Grant Opportunities

Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Grant Program

Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Grant Program

Deadline: 31-Jan-21

The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is seeking proposals for its grant program to help not-for-profits do world-changing work.

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Early Grant Information for NGOs

The mission of CICF is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a Community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.

The teams at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), The Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation, have studied the growing body of research that tells a dismaying story about the American Dream. Studies from The Brookings Institution, nationally, and locally in partnership with Indy Chamber and The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP); Stanford researcher Raj Chetty; and several others, confirm three things:

There is a growing gap between the affluent and poor in Central Indiana.
The chance of making it out of poverty is slim, and the chances of doing better than your parents are declining.
Race has a profound impact on opportunity
Types of Grants

Small Research Grants for the improvement of education

This grant-making trust inviting Charities to help Socially Disadvantaged Groups during COVID-19

Support available for NGOs working on social innovation, inclusiveness and sustainability

Advocacy grants to strengthen the voice of communities and grassroots activists

USD $250,000 to $2 million funding available for each selected partner to address Covid-19 impact in select countries

Funding provided through capital support for community development projects

Endowment Funding of € 25,000 for young people fighting for freedom

Small Grant Fund for protecting endangered animal species

Grant program for transforming women’s lives for hard to fund projects

Seed Funding for Youth-led Organisations: Invitation to Submit Proposals

Grant Opportunity to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

Submit Inspiring Projects that drive Long-term Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainability

Rapid-Response Fund for CSOs working on Women’s Empowerment

US Funding for Justice, Social Inclusion, empowerment of the vulnerable and freedom from violence

Small Seed Funding and Fellowship for young African leaders for leading social ventures

These grants are in direct response to community needs and support opportunities, ideas and programs that have been developed by not-forprofit partners to address those needs.
Responsive grants allow for capacity building, project-based or program requests, and general operating support requests.
These grants are made based on the priorities identified by donor-advised fund holders. Alignment with donor advised funds is identified by community leadership and effective philanthropy staff and only at the request of donors and/or after an application has been formally submitted through an open application round.
These grants are in significant alignment with community leadership initiatives identified in the 2019-2024 strategic plans for Marion and Hamilton counties.
CICF will NOT support

Capital requests
Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
Grants to individuals
Organizations or projects that discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
Post-event or debt retirement
Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction project for religious institutions

CICF assesses each funding request using the criteria listed below.

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Human Resource Development for NGOs to ensure Successful Fundraising

Proven Success
measurable outcomes
track record of achieving goals
Strong Leadership
clear mission
board leadership represents community served
fiscally responsible organization
works with partners to leverage efforts
innovative approaches
Cultural Competency
behaviors, attitudes, policies that allow for effective interaction with a diverse community
work viewed through a lens of racial equity
resources necessary to maintain the work
growth strategy
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