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We are focused on making our community a vibrant place to live, work and play.

To create open communities in Elkhart County which inspire, attract, engage, and connect people, to enrich their living experience.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Vibrant Downtowns
  • Trails & Parks


  • Events (arts, culture, entertainment)

Public Art

Where We Invest

Care for Animals

Cultural Opportunities

Disaster Relief


Entertainment & Arts



Parks, paths and trails, & recreational amenities


Story Highlight

Amber Burgess in the Goshen Theater


The story of Goshen Theater, reborn.

Click. Click. Click. her Vintage Ferragamo’s, Studded And Black, Clack Across The Empty Stage. Maple Boards Creak Intermittently, Each Filled With Memories Of The Thousands Of Footsteps That Have Come Before.

As she slowly edges across the floor, she’s careful to feel each board, she’s careful to feel each imperfection, the result of generations of previous acts. The subtle bend under her foot bounces back with a pulse of history she swears she can feel.

The theater is dark. Lights off, her mind is left to fill in the details, to soften the imperfections. The glow from the emergency exit bounds through the dusty air and falls soft on her auburn hair as she begins.

Amber Burgess has done this act before. Whenever she finds a new space, she takes time, alone, to get to know it. To have a conversation with it. This conversation is a classic one.


The idea application


We have decreased the amount of time it will take you to apply, just submit your application through our brief online application to our grants team.


Our team will sort through the application, 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.

Tips for Grant Seekers



Our grant response team has put together a list of frequently asked 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.

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.

Candy Yoder
Chief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Candy Yoder oversees all the grant making processes at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and…

Karla Copenhaver
Grants Administrator

Karla Copenhaver says her role as Grants Administrator for the Community Foundation of Elkhart County is the best job in…

Amanda Jamison
Senior Program Officer

As Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Amanda Jamison supports efforts to improve career advancement and…

Samantha Lambert
Associate Program Officer

As Associate Program Officer, Samantha Lambert works to connect students with the array of scholarships available from the Community Foundation…