Applying for Grants
Click here to download the Good Deeds Grant Application.
We consider grant applications two times a year. Applications must be postmarked or received by the dates listed below:
Final Report Due
April 14, 1 yr later
October 14, 1 yr later
The Community Foundation staff and the grants committee review all grant applications. Wabash County citizens, including Foundation board members, make up the grants committee. The Foundation will notify all applicants in writing regarding grant decisions. The Foundation makes grants with the understanding it has no obligation or commitment to provide additional support to grant recipients.
All grants awarded are for a one-year period. Approved grants must be used within the grant period or funds will be forfeited.
General Grant Information
What are Good Deeds Grants? Good Deeds Grants are small to mid-sized grants (typically $5,000.00 or less) that help nonprofit organizations meet the basic needs of Wabash County citizens and provide enrichment experiences for those with limited resources and opportunities.
Where do Good Deeds Grants come from? Good deeds grants are made available from Good Deeds endowments, which are unrestricted endowments created by contributions from Wabash County citizens and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. In their wisdom and generosity, these donors elected to provide for the changing needs of our county by not restricting the purpose of their endowed gifts. The Community Foundation named this collection the Good Deeds Endowments because as unrestricted funds, these endowments have the freedom and flexibility to support a variety of “good deeds” by responding to ever-changing needs.
What can Good Deeds grants be used for? The Community Foundation of Wabash County (CFWC) will award competitive grants to support charitable activities in a number of areas—such as the arts, recreation, health and human needs, the environment, education, and civic and economic development—as long as the proposed activity fills a basic human need, creates opportunities for people who ordinarily do not have them, or increases the capability of a nonprofit organization to serve people who have limited resources and opportunities. For example, we consider the arts to be a basic need for any society. Generally, however, we will fund only those arts projects that make the arts accessible to people with the least opportunity for exposure to the arts or the least opportunity to practice the arts. Awards can be used to fund programs or projects, train staff or members, or improve an organization’s facilities if by doing so they increase their ability to serve the basic needs of people in Wabash County.
Who may apply? Any nonprofit organization with a sustained and consistent presence in Wabash County or any organization doing charitable work that serves Wabash County may apply to the Community Foundation’s Good Deeds grant program. Those with the greatest chance of receiving a grant will have the financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity. Faith-based organizations may apply for program funding provided there are no requirements to participate in religious instruction and/or take part in religious activities.
When should we apply? Proposals are reviewed twice each year. Spring proposals are due on March 15. Fall proposals are due on September 15. Grants are announced a month after the deadline.
What criteria are used to award grants?
The proposals that are awarded
- Will provide opportunities for people with limited resources and limited access.
- Are based on evidence of need and include a method for measuring progress toward the stated goals.
- Demonstrate a high probability of having local impact.
- Demonstrate a high probability of meeting a basic need in Wabash County.
What kinds of proposals are likely to be awarded?
- that serve the people of Wabash County
- that affect the most people
- that fill a gap in service
- that meet an urgent need
- that enable an organization to better serve the people of Wabash County
- whose outcomes can be measured
- that, when possible, demonstrate cooperation with other organizations doing similar work for greater impact
- that typically, but not exclusively, can be accomplished with amounts less than $5,000.00
What Good Deeds grants will not fund
- That do not affect people locally
- That do not provide opportunities
- That show little urgency
- That are “third party” projects (ex. Someone who wants to bring a performance to area schools but has not received an invitation from school administrators or teachers)
- Whose effectiveness can’t be measured or for which there is no evidence of need
- From individuals, or proposals designed to support a named individual
- For start-up organizations and organizations not in good standing with the CFWC
- For projects that are not core to the mission of an organization
What is expected of my organization if it gets an award?
- You will be required to sign an agreement letter with the Community Foundation.
- You will be expected to carry out your plan within twelve months.
- You will be required to make a final report, including a narrative report and a financial report, twelve months from the date of the award.
- You are required to provide photographs, wherever appropriate, in the final report and submit photo release sheets for human subjects in the photos.
- You will be required to give credit to the Community Foundation of Wabash County in any publications or publicity about the grant.
- You will be required to submit receipts for capital purchases.
- You will be required to verify that no one on the organization’s board received other than incidental financial benefit from the grant.
- You or a representative of your organization are encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the Community Foundation.
The Fine Print: Policies
- Unused grant money. Unspent money in an amount equal to or greater than 5% of the total grant must be returned to the Community Foundation. Grant recipients can spend a lesser amount of unused grant money for purposes consistent with the grant with permission from the Foundation staff. Grant recipients must account for expenses in the financial section of the final report.
- Good standing. Only organizations in good standing with the Community Foundation may apply for grants. Good standing means that the organization has followed these guidelines, submitted final reports for previous grants in a timely manner that were approved and has returned any unused portions of grants.
- Grants to religious organizations. Faith-based organizations may apply for program funding provided there are no requirements to participate in religious instruction and/or take part in religious activities.
- National organizations. National organizations (except for local chapters serving Wabash County) are not eligible for funding through the Foundation’s grant program.
- Fund raising. Proposals for grants to cover the costs of conducting annual fund campaigns or capital campaigns or to produce programs or products for profit do not qualify for Good Deeds Grants. However, sale of items to raise money for charitable activity is permissible. For example, Junior Achievement may use a grant to produce and sell a product if all sales are used to cover the organization’s costs of doing charitable work.
- Grant limitations. The Community Foundation makes grants with the understanding it has no obligation or commitment to provide additional support to grant recipients. All grants are awarded for a one-year period. Approved grants must be used within the grant period or funds will be forfeited.
- The Foundation asks grant recipients to recognize the Community Foundation of Wabash County in grant-related publicity materials (programs, press releases, electronic communications, etc.).
- Eligible organizations. The Community Foundation welcomes grant proposals from organizations serving Wabash County defined as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code or non-501(c)(3) organizations with charitable causes.
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The Community Foundation of Wabash County operates without discrimination as to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry or disability in its overall administration and in the consideration of the grant request.