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Beginning in 2018, the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) will require nonprofits that apply for grant funding to have at least one current board member who has completed an HCCF-approved nonprofit board governance training program. To help nonprofits meet this requirement, HCCF is offering Building Dynamic Boards of Directors training sessions this summer and fall. Participants will sharpen their knowledge of the most critical elements of nonprofit boards of directors. They will learn about nonprofit board development, fundraising, strategic planning, managing change, and other essential topics.

Two upcoming Building Dynamic Boards of Directors sessions are planned, and they will both occur at HCCF, located at 1523 Foundation Way NE in Corydon. One session will occur on July 11 and 18 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the other session will occur on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees must attend both days of a session to qualify for the Certificate of Completion.

A new grant policy was implemented January 1, 2016 that made grant cycles obsolete. Online grant applications are now accepted anytime throughout the year. There are no deadlines or grant cycles. One application is used for all requests. Applicants have 60 days to complete a grant application once started.

All nonprofit agencies providing services to residents of Harrison County, Indiana are eligible to apply. HCCF will only allow a grant application from an agency that has been in business a minimum of two years from the  date of their most recent IRS Letter of Determination. Agencies must be listed in good standing on the IRS Publication 78 and/or the Business Master File and must have completed the annual filing with their Secretary of State. Schools, religious organizations, some civic organizations and local governmental units may be exempt from this requirement. Applicants should be able to present the organization’s IRS Letter of Determination (LOD) indicating their status as a 501(c) not-for-profit.

****Note: Business Entity Report filings change….To do business in the State of Indiana, nonprofits must file a business entity report with the Indiana Secretary of State. Effective July 1, 2016, the schedule moves to a biennial filing. Fees will increase from $10 to $20. It is important that nonprofits keep this important task on their radar, as eligibility for certain grants is dependent upon up-to-date filings. Learn more or look up your organization

Grant applications must be completed in accordance with the approved publicly published application now listed on the Grant Applications Tab. Agencies with extraordinary circumstances that do not have access to the internet should contact the HCCF staff.

Refer to Grant Making Policy & Procedures under the Grants tab for details and instructions.

To facilitate the preparation of complete grant applications, applicants are encouraged to utilize Foundation staff assistance. This service is provided to assist you and does not reduce or replace the applicant’s responsibility for the content of the package. Applicants must call the office prior to submission to request a review. Contact Anna Curts at the Foundation office at (812) 738-6668  or annac@hccfindiana.org if you have any questions or desire assistance.