Grantmaking in our Community

Grantmaking in Action

See how your grant dollars are put to work in Wayne County!

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). Click here to learn more about each type of grant!

In order to receive funding, applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization operating in or serving Wayne County, Indiana. 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:

February 1 , 2024

Application Deadline:

February 29, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Awards Announced:

April 12, 2024

Grant Cycle II

Application Opens:

April 1, 2024

Application Deadline:

April 30, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Awards Announced:

June 14, 2024

Grant Cycle III

Application Opens:

August 1, 2024

Application Deadline:

August 30, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Awards Announced:

October 11, 2024

Application Process

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

First, carefully read the Guidelines for Grantmaking (updated 2024) 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.

Please note:  New users will receive an email when their registration has been approved by Foundation staff.

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 Kelley Cruse-Nicholson, Nonprofit Relationship Manager, prior to applying.

Grant applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on the final date of the grant cycle. 

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

A post grant report and final project budget (click here to access the budget sheet) 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.



Questions about applying for a grant?

Contact Rebecca Gilliam, Foundation Executive Director 

Phone: 765-962-1638