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Grants to Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies for Programs that Benefit Local Residents

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The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County

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Deadline Date:

10/04/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana nonprofits, schools, and agencies to improve the quality of life in the area. First-time applicants are required to contact program staff prior to submitting an application. All applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support arts and culture, human services, economic development, education, and community betterment programs. Community betterment includes, but is not limited to, recreation, public safety, neighborhood revitalization, animal welfare, beautification and preservation, environment, community wellbeing, and community development.

Grant applications are encouraged for projects or programs that are one or more of the following:

- Provide a clear and compelling case for need both for the community and from The Community Foundation
- Link to pre-defined community-wide goals (ex: Vision 2021) within the five broad areas of interest
- Yield substantial benefits to the community for the resources invested
- Offer the potential for lasting change for future generations
- Provide a catalyst for action and community participation
- Reach a broad segment of the community with services which are presently not provided
- Promote collaboration among two or more agencies without duplicating services
- Provide startup money for innovative programs and projects that are not duplicative
- Leverage matching gifts or additional funding from other funding sources
- Provide annual operating expenses for start-up organizations, transitional funding, or capacity building to help make the organization more effective and efficient and better able to reach sustainability
- Provide annual operating expenses for existing organizations with a proven track record of successful and effective program results and a clear and compelling need for funding from The Community Foundation

The Foundation seeks to invest in projects and programs that address current and potential issues in the community, taking advantage of compelling opportunities for improvement and by focusing on the long-term success of Muncie and Delaware County. Grants are awarded for projects and programs that work towards practical solutions and positive results for recognized community priorities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179728

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are generally awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations and may also be awarded to units of government, schools, etc., that are classified as public charities.

Applications received in the Education category include those from K-12 school systems, higher education institutions, community and tutoring centers, mentoring programs, and various others. In the case of K-12 school systems, significant government funding usually supports operations and capital projects, requiring additional due diligence when evaluating Quarterly Competitive Grant requests from these organizations.

In general, applications will not be accepted for review by the Grants Committee from a K-12 school system that requests financial support for a project or program that would typically be funded by general property tax distributions, including but not limited to capital projects.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, and generally does not make grants for religious purposes, for covering budget deficits, for travel, for fundraising events, for endowments, or for specific program or project expenses that are already covered by planned tax distributions received by a government agency for current year state approved budgets.

The Foundation does not typically award to statewide (IN), out of state, or national organizations unless the monies are to be used solely to benefit citizens of Delaware County, Ind.

The Foundation does not award grants that provide direct benefit to a donor or donor's family.

The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or that perceived as a disability in the consideration of grant requests. Likewise, the Foundation does not knowingly support programs that negatively discriminate based on the aforementioned factors.

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants are required to contact the Senior Program Officer to discuss grant applications prior to submission or the application may not be accepted or reviewed by the Grants Committee.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Q1 - LOI: November 30, 2018; Application: January 4, 2019
Q2 - LOI: March 1, 2019; Application: April 5, 2019
Q3 - LOI: May 31, 2019; Application: July 5, 2019
Q4 - LOI: August 30, 2019; Application: October 4, 2019

- All LOIs and Applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM on the day of the deadline or they will not be considered in that quarter.
- All applications are submitted in the online grants system.
- The Grants Committee and the Board of Directors review applications on a quarterly basis.
- Notification occurs by letter approximately 6-8 weeks after full application deadlines.
- All applicants are encouraged to contact the Senior Program Officer prior to submission with questions about the grantmaking process or how to best craft their application.
- Both the Senior Program Officer and Grants Committee members conduct application research. - Organizations should expect contact through email, phone or in-person in the time between application submission and notification. It is of vital importance to provide answers to questions and access to sites if a visit is requested.

Requests of $25,000 or more should be submitted during the first grant cycle of the year. Applicants should contact the Senior Program Officer to discuss submitting requests higher than $25,000 in another cycle.

In general, an organization is only permitted one successfully awarded grant in a calendar year. Organizations serving as a fiscal agent for a collaborative project are permitted to apply for both the collaboration and for their own purposes.

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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.

Apply online:

For questions, call 765-747-7181 or email

Send Correspondence to:
The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County
P.O. Box 807
Muncie, IN 47308

The Foundation is located at:
201 E. Jackson Street
Muncie, IN 47305

Phone: (765) 747-7181
Fax: (765) 289-7770

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Muncie and Delaware County