Grants

for

Emergencies

How it works

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.

Email application
Email application

$250 – $25,000

Final Decision
Final Decision

48 Hour Review

Check processed
Check processed

72 Hours – 2 Weeks

WhAt is eligible?

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

What is NOT eligible?

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)

apply now

Fill out our quick form below or send an email with the answers to our Program Associate, Karla Copenhaver.

frequent questions

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.

Who is eligible to apply for Community Foundation grants?

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.

Who reviews and makes decisions on a grant?

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.

What circumstances are eligible for an emergency grant?

The Following are types of requests that may be 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
What types of things are NOT eligible for funding from an emergency grant?
  • 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: Examples: 1) waiting until a lease expires before trying to locate alternate space, 2) relying on a small number of donors for support without having developed a plan to sustain programming, 3) failure to pay taxes, 4) running operating deficits over multiple years, 5) not anticipating construction contingency costs, 6) failure to plan for maintenance costs and or replacement costs of existing equipment.
  • Food requests (The Community Foundation grant committees respond to food crisis by voluntary means to our food pantries as emergency needs arise)
When can I expect to get an answer about my application?

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 team

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.

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Candy Yoder

Chief Program Officer
Kids & Families

Amanda Jamison

Senior Program Officer
Career Pathways

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Karla Copenhaver

Program Associate
Placemaking and Kids & Families

Samantha Lambert

Program Associate
Career Pathways