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As defined by the Internal Revenue Status, the term charitable “is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erection or maintenance of public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.” A broad definition of charitable activities would include any activity that benefits large groups or communities, where no personal or private benefit is gained, and involve no lobbying or electioneering.

Organizations eligible for grants from Our Community Foundation are those that hold public charity status as determined by the IRS. This includes organization described in section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the tax codes. Grants may also be made to government units for public purposes. In some cases, grants may be made to other nonprofits organization who do not hold 501(c)(3) status if the proposed project or program is deemed charitable and addresses a community need. Any grant made to a unit of government, school, or non-501(c)(3) organization must be in support of a specific project or program. General operating grants will typically not be made to non-501(c)(3) organizations.

Our Community Foundation will not grant to any entity outside the United States. Grants will be focused on nonprofit organizations that benefit residents of Daviess County, Indiana and are established in the community.

Before any grant is made from Our Community Foundation, due diligence will be completed to determine:

• The grant is being made for charitable purposes

• The recipient organization is well managed, fiscally, and pro grammatically

• The organization can carry out the purpose of the grant

• No substantial benefit is gained by any involved party, either from individuals involved in grant activities, or from any donor or subcommittee recommending the grant.

Organizations seeking funding from Our Community Foundation will be expected to provide certain information to the Foundation for due diligence procedures. Information needed will vary depending on the size and nature of the grant.

Our Community Foundation protects financial and personal information that applicants submit to it. This includes information provided by applicants for grants. The Foundation may disclose the identity of grantees and the amount awarded.

Our Community Foundation follows a non-discrimination policy in the selection of all grantees and all persons or organizations who assist, advise, or collaborate with the Foundation. The selection of grantees and selection and participation of persons or organizations who assist, advise, or collaborate with Our Community Foundation are made without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

Our Community Foundation awards grants from funds it administers to charitable, educational, religious, or public entities to address the charitable goals of the donors it serves and the charitable needs of Daviess County, Indiana. The Board of Directors holds final authority to award grants to eligible organization for charitable purposes in alignment with the organization’s mission.

Now Accepting Mini Grant Applications!

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Our Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for our Mini Grant Program. The program is available throughout 2022 for grants up to $250. Mini grants are available to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, agencies, or organizations that are affiliated with non-taxable organizations i.e., schools, churches, city governments located or serving people in Daviess County Indiana.

Mini-grants are designed to fund projects that are small in scale and meet an unanticipated need or opportunity. With smaller grant amounts and a simple application form, our mini-grants can have a meaningful impact on a broad range of nonprofits.

Mini-grants are available on a rolling basis in amounts up to $250. Our Community Foundation focuses our mini-grant funding on Daviess County. Grantees may apply for a mini-grant at any time throughout the year.

Mini Grant FAQ

Mini-grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis with applications due March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Award notification may be expected by March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Our Community Foundation anticipates awarding at least 5 mini-grants each quarter.

Organizations eligible for grants from Our Community Foundation are those that hold public charity status as determined by the IRS. This includes organization described in section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the tax codes. Grants may also be made to government units for public purposes. In some cases, grants may be made to other nonprofits organization who do not hold 501(c)(3) status if the proposed project or program is deemed charitable and addresses a community need. Any grant made to a unit of government, school, or non-501(c)(3) organization must be in support of a specific project or program. General operating grants will typically not be made to non-501(c)(3) organizations.

Applicants must be registered 501(c)3 organizations or have a fiscal sponsor and be located in and/or serving the citizens of Daviess County, Indiana. Mini-grants are evaluated based on the availability of funds and community priorities.

•          Individuals

•          Political activities

•          Organizational endowments

•          Scholarships

•          Religious activities

•          Retroactive expenses or activities that occur before notification of an award

•          Loan payments

Applications are available in Adobe. Download Adobe reader for free. Applications may be obtained by contacting us or clicking the apply button. Applicants will be contacted by Our Community Foundation’s grant committee to obtain any additional information needed for the selection process. Our Community Foundation will publicize grant awards and organizations receiving mini grants will be required to submit verbal and/or written reports regarding grant use.

Submit your application by email or by mail to:
Our Community Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 84
Washington, IN  47501

mary@localforever.org

Grant Reports

  • RSVP of Daviess County

RSVP of Daviess County

Our Community Foundation awarded a grant to RSVP of Daviess County to support the 2023 Yarn Art in the Park event. This planned art and cultural experience will allow our community to appreciate, share and express themselves …

  • Real Recovery, Inc.

Real Recovery, Inc.

Our Community Foundation awarded a grant to support a new recovery program called Recovery Cafe Daviess County. It’s being modeled after very successful Recovery Cafes located throughout the US. We are pleased to support Real Recovery‘s work …