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Community Grant Program

Grants to Rush County, Indiana Nonprofits for
Programs that Improve the Lives of Area Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Rush County, Indiana nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the quality of life of local residents. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent at least 15 days prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to help nonprofit organizations with charitable projects, equipment, and programs that have a significant impact on the community.

Community Grant Funds are permanent endowment funds to benefit Rush County as a whole. Despite the broad, everlasting purpose, these funds can be among the most challenging to raise – typically, because they are not specific and instead, are intended to support the community’s ever-changing needs forever.

The Foundation generally favors grant requests which:
- Impact a substantial number of people in the community
- Propose practical solutions to current problems or address a current community interest
- Are preventative rather than remedial in nature
- Examine and address underlying causes of local needs
- Encourage cooperation and elimination of duplicate services
- Stimulate volunteer involvement

The Foundation also invites applications to help fund new organizations who seek to meet demonstrated need or to benefit the community through creative and innovative projects and programs.

The Foundation will consider any proposal which is charitable in nature and could have a major impact on the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158785

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation welcomes grant applications from any nonprofit organization which benefits Rush County, or its citizens.

The Foundation generally favors organizations which are established agencies tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

As a general rule, it does not make grants from unrestricted funds for the following:
- Ongoing operating expenses or annual fundraising drives
- Existing obligations, debt reduction or building campaigns
- Individuals or travel expenses
- Multi-year grants or repeat funding
- Advocacy or political purposes
- Religious or sectarian purposes
- Loans or endowments

The Rush County Community Foundation does not discriminate in matters of age, race, religion, sex or native origin and expects that grant applicant observe like standards.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant seekers for unrestricted funds must submit a Letter of Intent 15 days before the deadline and before submitting a grant application. The Letter of Intent should be submitted as a Word document or PDF file.

To verify eligibility and application completeness, electronic submission of your initial application is required by 4:00 PM on the 1st day of the month the grant is due.

A staff member from the RCCF will notify you if your request is accepted or declined. If accepted, your next step is to complete the grant application.

Grant cycle deadline is at 4 PM on the following dates:
- Cycle I: May 15*
- Cycle II: September 15*
*Deadlines that fall on a weekend will be extended to the following business day.

The Foundation staff will be available to discuss projects and programs. They will also assist applicants throughout the process. All communication with the Foundation from grant applicants regarding potential or current grant requests shall be made through the Foundation office. Contact with individual board or grant committee members, other than during the scheduled interview or site visit process, may render the proposal invalid.

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Contact Information:

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

Submit a Letter of Intent to

Rush County Community Foundation
117 North Main Street
Rushville, IN 46173
Phone 765-938-1177
Fax 765-938-1719

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Rush County