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Since January of 2018, the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has required nonprofits that apply for grant funding to have at least one current board member  complete an HCCF-approved nonprofit board governance training program. To help nonprofits meet this requirement, HCCF offers Building Dynamic Boards of Directors training multiple times a year. HCCF began holding nonprofit board training sessions in the fall of 2015, and were held three times each during 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In 2019 the Building Dynamic Boards of Directors sessions are scheduled  4 pm –  8 pm for March 5 & 12; June 20 & 27; and October 8 & 15. Contact our office to reserve your spot at the next training. Participants will sharpen their knowledge of nonprofit board development, fundraising, strategic planning, managing change and other topics essential to nonprofit boards of directors. Attendees must attend both days of the training session to qualify for the Certificate of Completion.

Online grant applications are accepted anytime throughout the year. Applications must typically be submitted 90 days prior to an event to be considered. Applicants have 60 days to complete a grant application once started. Grant requests of $200,000 and over are subject to an additional review by the Finance Committee. Decisions will typically be made within 120 days of the agency’s successful application submission. 

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 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 must request a grant application review prior to submission. This service is provided to assist you and does not reduce or replace the applicant’s responsibility for the content of the package. Contact Anna Curts at the Foundation office at (812) 738-6668  or annac@hccfindiana.org if you have any questions or have your application ready for review.