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Grants to Morgan County, Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
Religious Organizations for Education, Arts, Youth, and Human Services

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

09/20/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Morgan County, Indiana nonprofit organizations, government units, schools, and religious organizations to improve the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support initiatives and projects that enrich the social, civic, cultural, economic, and physical environment of Morgan County. This includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Youth Services
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Human Services

Impact Grants provide funding for innovative projects and initiatives that bring transformative solutions to the community’s most pressing needs.

Through competitive impact grants, the Foundation strives to partner with strong community organizations and helps leverage resources to create lasting impact. The Foundation aims to support creative approaches to community needs by providing grants which will benefit a wide range of people. 

The CFMC considers the following aspects, among others, when making grant decisions:

  • Does the application impact Morgan County?
  • Does the request align with established CFMC funding priorities?
  • Is there a clearly stated impact of the request? Is it feasible?
  • Is the request unique from other existing services or opportunities in Morgan County?
  • Does the organization collaborate and cooperate with other community institutions?
  • Has the organization met all requirements and followed all guidelines?
  • Is the organization fiscally responsible?
  • Can the organization obtain any additional funding needed?
  • Can the organization sustain the program into the future, when applicable?
  • Will the project increase community awareness of the identified issue and of the CFMC?
  • Is the request proactive in addressing solutions to problems, rather than symptoms?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181945

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:

Non-profit organizations impacting Morgan County: The CFMC does approve grant applications from organizations whose headquarters are located outside the county if a significant number of persons who will be served reside in Morgan County. Only 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501(c)(3) status (units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations) are eligible.

The Community Foundation will award grants only to organizations who exhibit a commitment to non-discrimination.

The Foundation does not fund:
- Individuals: Individuals wishing to apply must do so with the cooperation of a non-profit organization, and the organization must submit the application.
- Organizations with outstanding grant reports due to CFMC. Programs with open grants may still apply, but, if approved, no further funds will be issued towards that program until all prior grants are properly closed.
- Projects that do not serve Morgan County citizens
- Projects normally fully funded by government
- Projects to build or fund an endowment
- Religious activities or programs that serve or appear to serve predominantly one denomination and not the community at large
- Political organizations or campaigns
- National and state fundraising efforts which do not directly benefit local agencies or chapters
- Projects that could be considered discriminatory
- Projects operated by for-profit companies

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Timeline for Impact Grants:
- July 22rd (Monday): Letter of Intent for Impact Grants Open at 9 a.m.
- August 16th (Friday): Letter of Intent for Impact Grants Close at 4 p.m.
- August 22nd: Notification to applicants to apply for Full Grant Request.
- By September 20th (Friday): Full Grant Applications due by 4 p.m.
- October 15th (Tuesday): Notification of Grants Awards sent by Email with Grant Agreement
- By October 21st (Monday): Grant Agreements signed and due to CFMC by 4 p.m.

Organizations may submit multiple applications for different programs and may apply for different types of grants.

Application Process:
CFMC utilizes an online application process through Smarter Select. First, organizations must complete the Letter of Intent Application. This initial phase allows the CFMC to quickly assess if the goals of a proposal align with the goals of the foundation, before requiring organizations to submit a full application. Partnering organizations only need to submit one application.

Select organizations will then be invited to complete the Full Application, which asks for more robust information than in the Initial phase. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include specific measurement tools, as well as collaborative approaches for programs and projects that illustrate a strong vision for defined success. Partnering organizations need only submit one application per program, though a formal Memorandum of Understanding will be required for all joint applications at the Full Application stage.

Questions about eligibility, grant requirements, or the online portal should be directed to Brittani Bentley.

Contact Information:

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

For the online LOI Preview and application portal:

Direct questions to:
Brittani Bentley
Associate Director
(765) 813-0003

Main Office:
56 North Main Street
Martinsville, Indiana 46151

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USA: Indiana: Morgan County

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