Men’s Fund Grants Program

The Men’s Fund grant cycle opens in June/July of each year. At the start of each grant cycle, we send information to local media and an email announcement to nonprofit organizations on our mailing list.

We leave the information on this page year-round as a resource for grant-seekers, but the contents are to be considered current only when there is a date listed under “Deadline to Submit Applications” below.


Interested organizations may submit only one application for a program or project as defined below. After a deliberation process that begins with a review of applications, the Men’s Fund will award one impact grant aimed at improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County. Proposals can be for either program activities or capital projects that benefit underserved residents of Vanderburgh County. Consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate:

  • Commitment to long-range planning, financial stability, and sustainability
  • Sound plan to address ongoing or emerging issues that have been identified by research
  • Solid, realistic plan for 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 from governmental agencies serving Vanderburgh County. Nonprofit organizations that are not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the proposal is charitable and meets the criteria described on this page. In such cases, the applicant organization will be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor (see below). Past recipients of the Impact Grant must wait two years before applying again.

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.

Areas Considered for PROGRAM Funding

  • Community Development: new or existing activities that improve the community’s economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being.
  • Education: new or existing activities that promote or strengthen educational attainment, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Health: new or existing activities that improve health outcomes.
  • Human Services: new or existing activities that improve public protection, employment, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, and disaster preparedness and relief.
  • Endowment Creation: a portion of the grant may be used to establish an endowment to provide a future funding source for the program.
  • Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for families in Vanderburgh County.

To ensure long-term organizational stability, program grants are intended to supplement, not supplant, existing operations, staffing, and initiatives. They may include funding for:

  • A planning phase
  • Temporary or contractual project personnel
  • Travel for conferences or site visits
  • Participant travel appropriate to program initiatives
  • Consultant fees
  • Supplies and equipment
  • Construction necessary to accomplish goals (no more than 10% of the total program budget may be used for capital expenditures)
  • Administrative costs specific to the program (postage, space rental, copying)

Areas Considered for PROJECT (Capital) Funding

  • Capital projects (construction, renovation, or improvement projects) that will be completed within two years from the date of grant award
  • Endowment Creation: a portion of the grant may be used to establish an endowment to provide a future funding source for the project.

Program or Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Requests for funding to reduce or retire debt of the organization.
  • Programs or projects that focus solely on the spiritual needs and growth of a church congregation or members of other religious organizations.
  • Political parties or campaigns.
  • Operating costs not directly related to the proposed program (the organization’s general operating expenses including equipment, rent, and utilities).
  • Event sponsorships, annual appeals, and membership contributions.
  • Scholarships or other grants to individuals.

Deliberation and Award

The Men’s Fund grants committee will review applications and select approximately nine semifinalists.  These organizations will be asked to participate in a site visit prior to the committee’s final deliberations. After the committee has completed site visits and review of proposals, three organizations will be selected as finalists and will be invited to give an oral presentation of their proposals at the Men’s Fund annual meeting in October. After hearing presentations, the Men’s Fund membership will cast their votes, and the organization whose proposal receives the majority of votes will be awarded the Men’s Fund Impact Grant at the annual meeting. No lobbying or solicitation of Men’s Fund representatives is permitted.

Deadline to Submit Applications

July 30, 2021, at 5:00 pm

2021 Award Amount

The Men’s Fund 2021 Impact Grant will be between $15,000 and $25,000. Remaining finalists may receive grants in recognition of the depth and quality of their proposals.

Grant Period

Funded programs and projects must begin within six months of award and be completed within two years from the date the grant is received.


For further information or assistance:
Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
(812) 429-1191, ext. 106  |  (812) 573-1454