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The Portland Foundation Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits to Build Capacity to
Address Community Needs in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Portland Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/03/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations for capacity building to address community needs in eligible regions. Funding priority is for one-time projects, new program start-up costs, and capital needs. Past grants have supported projects in the areas of arts and culture, community development, youth, education, and health and human services. The Foundation makes grants to increase the capacity of Jay County’s not-for-profit organizations to respond effectively to the needs of the community.

The objective of the Foundation is to develop a protected pool of capital to generate income, so that the income can be used to energize and nourish endeavors that seek to serve the charitable, cultural and community improvement needs of the citizens now and hereafter residing in Jay County, Indiana. 

In general, the Foundation prefers funding for: 

  • One-time projects or needs
  • Start-up costs for new programs
  • Capital needs beyond an applicant's capabilities and means

In addition, field of interest funding is available on a limited basis for the areas of:

  • Emergency service agencies
  • The benefit of elderly citizens of Jay County
  • Portland area general community improvement
  • Needy families 
  • Libraries
  • Historical facilities
  • Care and prevention of cruelty to animals
  • Handicapped children
  • Education of sensory impaired children

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178048

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt (501)(c) organizations operating or proposing to operate programs for the benefit of Jay County residents.

The Foundation will not normally consider grants from unrestricted funds for the following purposes:
- Individuals other than scholarships (separate applications exist for the scholarship program)
- Organizations for religious or sectarian purposes
- Make-up of operating deficits, post-event or after-the-fact situations
- Endowment campaigns
- For any propaganda, political or otherwise, attempting to influence legislation or intervene in any political affairs or campaigns.

In addition, the Foundation board is reluctant to approve grants to any organization for the purpose of maintaining an on-going operating budget or for multi-year grant requests. (Please contact the Foundation office before submitting a multi-year grant request). However, exceptions to this may be made at the discretion of the Board.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Winter Grants Due no later than 5:00 pm on 1/3/2020

Requests are reviewed and voted on twice a year. Deadline dates are typically in January and July and are announced in the local media.

Applications for this grant program are only accepted online.

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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.


107 S Meridian Street
Portland, IN 47371
Phone: (260) 726-4260
Fax: (260) 726-4273

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Jay County