Grantmaking in our Community

About our grant cycles…

Local nonprofits can access the application platform here. In addition to program support grant cycles, the Foundation also features streamlined processes for nonprofit capacity building funding (up to $10,000), mini grants (up to $5,000), and crisis grants (up to $5,000).

In order to receive funding, applicants 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 consideration 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.

Application Timeline

Grant Cycle I

Application Opens:

January 16, 2023

Application Deadline:

February 24, 2023

Awards Announced:

March 31, 2023

Grant Cycle II

Application Opens:

April 24, 2023

Application Deadline:

June 2, 2023

Awards Announced:

July 14, 2023

Grant Cycle III

Application Opens:

August 7, 2023

Application Deadline:

September 15, 2023

Awards Announced:

October 20, 2023

Application Process

To apply for a grant, simply follow the steps outlined below:

First, carefully read the Guidelines for Grantmaking (updated 2022) to assure that you qualify for a grant from the Foundation and are able to supply the appropriate documentation necessary for a successful grant application.

Second, log-on to our online application software.

Third, download and complete the Project Budget Form. This document will be collected as part of the grant application.

Impact Grant Information

For more information about the Foundation’s Impact Grant program (requests up to $35,000), please click here.

Additional Information

First-time applicants and those who have not been successful with previous online applications are encouraged to contact Alex Painter, Foundation Community Engagement Officer, prior to applying.

In general, an organization may only receive one grant award per year.

A post grant report and final project budget are to be submitted within 30 days after the grant period ends. The post grant report can be accessed through the application portal.

Have you received a grant award from the Foundation? We want to help you share the good news!  Please click here to access the press kit for nonprofit organizations.


In 2021, the Foundation partnered with the Wayne County Railroaders Assocation with grant funding to build a handicap-accessible ramp and viewing deck for their beautifully restored 1907 wooden caboose.