What We Fund

The Foundation seeks to fund a variety of projects which directly benefit the citizens of Wayne County.  In order to receive funding, the applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization operating in Wayne County, Indiana or an organization whose project serves a very broad segment of the community.  Priority is given to projects which:

  • Address a community problem or special project of some significance for which funding is needed but not available through the organization’s regular budget;

  • Present an innovative and practical approach to a community problem or project;

  • Show evidence of the qualifications and stability of the applicant organization.

Because of state and federal laws under which the Foundation operates, the following cannot or generally will not be supported through discretionary grants:

  • Individuals

  • Annual fund campaigns and/or operating funds - or operating or capital debt reduction

  • Religious activities

  • Travel expenses

  • Services commonly regarded as the responsibility of government, such as fire and police protection

  • Projects outside of Wayne County, Indiana.

Legal requirements forbid staff, board members and their families from profiting financially from any grant.  Beyond that all persons actively connected with the Foundation will consistently strive to avoid self-interest in the processing and disposition of grant requests.

Please click here to access the Foundation's Grantmaking Policy Statement





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The Wayne County, Indiana, Foundation, Inc. exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

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