues
  • Collaboration across organizations and/or sectors to increase impact and effectiveness
  • Projects/programs that plan for long-term sustainability (when applicable).

The evaluation team will tend to respond more favorably to organizations and programs that:

  • Focus on solutions to problems rather than symptoms
  • Are innovative and transformative
  • Are proactive in responding to a need or opportunity
  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations within the community
  • Address and plan for the long-term sustainability of the program
  • Build the capacity of the organization to fulfill its mission, serve its clients, navigate growth, and change successfully
  • Leverage funds through the use of seed funding, matches, or challenge grants
  • Demonstrate the commitment of the requesting organization's governing board
  • Demonstrate the organization's fiscal responsibility and management qualifications
  • Will result in a significant improvement for the benefit of the community

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GrantWatch ID#: 180965

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of the grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Most grant funding periods are 12 to 18 months in length. In unusual, but necessary circumstances, it may be prudent for a grant funding period to extend for 1 to 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Impact grants will be made to local 501(c)(3) nonprofits and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501(c)(3) status. This includes units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations. Impact grants may be awarded to religious organizations for programs that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction.

One organization must be the lead organization and will be the applying organization. All collaborating organizations must confirm with their willingness and intent to participate in the program. Generally, this is most effectively accomplished by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding, which is attached to the grant agreement with the Community Foundation. An organization may submit multiple Letters of Intent and/or be a co-applicant with multiple organizations.

The Community Foundation does not consider requests for:
- Previously incurred debts
- Political campaigns
- Efforts to influence legislation of any governmental body other than through making available the results of nonpartisan analysis, study, and research

The Foundation typically does not fund requests for general operating support. Direct costs for operating the project or program may be eligible. General operating support for new or pilot programs may be considered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an Impact Grant workshop and information session on August 7 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Fountain Square Ballroom on the south side of the square in Bloomington.

The purpose of this event is to provide details regarding the priority focus area being the Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan, explain what the Community Foundation is looking for in a strong proposal, walk through the process, and answer any questions that you might have.

Please RSVP for this workshop by emailing Marcus Whited.

Pre-Application Information:

Interested applicants are asked to submit a two-page Letter of Intent by September 6, 2019, 5:30 PM. LOIs should be hand-delivered or sent via USPS or other carrier.

If you are invited by the Community Foundation to submit a full proposal, you will be provided instructions regarding how to access your online application. Full applications are due by October 30, 2019.

Organizations selected for funding will be notified by early December 2019, and will be asked to attend the Community Foundation Grant Reception on December 12, 2019.

August 7, 2019: Impact Grant workshop at Fountain Square Ballroom
September 6, 2019: Letters of Intent Due to Community Foundation
September 23, 2019: Selected Applicants Receive Invitations for Full Proposals
October 30, 2019: Full Proposals Due to Community Foundation
December 12, 2019: Grant Awards Announced; Funding Available

To confirm eligibility, applicants should contact Marcus Whited at the Foundation.

An organization may submit multiple Letters of Intent and/or be a co-applicant with multiple organizations.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the Letter of Intent to:

Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
Attention: Marcus Whited
100 South College Avenue, Suite #240
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

Marcus Whited
(812) 333-9016

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