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Grants to Allen County, Indiana Nonprofits and Agencies for
Programming, Operating Support, and Computer Equipment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

LOI Date:

07/06/20

Deadline Date:

08/25/20 3:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Allen County, Indiana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs and projects designed to improve the quality of life for local residents. Interested applicants must submit a Concept Letter prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to provide Agency Support for operating expenses or currently existing programs, or Technology Support for purchase of technological equipment and computers.

Grant Categories: 

  •  Agency Support - Agency support grants will be provided for general operating support or existing programs and projects.   
  • Technology Support - Funding is for the purchase of computers, computer-related technology, telephone systems, audiovisual systems, security systems, etc.  

The Community Foundation encourages requests that are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups, increase coordination and cooperation among agencies, and reduce unnecessary duplication of services.

Preference is given to funding requests that:

  • Address priority community concerns;
  • Encourage more effective use of community resources;
  • Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems;
  • Are intended to strengthen the management capabilities of agencies; and
  • Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs.

For characteristics of eligible programs in faith-based agencies, see the following link:

https://cfgfw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Concept-Letter-Guidelines-2019-2.pdf#page=5

For information on economic development requests, see the following link:

https://cfgfw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Concept-Letter-Guidelines-2019-2.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180575

Estimated Size of Grant:

Agency support requests are eligible for multi-year awards of up to $75,000 a year for three years, totaling no more than $225,000.

Technology support requests are eligible for single year awards of up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Agency support requests are eligible for multi-year awards for three years. Agencies that receive a multi-year award are not eligible to receive another agency support grant until the multi-year grant has expired.

Technology support requests are eligible for single year awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations that have federal tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(3) public charity or to government agencies. The nonprofit or government agency must serve the Allen County area.

No grants are made to individuals other than those made through designated scholarship funds.

The Community Foundation does not make grants from the Community Impact Fund or the Clarke Endowment Fund for the following:

- Annual fund drives;
- Operating deficits or after-the-fact support;
- Endowment funds, except for endowment–building matching grants for funds held at the Community Foundation;
- Direct or grassroots lobbying;
- Religious purposes;
- Hospitals, medical research, or academic research;
- Public, private, or parochial educational institutions, except in special situations when support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs;
- Governmental agencies, including public school systems, except in special situations when support is essential to projects/programs that meet critical community needs;
- Limited special-interest organizations, except when such support significantly benefits the disadvantaged; and
- Funding for sponsorships, special events, commercial advertising, films or videos, television programs, conferences, group uniforms, or group trips.

Faith-Based Applicants:

The Community Foundation, with its mission to “serve all the people of Allen County,” provides funding to faith-based groups that meet certain guidelines through the Community Impact Fund and the Clarke Endowment Fund as well as various other funds it manages. The Community Impact Fund and the Clarke Endowment Fund allow funding to religious organizations for charitable purposes; the funds do not allow funding for religious purposes.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grantseekers Workshop:

Grantseekers invited to apply for funding are encouraged to attend an informal meeting designed to help with any remaining questions about completing the grant application. Dates for the grantseekers’ workshop are noted on the yearly schedule. Attendance is not a requirement and is open only to those grantseekers selected to submit applications for the current funding quarter. Grantseekers may bring a draft of their application package to the workshop to ask specific questions or may get general advice as needed.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:

- First Quarter 2019
Concept Letters Due: September 30, 2019
Application Deadline: November 26, 2019
Board Meeting Date: February 13, 2020
Notification: Calls accepted on or after February 14, 2020, and written notification by February 28, 2020

- Second Quarter 2020
Concept Letters Due: January 6, 2020
Application Deadline: February 25, 2020
Board Meeting Date: May 14, 2020
Notification: Calls accepted on or after May 15, 2020 and written notification by May 29, 2020

- Third Quarter 2020
Concept Letters Due: April 6, 2020
Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Board Meeting Date: August 20, 2020
Notification: Calls accepted on or after August 21, 2020 and written notification by September 4, 2020

- Fourth Quarter 2019
Concept Letters Due: July 6, 2020
Application Deadline: August 25, 2020
Board Meeting Date: November 12, 2020
Notification: Calls accepted on or after November 13, 2020 and written notification by November 25, 2020

The Community Foundation accepts grant requests year-round. Grant recommendations are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors four times a year and applicants are notified immediately after the Board determinations.

The Foundation strongly encourages grantseekers to submit their concept letters as early as possible. The Foundation does not accept emailed or faxed concept letters.

After you have submitted a concept letter, the Staff will process the request and notify you on how to proceed. Possibilities include invitation to complete a formal application, a request for more information, or advice to not pursue funding at this time. Those grantseekers selected to complete an application will be provided with the appropriate grant application - agency support or technology support. The program staff will be available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have.

An agency can only apply for one grant, unrestricted agency support, or technology support, in a 12-month period.

Technology requests with support from more than one funder are encouraged.

Contact Information:

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

Direct funding questions to:

Christine Meek, Director of Community Impact
cmeek@cfgfw.org

Lisa Pickerman, Administrative and Grants Assistant
lpickerman@cfgfw.org

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
555 E. Wayne St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone Number: 260-426-4083
Fax Number: 260-424-0114

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Allen County

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