Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs that benefit local residents. Funding is intended for projects and activities within the focus areas of education, youth, recreation, arts and culture, civic and historical, community development, and health and human services. Eligible programs enhance the quality of life for the citizens in Orange County.
Grants that fund the following are higher priority:
A higher percentage of the population reached
Service Orange County as a whole
Prevent rather than remediate
Increase individual access to community resources
Examine and address the underlying causes of local problems and issues
Attract volunteer resources and support
Strengthen the non-profit sector
Encourage collaboration among organizations
Build the capacity of the organization
Offer services not already available in the community
Unrestricted grants are made primarily to tax-exempt organizations and agencies, but for-profit entities may be eligible for programs serving a charitable purpose. The highest priority is assigned to those programs and projects serving larger populations within Orange County.
Grants that fund the following are a lower priority:
- New or routine maintenance or construction projects (except renovations of existing facilities that enable the organization to provide a better quality of service to Orange County)
- Annual giving or capital campaigns
- Normal operating expenses (except start-up expenses)
- Computer hardware equipment purchase
- Provided multi-year funding to organizations that have received an OCCF grant in the previous year (however, the grants committee reserves the right to fund a program more than once within a year if committee members determine that the program is sufficiently beneficial to Orange County)
- Organizations having an existing tax base of support.
The 2023 Unrestricted Grant Cycle closes at 4:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2023.