Community Good Grants Program

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation Community Good Grants Program has closed for FY18 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018).  The grant review process may return to an annual grant cycle for FY19.  A notice will be emailed to organizations on our mailing list once the Foundation Advisory Board has made a decision.

We send information and announcements about our funding programs to nonprofit organizations that are on our mailing list (click here to sign up).


Community Good grants provide funding ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to charitable organizations for new or ongoing programs and projects that meet a broad range of local needs. Consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate:

  • Commitment to long-range planning, financial stability and sustainability
  • Solid, realistic plan for program/project evaluation
  • Desire to promote collaboration among organizations or institutions to prevent duplication of services
  • Project methodology utilizing a preventative approach to addressing the issue and solving problems
  • Evidence of realistic organizational planning and management


Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and to governmental agencies serving Vanderburgh County. Consideration may be extended to nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity provided the program/project is charitable and supports a community need. In such cases, the applicant organization may be required to apply under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor.

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 complete details about the kinds of projects and programs supported through our Community Good Grants Program.

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Generational Poverty
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Public Recreation
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Youth Development

Program Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Religious organizations for strictly religious purposes
  • Political parties or campaigns
  • Endowment creation or debt reduction
  • Capital campaigns
  • Operating costs not directly related to the proposed project
  • Annual appeals or membership contributions
  • Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes
  • Scholarships


Funding requests will be reviewed quarterly. All applicants will receive notification of the outcome of the review process. No lobbying or solicitation of Foundation representatives is permitted.


For further information or assistance:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
(812) 429-1191, Ext 3  |  (812) 455-8220