Emergency grants are intended for sudden, unanticipated and unavoidable challenges that, if not addressed immediately, could threaten an organization’s stability and/or ability to achieve its mission.
The following requests are eligible for consideration.
Natural/accidental disasters (fire, flood, etc.)
Theft or damage to equipment required to operate core programs
Accidental or unexpected occurrence that causes facilities to be inaccessible or programs unable to be operated until resolved.
Unexpected failure or immediate impending failure of equipment that could threaten an organization’s ability to provide programming or services
The following requests are NOT eligible for consideration.
Replacing a gradual loss of funding/declining donation income
Providing interim funding while waiting for government reimbursement
Starting up new programs
Church buildings and grounds (exceptions may be given for daycare ministries)
Problems resulting from an organization’s failure to adequately plan
Food requests (The Community Foundation grant committees respond to food crisis by voluntary means to our food pantries as emergency needs arise)
Our grant 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.
Emergency requests are first reviewed by one of our Program Officers. If the officer sees a need for further clarification of the request, you may be contacted for additional information. All requests are given equal and fair consideration and are not a guarantee of funding.
The Following are types of requests that may be eligible for consideration:
Our team will review your application within 48 hours and notify you during that period on our decision. From that point, your final check will be cut within 2 weeks, or as quickly as 72 hours from your application submission.
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