HCCF Grantmaking Guidelines
Eligible applicants must be public, tax-exempt organizations by Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, who serve Hancock County and surrounding communities.
Eligible organizations will be in good standing with HCCF, meaning they are current on all grant reports.
Ineligible Organizations or Activities: Applications for religious indoctrination or other religious activities, deficit financing, fundraising, lobbying, electioneering, and activities of political nature will not be considered, nor will proposals for ads, sponsorships, and any proposals which discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed or ethnicity.
Other: HCCF grants will not reimburse expenses committed for projects, programs, capital improvement, and/or equipment. Final grant evaluation reports will be required to be submitted by the grantees as outlined by the Foundation in the Grant Agreement. Dollars should be expended within 12 months of the Grant Award Date.
2018 White Family Grant Description
The purpose of the White Family Foundation Fund, a fund of the Hancock County Community Foundation, is to assist local community development and support initiatives that enhance the desire to live, work and play in Shirley, Indiana and nearby surrounding communities.
Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, beautification projects, building facade improvements, recreational enhancements and accessibility, public safety and transportation. Eligible applicants must serve Shirley, Indiana and/or nearby surrounding communities which may include but are not limited to Wilkinson, Knightstown, Charlottesville, Kennard, Carthage, Willow Branch, Greensboro, and Grant City.
For questions, contact Katie Ottinger, HCCF Community Investment & Grants Officer.
May 11, 2018, 4 p.m.: Grant Proposals Due (this application).
Grant Applications submitted after 4 p.m. on May 11 WILL NOT be accepted.
July, 2018 : White Family makes grant recommendations to HCCF, HCCF reviews and approves and applicants are notified
December 31, 2019: Grant report due
Tips for Success
- Answer all the questions in each section, UNLESS otherwise indicated. If a question is not applicable to your grant request, mark the field “N/A”. Do not leave any fields blank.
- Do not include any materials other than those specifically requested at this time.
- When completing the online application, you may save the application and return to it over time by clicking “Save and Continue Later” at the bottom of the application. You will email yourself a link that you can use to edit your application any time during the application period.
- When you have completed the application, click “SUBMIT”. You will not be able to return to make changes after the application has been submitted. If you must make adjustments to your application after the submission deadline, contact Katie Ottinger Be sure to save your work.
- You are encouraged to type your narrative answers into a word processing program, saving often, then cut and paste into the on-line grant application. You have limited ability to change the formatting of your narrative answers in the on-line form. Be specific and concise – you are limited to 150 words for each answer!
- If the instructions indicate that you must attach a file, click “Choose File” where indicated and select the appropriate file from your hard drive for the requested attachment.
- Please note that in addition to the applicant, the Board President must also “electronically sign” the application by agreeing to the terms at the end of the application.
A Successful Application
– Documents the grant’s relevance to the organization’s mission and services.
– Shows that the organization has a past record of being financially viable and shows strong resource development capacity.
– Demonstrates operation of effective programs that benefit Hancock County and its residents.
– Evidences strong management by organization’s Board of Directors and executive staff
My organization meets the grant qualifications and wishes to apply