Apply For Grants

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The Community Foundation staff and program committee review all grant applications. Wabash County citizens, including Foundation board members, make up the program 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.

Guidelines

We consider grant applications two times per year. Applications must be received by the dates listed below:

Application Deadlines February 15 September 15
Grants Awarded March 15 October 15
Final Report Due March 14,  (1 year later) October 14,   (1 year later)
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.

Organizations applying for the first time or organizations that have a new grant-writer must make an appointment for orientation with Julie Garber at the Foundation before submitting an application. Experienced grant-writers may submit without an appointment.

Need Help?

  • For grant-related questions, contact Program Director Julie Garber by phone at 260-982-4824 or by email at julie@cfwabash.org
  • For tips on writing your grant application, click here.

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Grant 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 acceptable final reports for previous grants in a timely manner, 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.
Non-Discrimination Policy

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. 

Grant Application Example
Fiscal Sponsorships - Assistance for Non-501(c)(3) Organizations

If your organization is doing charitable work, but it is not designated as a 501(c)(3), a fiscal sponsorship with the Community Foundation may be an option as a way to apply for grants, raise funds, and provide your donors with a charitable deduction for their gifts. To view the fiscal sponsorship application, click here.