New Grant Model

After a robust evaluation period, we are proud to launch our new, streamlined, smarter grant model.

How it Works

Built to streamline and simplify your grant-seeking process, our new grant model helps alleviate headaches and undue strains on the people working hard to do the most good in Elkhart County. Here is how it all works.



The Idea Paper is a simple way for you to convey your idea to the Community Foundation without hassle, red-tape, and confusion.

No more lengthy forms, just submit a short description of your big idea with an Idea Paper 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 Idea Paper is moving through our system and we'll be in touch with a decision or an interview soon.

Kids & Families

Funding focuses on serving our Elkhart County citizens.

Early childhood services

Mentoring & After-School Programs

Summer Programs

Parental Support

Youth Programming

Social service related issues such as disabilities, senior care, health and wellness & rehab services

Career Pathways

Funding focuses on education, pathways to careers and
life-long learning.

Pipeline of education to career

Internship and apprenticeship programs

Vocation and career development

Transition programs

Post-secondary college access

Skills/trade certificate and college programming

Workforce development

Talent attraction and retention


Funding focuses on enhancing the living experience in Elkhart County.

Entertainment & Arts



Cultural Opportunities



Disaster Relief

Care for Animals

Parks, paths and trails, & recreational amenities

Launching July 1st

Stay tuned for more as we fully ready our teams for a successful roll out of the new grant model.

Available Grants and Resources

If your organization has received a grant from the Community Foundation and the project is coming to completion, visit our Available Grants & Resources page or  Grantee Reports & Checklists page.

Contact Us

Shannon Oakes

Senior Program Officer

Karla Copenhaver

Program Associate

Amanda Jamison

Senior Program Officer
Career Pathways

Samantha Lambert

Program Associate
Career Pathways