I. General Information
serving residents of Dearborn County that are recognized
as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
under IRC section 501(c)(3) or under section 501(c) are
eligible to apply for grants from DCF.
If a tax-exempt organization is not
a 501(c)(3), then the purpose of the grant request must
be charitable as defined by the IRS.
Grants awarded to non-501(c)(3) tax-exempt
organizations will be proportionate to the charitable
purpose of the grant request.
Community Foundation, Inc. (DCF) awards grants that are
considered “investments in our community.”
Each grant program has unique criteria and
Please read all of the information
including the DCF grant policies prior to submitting
a completed grant application.
The grant review process for some grant programs takes
up to three months from the grant application due date.
Applicants should plan accordingly when considering the
date of the project and the date of the grant
is strongly suggested that all applicants consult DCF
prior to submitting a grant application to ensure
It is not recommended to apply
to several grant programs for the same project in the
Any school corporation or school sponsored organization
wishing to apply for funding through any of our grant
programs must first apply for funding through the
school’s respective Endowment Corporation/Education
A letter from the Schools Endowment
Corporation/Education Foundation with their decision
must accompany the completed grant application.
II. Grant Evaluation Criteria
questions will be taken into consideration when
evaluating the request and in making decisions:
- Is there an established need for the project for
which the grant is requested?
- Is it appropriate to make a grant for the requested purpose, or are there other
more suitable sources for potential funding?
- Are there adequate resources available to effectively respond to this need?
- Does the information in the grant application possess the capacity necessary to
insure the success of the project?
- Does the organization have
adequate accounting and financial policies?
- Is the organization seeking
additional funding from other sources?
- Does the project have the
potential to continue beyond the Foundation’s
III. Grant Policies
- Grants are awarded only to
- whose programs benefit the
residents of Dearborn County; and
- which provide for a
responsible fiscal agent and adequate accounting
- Generally, grants are not
- to individuals, except for
educational scholarships (which are paid to the
institute for the benefit of the
- exclusively for endowment
creation (with the exception of endowment
- to fund travel expenses;
- to sustain ongoing
- to fund
- No grants are made:
- to support political parties, campaigns or issues;
- specifically for sectarian religious purposes, but can be made to religious organizations for programs that benefit the general public;
- for debt reduction of recipient organization;
- for any property improvements (buildings, fencing etc. …) to land not owned by the organization seeking the grant funds; and
- to provide for programs, expenses and/or equipment committed to prior to grant award date.
IV. Grant Review Process
- All grant applications are reviewed by the DCF staff and
evaluated by a grant and/or advisory committee.
- The grant and/or advisory committee may discuss the application with
knowledgeable individuals outside the DCF and may
visit applying organizations to obtain supplemental
- Grant applicants may be required to submit additional information prior
to a grant decision.
- Recommendations will be presented to advisory committees when applicable and
then to the DCF board of directors where final grant decisions are made.
The grant review process for some grant programs may take up to three months.
Applicants should plan accordingly when considering the date of a project and the date of the grant submission.
V. Grant Awards
will notify applicants, in writing, of grant decisions.
Applicants that are awarded grants will receive a
Grant payment will be made to an organization
after the Foundation receives a signed grant agreement
and conditions specified in the agreement are met.
must submit a final grant report within 30 days of
completion of the project or by the final grant report
Failure to submit a final grant report will affect