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Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) Grant

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Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/26/22 - For the Smalls Cycle


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Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to Indiana nonprofit charitable organizations for projects and programs that benefit the local community in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for activities that address needs and concerns in the Johnson County community.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Address priority community concerns
  • Are change-oriented and problem-solving in nature
  • Will have the greatest benefit per dollar granted
  • Have the potential of leveraging additional grants from other sources such as government and other foundations
  • Assist grant recipients to achieve certain objectives

In evaluating grant proposals, the Foundation gives consideration to:

  • Project Quality: Established community need, expected benefits, planning, similarity to other programs, the reasonableness of budget and grant request, other expected funding sources, the potential to leverage other grants.
  • Community Impact: Number of people affected, potential impact, demonstrated community need/desire for the project, collaboration with other organizations, volunteer commitment to the project.
  • Project Management: Staff and board experience, organizational ability to carry out the project, mission-appropriate, long-range plan for the project and the organization. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180130

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Smalls Cycle: Requests are limited to $15,000.
- Bigs Cycle: Requests are minimum $20,000 and max $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only nonprofit charitable programs and projects that serve the Johnson County community are considered for funding.

The Foundation generally does not make grants for the following:
- Individuals
- Routine or ongoing operating expenses, including conferences
- Existing obligations or deficit funding
- Annual appeals or membership contributions
- Tours and trips for individuals or groups
- Support of public or private educational institutions as required by law, except in situations where support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs
- Sectarian purposes that promote religious doctrine or require religious participation; this does not preclude considerations for nonsectarian educational, health, and human services programs undertaken by religiously affiliated organizations
- Programs and services that are typically the funding responsibility of a federal, state, or local government
- Capital requests for planning, construction, renovations, or acquisition of land, unless there is strong evidence that the program is a community priority and JCCF funding is pivotal to its success or ability to leverage other resources
- Medical research
- Political purposes
- Endowment building
- Athletic leagues, teams, clubs, or other similar groups
- Repeat funding of programs supported through prior unrestricted cycle grants

Pre-Application Information:

Bigs Cycle: The Bigs Cycle is now closed.

Smalls Cycle: Cycle 2: Small Grants (less than $15,000)
- Tuesday, September 6 – Cycle opens online
- Tuesday September 27 – Letter of Inquiry due online no later than 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday October 11 – Full application invitations will go out
- Wednesday October 26 – Full applications due online no later than 4:00 p.m.
- Monday November 21 – All applicants will be notified of their application standing

JCCF carefully reviews each Letter of Inquiry. If your letter meets the Grant Policies, and there is adequate funding available, your organization may be invited to submit a grant application.

All organizations who are invited to submit full applications will be notified via email and will be given access to the online application.

Grant Policies:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Stephanie Fox
Program Officer, Grants and Scholarships
(317) 738-2213

398 S. Main St.
PO Box 217
Franklin, IN 46131

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Johnson County

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