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City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF)

Grants to Evansville, Indiana Nonprofits for Capital Projects that Promote
Arts, Recreation, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Economic Development

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Community Foundation Alliance

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Grants starting at $1,000 to Evansville, Indiana nonprofit organizations for community-based, capital projects. A letter of inquiry must be submitted prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for social and community-based programs, arts and cultural activities, recreation activities, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development projects.

Activities must meet one of the following criteria:
- Social and community-based organizations for the acquisition, construction, and renovation of permanent facilities used in the provision of services and activities.
- Arts and cultural activities; defined as the construction or renovation of facilities that promote the arts, culture and/or tourism. (Examples include museums, performing arts facilities, historic properties, historic preservation of sites or structures that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the state or local inventory of historic places, or designated as a state or local landmark or historic district by law or ordinance.)
- Recreation activities; defined as the construction and renovation of parks, playgrounds, and other public recreational facilities that are designed for public participation. (Examples include swimming pool, skating rink, soccer/baseball/softball field development, and tree planting.)
- Neighborhood revitalization; defined as the acquisition of property that is blighted, appropriate for rehabilitation, or what is needed to be used for the development of housing for low to moderate income persons. (Examples include disposition of land; clearance, demolition, and removal of buildings and improvements; movement of structures to other sites; rehabilitation of privately owned properties; or construction of new permanent residential structures.)
- Economic development projects; defined as any project that will augment, supplement or replenish existing municipally operated loan programs, in pursuit of new economic development opportunities.

Not more than 30% of any grant request may be for personnel costs, travel costs, office supplies, and other program operating costs. Operating costs for any organization must be directly related to the capital project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151335

Estimated Size of Grant:

The CEEF grants committee will consider funding requests of any amount. Requests of at least $1,000 are preferred.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

EEF serves to provide funds to organizations that qualify as tax-exempt organizations under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, so long as the activities of the organization meet one of the Foundation's criteria listed above.

Applicant organizations must serve within the city limits of Evansville, Indiana. At least sixty percent (60%) of grant funding will be distributed for activities that will support or benefit the 4th and 6th wards of the City of Evansville. To check the ward where your organization is located or the ward it serves, visit the “Ward & Neighborhood Lookup” page on the City of Evansville & Vanderburgh County website by clicking here:

CEEF grants shall not support or benefit the following activities or organizations:
- Any project that is sponsored, wholly or in part, by a for-profit organization.
- Proposals of endowment creation or debt reduction.
- Religious organizations for religious purposes.
- Political parties or campaigns.
- Annual appeals or membership contributions.
- Program costs, such as program materials, supplies, and equipment not directly related to the capital project.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry is June 29, 2019.

The Endowment’s grant cycle runs from May through October each year. Funding requests are accepted only during the grant cycle. Requests submitted after the stated deadline will not be considered.

The City of Evansville Endowment Fund uses a 2-step application process to review funding requests. A Letter of Inquiry is the required first step for submitting funding requests to be considered by the Fund’s grants committee. The Letter of Inquiry helps in determining whether a funding request qualifies for consideration before the applicant invests time and effort in completing a formal grant application. All Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed by the Fund’s grants committee, with all applicants being notified of the review decision no later than July 22. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a formal application with a deadline of August 26.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Online application (Application Access Code: cfa):

Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement

Community Foundation Alliance
5000 E. Virginia Street, Suite 4
Evansville, IN 47715
812-429-1191 (main)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: City of Evansville