COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

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.

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. In recent years the amount of the grants has ranged from $10,000 to $50,000. Highest priority in the evaluation of grant proposals were given to proposals 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)

For the 2020 grantmaking cycle, priority consideration will be given to projects and programs identified as priorities in the Monroe County Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan.  Developed through the Regional Opportunity Initiatives’ (ROI) Ready Communities Initiative, the Monroe County plan was completed in 2019 through a community engagement process co-led by the Community Foundation and Bloomington Economic Development Corporation.  A 28-person advisory team of community stakeholders served as the advisory team and provided input to ensure the plan was locally relevant. 

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. 

Process and Timeline: Interested applicants are asked to submit a two-page (maximum) letter of intent to CFBMC.  Letters of Intent will be reviewed for alignment with criteria, quality, and anticipated outcomes.  A select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. 

8/7/19 – Impact Grant workshop at Fountain Square Ballroom
9/6/19 – Letters of Intent Due to Community Foundation
9/23/19 – Selected Applicants Receive Invitations for Full Proposals
10/30/19 – Full Proposals Due to Community Foundation
12/12/19 – Grant Awards Announced; Funding Available

There will be an Impact Grant workshop and information session on August 7 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Fountain Square Ballroom on the south side of the square in Bloomington. The purpose of this event is to provide details regarding the priority focus area being the Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan, explain what the Community Foundation is looking for in a strong proposal, walk through the process, and answer any questions that you might have. Please RSVP for this workshop by emailing Marcus Whited at marcus@cfbmc.org .

For 2020 Impact Grant Guidelines – click HERE

For 2020 Impact Grant FAQ’s – click HERE

To confirm eligibility or pose questions, please contact Marcus Whited at marcus@cfbmc.org & 812-333-9016.

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