Community Investment Grants are made available from our unrestricted pool of resources. Ideas are funded in support of projects or programs which address our three priority areas with the ultimate goal in mind of improving quality of life for Elkhart County.
Simply review the requirements to receive a grant, submit your idea through our online application process that addresses one of our priorities areas, and you’re off and running. A member of our team will contact you in 7-10 days. If your grant falls below $25,000, it will be decided in less than 6 weeks. If it’s more than that, you’ll know in 2-6 months.
Funding focuses on serving our Elkhart County citizens.
Early childhood services
Mentoring & After-School Programs
Social service related issues such as disabilities, senior care, health and wellness & rehab services
Funding focuses on education, pathways to careers and
Pipeline of education to career
Internship and apprenticeship programs
Vocation and career development
Post-secondary college access
Skills/trade certificate and college programming
Talent attraction and retention
Funding focuses on enhancing the living experience in Elkhart County.
Entertainment & Arts
Care for Animals
Parks, paths and trails, & recreational amenities
After a robust evaluation period, we are proud to launch our new, streamlined, smarter grant model.
We have decreased the amount of time it will take you to apply, just submit your idea through our brief online application to our grants team.
Our team will sort through the idea, put it in the right category, and get back to you in 7-10 business days.
Your application seamlessly moves through our system and we'll be in touch with you concerning next steps.
Our three priorities are comprised of Kids & Families, Placemaking, and Career Pathways.
When you construct your idea be sure to specify the exact population you’re planning to serve with the grant dollars. Knowing your specific audience helps us to understand how your monies will be used and who will benefit.
We understand your idea is an important one, but it’s imperative that you make a compelling case about it. Tell us why your idea is impactful and unique; how it truly moves the needles here in Elkhart County.
It’s not just important to have a great idea; it’s important that your idea fits in the landscape of Elkhart County and serves a unique niche. Be sure to know other organizations like yours and how they differ from yours.
Collaboration always makes for the best results and that’s equally true in terms of the non-profit landscape. Finding ways to collaborate with other strong organizations is looked at positively by our team.
Targeted totals help keep your project on task and help our committee members understand the scope of your idea.
It’s very important to understand exactly how you’ll be spending the grant monies. This isn’t a bureaucratic roadblock; it’s the sort of financial responsibility that makes the Community Foundation uniquely good at making an impact.
We don’t just want to understand what you need and how you operate… we want to understand what you hope to achieve. If you partner with the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, what can our county expect as a result?
It’s important that your idea is sustainable, with or without a grant. If your idea requires a consistent investment (beyond this first award), how exactly do you intend to ensure the organization or idea continues to be funded at an appropriate level?
Keep it short and sweet.
Our grant response team has put together a list of frequent questions that our grantees have during the process. Take a look through those questions before you contact the support team.
Organizations classified as non-profit tax-exempt public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. Most will be identified as a 501(c)(3), however, a few other institutions such as public entities, Schools*, Municipalities*, Libraries, and Chambers of Commerce may also qualify.
(*) Due to the number of departments, schools, and clubs within each school corporation and our municipalities; the Community Foundation requires all applications be approved by the highest ranking official within your governing body (i.e. superintendent’s or mayoral office) before an idea application may be submitted.
The Community Foundation would not exist without “community.” We believe it is our responsibility to maintain a process which preserves community volunteers as decision makers in the grant making process with support from Community Foundation staff. Therefore, the Community Foundation has developed a grant model consisting of three committees, representing our three priority areas, each made up of a broad spectrum of volunteers within our community. After committee recommendations are made a summary is then forward to our Board of Trustees for approval.
The Community Foundation has a set of core criteria by which our grant committee members make decisions on funding requests. The three criteria for Community Investment Grants are: goals, partners, and sustainability.
Most recipients will complete a report and (may) complete a site visit on or before the 1 year anniversary of their grant date. Some projects may take longer, therefore due dates are provided to you. Recipients of a multi-year grant should expect an annual progress report and possibly a site visit before the distribution of their next year’s grant. Also, depending on the nature and size of your grant, an additional comprehensive report may be required 2-3 years following the end of the grant (typically applied to multi-year or long term programs). Site visits, when requested, typically fall in the month after your report is due to allow our Program Staff time to review the information before your visit. However, site visits are flexible (especially when dealing with Indiana weather). Again, these dates will be provided to you.
The Community Foundation loves to share in our partners’ success and in telling your story. We encourage our grant recipients to download our logo and samples of our press related materials. In addition, we also encourage you to reach out to our Advancement Team to discuss additional marketing or promotions you would like to consider in support of your project and how we may be of help.
Our program officers are available to help answer questions, give feedback, and help shape your grant request to be sure you have the best chance to serve Elkhart County in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Chief Program Officer
Placemaking and Kids & Families
Senior Program Officer
Associate Program Officer