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The Community Strategies Grant Program is comprised of approximately 70 funds established by donors. These funds give INWCF the flexibility to make funding decisions that accommodate changing needs and capitalize on timely and compelling opportunities in our region.  Grant amounts typically are between $5,000 and $30,000 and support grants in a wide range of program areas.

Program Areas

   Arts & Culture

   Community Improvement
   Includes animal protection and welfare; public safety and disaster preparedness;
   employment and economic development 

   Education

   Environment
   Includes conservation and protection; beautification; education

   Human Services
   Includes food & nutrition; housing & shelter; health; youth services; family services; senior
   services  

Grant Funding Categories

Program/Project Support
These grants are restricted to a specific program or project that provides a direct benefit to the organizations constituents to achieve measured results.

Capital/Equipment
These grants support the construction, purchase and renovation of facilities, land acquisition, and occasionally the purchase of vehicles or equipment. 

Capacity Building
These grants strengthen an organization to better achieve its mission. Capacity building may include but is not limited to: infrastructure improvement, organizational assessment, strategic planning, board/staff development etc.

Important Resources

 The Community Foundation encourages requests that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • promising potential of long-term impact on residents and/or physical environments
  • meaningful, reasonable, and measurable outcomes
  • innovative approaches to address community issues
  • strengthening and enhancing community assets
  • building the self-sufficiency of individuals and/or organizations
  • attracting additional funding
  • utilizing effective partnerships and/or collaborations

The following links are provided to help answer questions and provide important information about the INWCF application process. Please take time to review the links for relevant information. 

Eligibility and Funding Criteria  

Grant Review and Assessment

Recently Awarded Grants

Grant Application Tips

Application Deadlines

 

 Generally Do Not Fund

The Community Strategies Grant Program generally does not provide support for: 

  • Individuals
  • Academic or scientific research
  • Debt retirement, operating deficits or after-the-fact support
  • Direct or grassroots lobbying
  • Expenses, including travel expenses to attend conferences, workshops, events or symposia, unless part of a broader capacity building request that improves the organization’s ability to deliver services
  • Endowments
  • Publications, radio, video or film production
  • Public, Private or parochial education institutions (including their foundations) except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs and are not considered standard educational services.
  • Replacement of lost/expired government funding
  • Programs addressing specific diseases or health conditions or other special-interest organizations, except when such support significantly benefits the disadvantaged.
  • One-time fundraising events or fundraising campaigns
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Organizations or projects that unlawfully discriminate with regard to employees, volunteers, delivery of programs or services, or clients served based on age, sex, religion/creed, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, military or veterans status, pregnancy or genetic information.
  • Hospitals (including their foundations) except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs.
  • Universities (including their foundations) except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs.
  • Governmental agencies except in special circumstances when support is essential to programs/projects that meet community needs
  • Programs with religious content. In considering applications for funding from faith-based organizations we will apply the following criteria:
    • The program or service to be funded must be open to all members of the community (not just members of the particular faith community applying for funding)
    • In the course of providing programs or services, faith-based organizations cannot proselytize, nor require clients to participate in or adopt any specific religious practice or belief.

Application

The Community Strategies Grant Program has two cycles per year. An organization may apply for funds once every twelve months per grant program. If you applied for a grant in one round of Community Strategies, regardless of award, you may not apply again in the following round. For application dates, please see our Application Calendar.

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Application for funding ($10,000 or less)

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Open: July 10, 2017

Deadline:  August 23, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. (late applications will not be accepted)

Application for funding (More than $10,000)

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Open: July 10, 2017

Deadline for preliminary application: August 23, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. (late applications will not be accepted)

Deadline for full application: September 22, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. *Note, you will be notified by September 1, 2017 if you've been invited to submit the full application.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about any of INWCF’s grant programs, please INWCF Grants Program Officer Lauren Nissen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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