Grant Application Procedure:

Deadlines for submission of grant proposals for 2021 are February 15, June 15 and October 15.  The Grants Committee reviews proposals and recommendations are made to the Board of Directors for approval.  Staff and/or Grants Committee members may visit the applicant organization as part of the review process.

The Foundation will prepare all copies for the Committee. For this reason, proposals should be turned into the Foundation office unbound, using only paperclips or binder clips (please do not staple any portion of the document).

Grant proposals for programs or projects should include the following, if applicable:

1. Title page

  • Organization’s name, address, and telephone number
  • Contact person and title
  • Project/program title and amount requested
  • Date of application

2. Proposal narrative

  • Issues project/program will address
  • Expectations of project/program
  • How many will benefit from project/program
  • Role for volunteers in project/program
  • Plan for evaluation of project/program
  • Signed endorsement of the proposal by the organization’s Board of Directors

3. Financial information

  • Budget for proposed project / program, including income and expense data
  • Minimum of two pricing quotes for equipment requested
  • Listing of other funding sources applied to and / or received for project / program
  • If applicable, how project / program will be funded in future

4. Organizational information

  • Brief history of organization, including mission and purpose*
  • List of officers and members of governing board, including addresses and telephone numbers
  • Year-end financial statement or audit; if more than six months since statement or audit, also include most recent financial statement
  • Copy of tax exemption from Internal Revenue Service*

*If the organization has previously applied to the Foundation for a grant, it is not necessary to resubmit this information unless a fundamental change has occurred within the document(s).

If, after reviewing theGrant Qualifications and Guidelines,you have any questions in the preparation of your proposal, please call the Foundation office at 260-824-8620.

The completed proposal and supporting materials may be mailed or delivered to the
Foundation Office, 222 West Market Street, Bluffton, IN 46714.