Community Good Grants Program

Overview

Community Good grants provide funding 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 plans 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 issues and solving problems
  • Evidence of realistic organizational planning and management

Grant Cycle

We consider requests for grants on a yearly cycle which begins in February. We send information and announcements about our funding programs to nonprofit organizations that are on our mailing list (click here to sign up). The requirements and instructions provided here are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Foundation’s grant cycle, which will run from February through June.  Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2021 through the March 19, 2021 deadline.  Applications submitted after the March 19th deadline will not be considered. Grants are made possible by Community Good Unrestricted Funds and various Field of Interest Funds which support a wide variety of needs in Vanderburgh County.

Approximately $94,000 is available for the FY21 grant cycle.  At least 25% of the grant awards will be for proposals supporting family self-sufficiency (see further explanation below).

There is no minimum or maximum amount for grant proposals.  Historically, awarded grants range from $2,500 to $10,000.  Applicants are encouraged to request what they need to fully implement the proposed services.  Please recognize grants may be awarded for less than the full amount requested.

Grant Program Orientation Meeting

Participation in a grant orientation meeting is not required.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, if they are new to our grant process, desire an overview of the funding opportunity, or to ask specific questions. Contact Sidney at 812-429-1191 ext. 106 (office) or 812-573-1454 (cell) or by email at shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

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 Vanderburgh County. Applications from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need.  The applicant organization may be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor to receive the grant.

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

New Priority Area:  Family Self-Sufficiency

After a thorough community needs assessment process conducted in 2019, the Vanderburgh Community Foundation Advisory Board has identified poverty relief efforts, specifically family self-sufficiency, as a priority area for this grant cycle.  Family self-sufficiency occurs when a household has adequate income, without reliance on public or private assistance, and the knowledge and skill sets needed to cover the costs of working families.  These costs include housing, childcare, food, health care, transportation, taxes, and enough savings to cover an emergency. A minimum of 25% of the grants awarded will be for activities which support family self-sufficiency.

Proposals for family self-sufficiency projects should project a multi-year plan for addressing this priority need.  While the awarded grants will be for a 12 month period, family self-sufficiency grant recipients can apply for additional funding. To receive continued support during a multi-year project, grant recipients will be required to submit a grant proposal annually. Priority will be placed on continuity of funding for these projects and may be renewed annually for up to five years as determined by the effectiveness of the project.

Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Annual appeals or membership contributions
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment creation or debt reduction
  • Operating and overhead expenses which are not directly tied to the success of the proposed project or service.
  • Political parties or campaigns
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Scholarships
  • Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes

Deliberation

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation Grants Committee reviews all proposals and will develop funding recommendations for approval by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body). No lobbying or soliciting of grants committee members or board members will be permitted.

Award Announcement

All organizations submitting a completed grant application will be notified of the outcome of the Grants Committee’s deliberation in writing.

Reporting Procedures

A final report at project completion may be required by organizations whose applications are approved for funding. Instructions and any required forms will be provided at the time the grant is awarded.

Application Deadline

March 19, 2021

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