Apply for Grants
For charitable organizations, putting ideas into motion takes funding. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana is dedicated to helping nonprofits improve the quality of life in our community. The Foundation’s unrestricted endowment (our Community Impact Fund) welcomes applications and project proposals from nonprofit and charitable organizations through the Community Grants Program. CFSI wants to help these nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and meet the needs of our community by accepting two levels of grant requests and the application is open all year.
Community Assist Grants
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have suspended our Community Assist Grant Program at this time in order for us to utilize those resources in supporting the immediate needs of our nonprofit partners in the community serving the most vulnerable directly affected by the coronavirus. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we are working to deploy funding as swiftly and as responsibly as possible. For more information about the COVID-19 Response Grants currently available, please visit our website here.
To help meet the needs of nonprofits serving our community, organizations can apply a Community Assist Grant ($1,000-$5,000).
The Foundation intends for Assist Grants to support a program or activity through a one-time grant which will positively impact the lives of people living in Clark and Floyd counties. Nonprofit organizations that have questions about the appropriateness of a proposed request can contact Crystal Gunther, Director of Community Philanthropy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pathways to Progress Grants
PLEASE NOTE: The launch of the Pathways to Progress Grants is currently on hold to address the needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Grants will focus on serving people with the least access to safe, high-quality public places and amenities, typically those who have low incomes and/or who have transportation or mobility challenges or physical and/or mental differences. When their lives are improved, our communities are more welcoming and attractive to all residents, tourists, and employers.
Dates to Remember
Grant application periods will be open all year round with quarterly deadlines and awards, allowing organization to apply for grants to fulfill their needs when the time is right for them.
Who Can Apply?
The Community Foundation invites all charitable organizations including: charitable 501(c)(3) status organizations, schools, churches and governments in or serving Clark and Floyd counties to apply for grants.
Each year, an independent committee of civic and business volunteer serve on the Foundation’s Community Grants Committee representing both Clark & Floyd counties. After thorough review of all qualified applications the Committee makes a final recommendation for funding to the CFSI Board of Directors. Following board approval, recipients are notified.
Final Report Required
Organizations that have received grants and wish to apply again must first have submitted a final report for any previously funded projects or programs to be eligible for funds again. The final report deadlines may vary. Grantees should refer to their Grant Agreement to determine Final Report dates.
Grant Extension Requests
Grantees that are unable to spend or encumber the entire amount awarded or complete a majority of the funded activity within the funded grant period are required to either refund any remaining balance with an explanation or submit a grant period extension request. Please refer to the Grant Guidelines and Policies if you need to request an extension. Extension Request Forms are available online
How To Apply
The Community Foundation has an online grant application process. Organizations seeking a grant may apply online by clicking the link below.
Tips for Grant Writing
If you’re interested in applying for any of the Foundation’s grants, we recommend reviewing our Tips for Grant Writing page.
CFSI Grant Guidelines & Policies
For more specific information regarding the Foundation’s Grant Program Guidelines and Policies, please follow the link to our Public Reports and Policies page, then select the CFSI Grant Guidelines & Policies. If you are having trouble uploading information through the online grant management system, please let us know by calling (812) 948-4662.