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Central Indiana Senior Fund

Grants to Central Indiana Nonprofits to Meet
the Needs of Low and Moderate-Income Seniors

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Central Indiana Community Foundation - Central Indiana Senior Fund

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Central Indiana nonprofit organizations to benefit low and moderate-income older adults, with an emphasis on isolated and underserved populations. Concept papers are due April 30. Program areas include basic needs, health and wellness, life-affirming opportunities, and living environment of choice.

Types of Awards:

The Senior Fund typically awards grants to provide operating, program and capacity building support.

-Operating – Operating requests are considered for organizations whose mission is to serve seniors.
-Program – Program requests are considered up to $35,000 and the program must be senior focused.
-Capacity Building – typically proposals by invitation only.

Program Areas:

The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit organizations whose work falls into one or more of these areas:

Basic Needs
-Efforts to remove barriers to community resources, such as transportation, access to nutritious food, case management or emergency services
-Efforts that protect seniors from abuse and neglect

Health and Wellness
-Efforts that increase information and access to health care services
-Efforts that provide in-home health care, caregiver support, or low-cost health equipment options
-Neighborhood based, best-practice community wellness and fitness programs

Living Environment of Choice
-Efforts that provide safe and affordable housing and support services
-Efforts that provide home care, maintenance and modification services that enable seniors to remain in their homes
-Efforts that increase the safety, connectivity and accessibility of neighborhoods
-Efforts that strengthen quality residential care programs

Life Affirming Opportunities
-Efforts that increase access to cultural and educational opportunities, work training and placement and life-long learning
-Efforts that increase access to volunteerism and civic engagement
-Efforts that reduce isolation and increase access to community resources

Criteria Used to Review Applications and Determine Grant Awards:

Proven Success
Does the organization’s programming have clearly defined outcomes? Has the organization demonstrated an ability to evaluate program success? Does the organization and its programs incorporate best practices in serving seniors?

Strong Leadership
Does the organization have a clear mission and a plan for how it will achieve its mission? Does the organization have the appropriate management and board leadership to provide direction and oversight?

Has the organization demonstrated its ability to attract the resources necessary to maintain its work? Does the organization have appropriate growth strategies? Does the organization have a future plan for sustaining the work of this application?

Effective Operations
Does the organization have the appropriate staff and internal systems to be efficient and effective? Is the organization fiscally responsible?

Are the constituents, partners and community leaders informed, involved and invested in the success of the organization’s efforts? Does the organization engage seniors in planning and evaluation?

Can the organization bring together the strengths of multiple organizations to advance their mutual goals, share their combined knowledge and reduce duplication of efforts?

Innovation and Creativity
Is the organization creative in addressing the needs of seniors? Is the organization nimble and able to evolve to respond to the needs of seniors?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155518

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant size ranges from $5,000 to $50,000.

Operating requests of up to $50,000 will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations serve seniors residing in the Central Indiana 8-County Region (Marion and the 7 surrounding counties).

Not Funded:
-Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
-Grants to individuals
-Political campaigns or activities intended to influence public officials
-Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion
-Construction projects of schools, churches or other religious institutions
-Special events or fundraising activities
-Post event or after-the-fact situations or debt retirement
-Basic medical, scientific or academic research
-Organizations or projects that discriminate based upon race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations wishing to be considered for funding must submit a Concept Proposal through the CICF portal between April 1 - April 30, 2018.

2018 Grant Timetable:

-Concept Proposals Accepted: April 1 – April 30
-Application Invitation: Mid June
-Invited Applications Accepted: July 1 – July 31
-Staff Review: August - October
-Board funding Decision: November
-Notification: Late November

Contact Information:

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

Submit a Concept Proposal through the CICF portal:

For more information about the Central Indiana Senior Fund, contact:

Ruthie Purcell-Jones, Director of Philanthropic Services
317.634.2423 x506

If you have any questions regarding the Central Indiana Senior Fund grant-making process, please contact:

Julie Koegel

Central Indiana Community Foundation
615 N Alabama St. #119
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1498

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Central Indiana 8-County Region (Marion and the 7 surrounding counties)