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Greene County Foundation (GCF) Grants

Grants to Greene County, Indiana Nonprofits for
Education, Arts, Preservation, and Wellness Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Greene County Foundation (GCF)

Deadline Date:

06/21/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to Greene County, Indiana nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of civic, social, economic, and community programs that benefit area residents. New applicants must contact the Funding Source for a pre-application meeting prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support new or ongoing programs in the following categories: preservation and beautification, arts and culture, wellness and fitness, education, and sustainability matching grants.

The Greene County Foundation believes in providing a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” and is looking for proposals that provide match dollars, build sustainability for an organization or project, and encourage those receiving an organization’s services to be engaged in giving back or paying it forward.

Community Support Grants - The Foundation Board has elected to focus grants this year in the following areas:

- Preservation and Beautification: grants that establish, expand, or renew efforts of organizations, cities, towns, or civic groups to upgrade and beautify spaces including building facades, parks, downtowns, and streets; or to rehabilitate or preserve such spaces in regard to their historic significance and aesthetic value.

- Arts and Culture: grants that 1) expand public art or allow public access to the work of local sculptors, painters, metal workers, woodworkers, etc. and 2) establish or expand cultural events to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts (both visual and non-visual, e.g. music, theater, etc.) while providing offerings for citizens of all ages in programs beyond school hours.

- Wellness and Fitness: grants addressing projects that support the health and well-being of Greene County residents, improve access to necessary wellness services, and encourage a more active lifestyle.

- Education: grants providing support to school corporations and not-for-profit agencies in Greene County, who propose to address the educational needs of the county’s students, with one or more of the following areas of focus: A) to increase school attendance by early intervention to forestall absenteeism; B) to encourage parental involvement with students’ education; C) to promote the value of education in preparing young students and adults for career opportunities; and D) encourage adult participation in learning activities including literacy and parenting skills.

- Sustainability Matching Grants: to provide matches to organizations to establish or increase their endowment fund.

The Linton Heritage Fund and the Prairie Chapel – Cemetery Preservation Fund:
- The Linton Heritage Fund is established to support historical preservation and beautification activities in the Linton area.
- The Prairie Chapel – Cemetery Preservation Fund is established to support the maintenance, repair, and restoration of historically significant monuments and the preservation and beautification of cemeteries in Greene County.

Funding Priorities can be found at:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144714

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Preservation and Beautification: Up to $51,845
- Arts and Culture: Up to $51,570
- Wellness and Fitness: Up to $52,920
- Education: Up to $93,570
- Sustainability Matching Grants: Up to $51,570
- Linton Heritage Fund: Up to $690.00
- Prairie Chapel – Cemetery Preservation Fund: Up to $1,400.00

Term of Contract:

Organizations that believe they can gain significant momentum toward their organizational sustainability or toward significantly addressing solutions may ask for multi-year funding with a proposal that reflects a well-laid multi-year plan for accomplishment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Projects not funded:

- Funds for redistribution by the grantee. It is expected that the grant will be used by the organization or organizations outlined in the proposal; sub-contracting to another organization to implement the grant activity is prohibited. (Using grant dollars to hire or contract with a vendor to perform a specific service outlined in the grant is acceptable.)
- Religious purposes. Religious organizations may wish to ask for grant funding for projects that address community needs and are open to the general public, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, or ability. Grant requests that exclusively advocate for or on behalf of a religious group will not be funded.
- Annual appeals or membership contributions.
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities.
- Projects that anticipate long-term existence without a well-articulated sustainability plan.
- Past Grantees who are delinquent in reporting on a previous grant, or remiss in acknowledging the Foundation’s support.

Pre-Application Information:

Community Support Grants:
- The deadline for applications is Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 4:30 PM. Applications can be sent electronically or on paper copies.
- Grant awards will be presented in August.

Applicants to the Linton Heritage Fund and Prairie Chapel – Cemetery Preservation Fund must complete the Short Grant Application Form and submit it to the Foundation by Friday, June 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

For applicants who have not applied for grant funding from the Foundation in previous years, a pre-application consultation appointment is required. The purpose of the consultation appointment is to assess your organization’s readiness to apply for funding from the Foundation and to answer any questions you may have about the application process and requirements.

Depending on requests and quality of applications, awards may not be made in all categories or at the full requested amount. Applicants who wish to be considered for a partial award should include an additional budget outlining a scaled-back project.

Finalists will be selected by our Grant Committee after the submission deadline. These finalists will be asked to make an oral presentation to the committee, and should prepare to answer any further questions about the grant project in an interview-style meeting. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid-July 2019. Grant awards will be announced in August 2019 or later.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

With questions, or to schedule a pre-application consultation appointment, please call (812) 659-3142 or email

Applications should be electronically submitted the above email address, or paper copies submitted to:

Greene County Foundation
4513 W St. Hwy 54
Bloomfield, IN 47424

Suzanne Jackson, Financial Director
Telephone: (812) 659-3142
Fax: (812) 659-3142

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