Community Good Grants Program

Overview

Funding requests are accepted once each year according to our grant cycle. Funding requirements may change from year to year; therefore, grantseekers are advised to revisit this page prior to beginning the grant application process. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project. Grants are made possible by Community Good Unrestricted Funds and Field of Interest Funds which support a wide variety of needs in Daviess County.

Grant Cycle

We consider funding requests for grants on a yearly cycle.  The requirements and instructions provided here are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Foundation’s grant cycle, which runs from June through October this year. Funding requests will be accepted from June 14, 2021 through the July 28, 2021 deadline. Applications submitted after the July 28 deadline will not be considered. For the 2021 grant cycle, requests must be focused on a project or program. General support requests are not eligible.

Grant Program Orientation Meeting

Prospective grant applicants are invited to schedule a meeting with Community Foundation staff to receive an overview of the funding opportunity and to ask specific questions. Contact the Community Foundation office or the Community Foundation Alliance Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement, Melinda Waldroup, at mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org to schedule an orientation meeting.

Eligibility

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving the county. Requests from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered for project/program support provided the project/program is charitable and supports a community need.

Fiscal Sponsors

Organizations applying for a grant under the auspices of a verified 501(c)(3) public charity acting as fiscal sponsor (learn more about fiscal sponsors) are required to provide a written statement signed by the fiscal sponsor’s board president confirming agreement to receive grant monies if awarded and to oversee the proposed program/project.

Program Areas Considered for Funding

Please visit our Program Areas  page for details about the kinds of projects and programs supported through our Community Good Grants Program.

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Other Civic Endeavors, such as the Environment, Recreation, and Youth Development

Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Political parties or campaigns
  • Endowment creation or debt reduction
  • Operating costs (Costs that keep the organization running and the doors open, i.e., general computer software or hardware, staff salary, general office supplies or equipment, utilities, etc. However, operating costs directly related to the program/project of a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered.)
  • Capital campaigns (Large capital projects that may take several years to complete where there is no defined area for use of the grant)
  • Annual appeals or membership contributions
  • Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes

Deliberation

The grants committee will make its recommendations on funding to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance. No lobbying or soliciting of grants committee members or board members will be permitted.

Award Announcement

All organizations that have submitted grant applications will receive an email notification of the outcome of the grants committee’s deliberation by early November.

 Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the application (as a Microsoft Office document such as Word or Excel or as a PDF document).

Attachment 1: Current board roster with professional affiliations

Attachment 2: Organization’s current annual operating budget

Attachment 3: Most recent financial statement (i.e. Statement of Financial Position and/or Statement of Activities)

Attachment 4: Fiscal sponsor agreement letter, if applicable

Application Deadline

July 28, 2021 (Extended to August 3, 2021)

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