Grantmaking in our Community

About our grant cycles…


In January 2022, the Wayne County Foundation announced significant changes to our grantmaking program. Modifications were made in an effort to create multiple pathways to maximize the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking in our community, more strategically and flexibly address the needs of Wayne County, as well as strengthen the work of our local nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation is excited to share that there will be three different cycles designed to fund projects or programs (up to $15,000) that benefit the community offered each year. A dedicated process for larger requests will also be implemented.

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 7, 2022

Completed Application Deadline:

February 4, 2022

Awards Announced:

May 20, 2022

Grant Cycle II

Application Opens:

April 1, 2022

Completed Application Deadline:

May 6, 2022

Awards Announced:

July 22, 2022

Grant Cycle III

Application Opens:

June 3, 2022

Completed Application Deadline:

July 8, 2022

Awards Announced:

September 16, 2022

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.

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.


Larger requests (those seeking up to $35,000) may also be considered.

Would the organization’s proposal:

-Proactively respond to a local need or opportunity?

-Have the ability to demonstrate impact to those who are involved and/or affected?

-Have the potential to collaborate with other local organizations?

-Go above and beyong the traditional programming offered by the organization?

-Have a plan for long-term sustainability and ability to be funded in the future by the organization(s)?

A letter of intent is requested, and a full application will be required if accepted. The letter of intent (no more than two pages) should succinctly offer an overview of the project, what need would be met and impact made in the comunity.

Please contact the Foundation directly with any questions.

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.