2023 Grant Guidelines

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Impact a substantial number of people in Pulaski County, Indiana
  • Suggest practical solutions to current problems or address a current community interest. Examples include, but are not limited to, issues noted in the "Conversations With our Community" report.
  • Encourage cooperation and elimination of duplicate services
  • Assist grant recipients to achieve certain objectives
  • Are from established non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations

The Foundation generally does not make grants for the following:

  • Annual appeals or membership contributions
  • Debt reduction, existing obligations or building campaigns
  • To or for individuals
  • Travel expenses
  • Political purposes
  • Loans

Operating support is allowed with adequate explanation. The applicant may re-apply for operating support for a total of 3 consecutive years. 

Application evaluation Critera

In evaluating grant applications, the Grants Committee gives consideration to:

  1. Project Quality - established community need, expected benefits, planning, similarity to other programs, reasonableness of budget and grant request, other expected funding sources, potential to leverage other grants.
  2. Community Impact - number of people affected, potential benefit, demonstrated community need/desire for the project, impact on requesting organization, collaboration with other organizations, volunteer commitment to the project.
  3. Project Management - fiscal responsibility, long-range planning, staff and board experience, organizational ability to carry out the project, mission-appropriate, future of the organization.