Thank you for your interest in the Blackford County Community Foundation, Inc. The following guidelines are to assist those applying for grant funds. Click here for guidelines and application.
Who May Apply
Nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organizations, coalitions, community associations, and other civic groups may apply if it provides services in Blackford County, Indiana.
Application Deadlines for 2013
- Thursday, January 31
- Thursday, March 28
- Thursday, June 27
- Thursday, September 26
Fields of Interest
We will focus primarily on these fields of interest; however, we expect to remain flexible in our grant making activities.
- Arts and Cultural Development
- Community parks
- Community beautifications, improvement and enhancement projects
- Neighborhood associations
Community Services Planning & Coordination
- Health services and coordination
- Human services and coordination
- Community health services
- Mental health services
- Community education on relevant issues
- Postsecondary, secondary, elementary, preschool and special education
- Elderly services
- Children and youth services
- Family services
- Youth advancement
- Grants are not awarded to profit-making enterprises.
- Grants are not awarded to support political activities.
- Grants are not awarded to support operating budgets of organizations, except for limited experimental or demonstration periods. Exceptions to this policy may be made when there are compelling reasons for doing so.
- Grants are not awarded for sectarian or religious purposes or to sectarian or religious organizations operated primarily for the benefit of their own members.
- Capital grants to building campaigns will only be made when there is evidence that such support is vital to the success of a program meeting priority needs of the community. Payments of such grants are made only after a significant percentage of the total campaign requirements have been raised.
- Grants are not awarded for endowment purposes.
- Special project grants may be made to individuals.
- All grants are awarded in accordance with current regulations issued pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.
How to Apply
Contact our Executive Director to determine if your proposal fits the guidelines. If you are asked to submit a formal proposal, make sure it considers the following:
- Purpose and definition of the project or program
- Background of the request office
- Officers and staff personnel of requesting organization
- Financial information and budgets
- Evaluation results
- How will the project be affected if grant is not received?
Criteria that Governs Grant Decisions
Merit and priority of applications
- Seriousness of the problem and adequacy of the proposed action to meet the problem
- Degree of potential benefit to the entire community
- Capacity of the organization and its personnel to achieve expected results
- Appropriateness of timing
- Evidence of cooperation and coordination with other organizations at the time of the request
- Possibility of future support by other organizations
- Improbability of financial support by some other organizations at the time of the request
Substantive quality of the request
- Is there a clear statement of goals?
- Are proposed techniques suitable or adequate?
- Is the project proposed of sufficient scope for results anticipated?
- Is the project too broad?
- Are highly competent personnel available locally?
- Is the budget adequate?
- Does the grant proposal fit the overall charitable purposes of the Blackford County Community Foundation, Inc.; particularly, human need and community development, and specifically, those fields of interest previously described?
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