The Community Impact Funding Initiative is designed to fuel innovative ideas and lasting impact in our community by granting funds to nonprofits to meet our community’s most pressing needs and seize its most compelling opportunities.

On an annual basis, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC) entertains funding requests for projects and programs that will benefit the citizens of Bloomington and Monroe County. Grants are awarded from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund, select field of interest funds, and from collaborative funding provided by Community Foundation partners, including the Smithville Charitable Foundation. Grant funding is designed to support a broad range of community needs such as arts and culture, social and health services, education, recreation, beautification and preservation, animal welfare, the environment, and community development opportunities.

2019 Community Impact Funding Initiative Grant Guidelines

FAQs for Community Impact Funding Initiative grants

Through the Community Impact Funding Initiative, the Foundation seeks to invest in projects that are forward thinking, community changing in their implementation, practical in their application and unique to the community. The amount of the grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000. Highest priority in the evaluation of grant proposals will be given to projects that incorporate and embrace the following:

  • Innovative or transformative solutions to critical community issues
  • Collaboration across organizations and/or sectors to increase impact and effectiveness
  • Projects/programs that plan for long-term sustainability (when applicable)

Impact grants will be made to local 501(c)(3) nonprofits and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501(c)(3) status. This includes units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations. Impact grants may be awarded to religious organizations for programs that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction. To confirm eligibility, please contact Marcus Whited at & (812) 333-9016.


  • September 12, 2018: Letters of Intent Due to Community Foundation
  • September 28, 2018: Selected Applicants Receive Invitations for Full Proposals
  • November 6, 2018: Full Applications Due to Community Foundation
  • December 2018: Grant Awards Announced; Funding Available


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