Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation of Boone County exists to grow and maintain an endowment to support Boone County’s needs and improve the quality of life in our local communities. In partnership with our Fund Advisors, Board of Directors, and Grants Committee, we award grants to Boone County-serving nonprofits to address local unmet needs. 

Applications for the 2022 granting opportunities are closed.

Please check back at the end of the year for the announcement of 2023 opportunities.

Our annual grant cycle changes from year to year, so we encourage nonprofits to stay up to date with our grant opportunities when planning out future initiatives and grant funding. Some of our grants are awarded to nonprofits through a recommendation from a fund advisor, while other grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Applicants should thoroughly read the requirements and qualifications before applying for a grant to determine eligibility, and should also keep in mind that those applying may or may not receive funding – and those who do receive funding may not receive 100% of their request.

Application Procedures

To apply for grants, all nonprofit organizations will need to create a username and password on our grantmaking system, GLM. Once an account is created, you’ll use this system to apply for grants, submit completed grant agreements, final reports, and more. Contact our office with any questions!

Reporting Requirements

Grant reporting requirements vary based on the type of grant and where the funds originated from. Specific requirements for each awarded grant are listed in the grant agreement, which must be signed by the grantee before funds can be awarded. Any questions on reporting can be directed to our staff.

Interested in funding?

We are always interested in learning about new organizations, programs, and initiatives. Nonprofits may complete a letter of inquiry via our online portal. Completing the letter of inquiry does not guarantee a review for funding. If more information about your work is needed, a staff member will call and may request a site visit. The CFBC staff regularly pass grant requests along to fund advisors, in effort to match our donors with needs that align with their philanthropic goals and passions.

Community Grant Opportunities

These grants are offered through various entities, not through CFBC. Please contact them directly with questions.

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  • Boone REMC Operation Round Up GrantThis grant awards up to $10,000 to an eligible nonprofit to make a big impact on our community, in the categories of community service, economic development, education & youth, environment, disaster relief, or any combination of the preceding. Eligible nonprofits must be located in within the Boone REMC service territory. Grants are awarded bi-monthly.
  • Community Enrichment Grant – This grant enhances the quality of life for residents, business owners, and visitors to the Town of Zionsville. Eligible nonprofits must be located in Boone County & serve Zionsville residents and businesses. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards are made on a semi-annual basis: March 30 & September 30.
  • Dollar General Literacy Grants – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to support literacy and learning. Eligible nonprofits must be located within 15 miles of a Dollar General store. Grants are awarded on various dates throughout the year.
  • Duke Energy Foundation Grant– The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. Grants are awarded on various dates throughout the year.
  • Historical Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant Program– This federal program of the National Park Services is intended to assist important local preservation projects and makes subgrant awards in 3 project categories through an annual competitive funding round. Eligible applicants include registered nonprofits, county & municipal government agencies, colleges & universities. Grant application deadline is the first Friday in October, selected projects are notified in February, projects must be completed by June 30 of the following year (ensuring to follow the State grant agreement).
  • Indiana Afterschool Network – Indiana Afterschool Network provides funding opportunities to help afterschool and learning programs with the resources they need to develop & grow. This link provides a comprehensive list of their own grants, as well as many other grant opportunities throughout the state of Indiana. Grants are awarded on various dates throughout the year.
  • Indiana Humanities GrantsIndiana Humanities offers a number of grant opportunities each year. View all of their grant opportunities on this page; make sure you scroll down to see the open grants. Grants are awarded on various dates throughout the year.
  • SIA Foundation GrantThe SIA Foundation awarded grants to improve the quality of life & help meet the needs of residents, in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, and Health & Welfare. There are spring & fall grant cycles with specific application timelines.
  • Women of Impact Grant – Each quarter, the members of Women of Impact meet & vote on which nonprofit to award the quarterly grant to. Eligible nonprofits must serve Boone County; the fourth quarter grantee also must serve children & women. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis at the Women of Impact meetings.
  • Zionsville Community Grant – This program enhances the quality of life for residents, business owners, and visitors to the Town of Zionsville. Awards are made on a semi-annual basis.