Fund Details
Community Grant Fund

Description:

Prefer requests of $25,000 and below, but the grant committee will consider larger requests.

The Henry County Community Foundation accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations serving Henry County, Indiana. Only organizations who attended the grant workshop are eligible to apply. (2020 spring workshop is on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 4 pm.  Attendance of one representative per organization is required.)

Community Grant Categories:
The Henry County Community Foundation addresses the broad needs of Henry County which include, but are not limited to, the following five categories:
  1. HEALTH AND MEDICAL – to include the support of hospitals, rehabilitation centers, not-for-profit health and medical related programs including safety and wellness and recreational programs;
  2. SOCIAL SERVICES – to include the support of human service organizations, programs for children and youth, and services to the aged;
  3. EDUCATION – to include support for programs in pre-school, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, scholarships, and special education programs;
  4. CULTURAL AFFAIRS – to include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified county cultural program that offers widespread opportunities for participation and appreciation; and
  5. CIVIC AFFAIRS – to include the support of programs and facilities related to criminal justice, community development, employment, citizens’ involvement, leadership training, and other community activities.


Grant Guidelines, Policies and Application Process


In order for the Henry County Community Foundation to fulfill it's philanthropic responsibilities in Henry County and best utilize it's resources, the foundation’s Grant Program emphasizes change-oriented and focused types of grants. The Grants Program will be operated in accordance with the following guidelines and polices.

   1.  GRANT GUIDELINES 

a.  That the Foundation’s grants program will strive to anticipate the changing needs of the community and be flexible in responding to them;

b.  That it be change-oriented and problem-solving in nature with emphasis on project support rather than for ongoing general operating support;

c.  That it will focus on those types of grants which will have the greatest benefit per dollar granted;

d.  That it encourage the participation of other contributions by using matching challenges and other grant techniques;

e.  That, where possible, it closely relates and coordinates with the programs of other sources for funding such as the government, other foundations, and associations;

f.  That, where possible, it will induce grant recipients to achieve certain objectives such as becoming more efficient, increasing fundraising capabilities, delivering better products, etc.


   2.  GRANT POLICIES

a.  That grants applications will be accepted only from organizations who attend the spring or fall grant workshops;

b.  That grants will be made to organizations whose programs benefit the residents of Henry County, Indiana;

c.  That grants will be made only to organizations which provide for a responsible fiscal agent and adequate accounting procedures;

d.  That no grants will be made solely to individuals but can be made for the benefit of certain individuals for such purposes as scholarships and special programs through education institutions and other sponsoring recipient organizations;

e.  That, generally, grants will not be made to enable individuals or groups of individuals to attend seminars or take trips except where there are special circumstances which will benefit the community;

f.  That no grants will be made specifically for sectarian religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs;

g.  That no grants will be made exclusively for endowment purposes of recipient organizations;

h.  That, generally, no grant proposals will be considered by the Henry County Community Foundation which have been proposed by individuals or organizations that are not charitable organizations.

i.  That, generally, grants will not be made for programs and/or equipment which were committed to prior to the submission of grant application;

j.  That final grant evaluation reports will be required to be submitted by the grantees.


   3.  APPLICATION PROCESS

All grant applications will be reviewed by a Grants Committee member, including a site-visit,  followed by a committee meeting. Recommendations are made to the Board of Directors during the March (spring cycle) and September (fall cycle) meetings and decisions will be sent out to organizations within 48 hours.


These grant guidelines and policies apply only to the unrestricted philanthropic funds of the Henry County Community Foundation and not to those funds for which the beneficiary or beneficiaries have been designated by the donor for which the donor has restricted the use of a particular fund to a specific charitable purpose or geographic area. Those designated and unrestricted funds will be administered separately in relation to their respective donor agreements.

   
It is the general policy of the Henry County Community Foundation to operate without discrimination to age, race, religion, sex or national origin in the overall administration of the Foundation and in the consideration of grant requests from agencies and organizations.


Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Erin Riggle at erin@henrycountycf.org
Begin Accepting Applications Date:
1/29/2020
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
2/21/2020 12:00 PM