Community Grants

Meeting ever-changing community needs

These grants are made from a number of unrestricted family funds, field of interest funds and the BRCF Community Endowment Fund. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Grants are offered 2 times a year in the areas of Health, Education, Social Service & Civic programs/projects.

Field of interest funds are also included in this grant application process. These funds cover the following areas of interest: beautification, at risk youth or abused and neglected youth, persons with disabilities,and recreation.

Field of interest funds are also included in this grant application process. These funds cover the following areas of interest: beautification, at risk youth or abused and neglected youth, persons with disabilities,and recreation.

+ Deadlines

There are two competitive community grant cycles per year:

Cycle I: May 1st deadline
Cycle II: September 1st deadline

Grant requests must be received at the Foundation office no later than 5 p.m. on the deadline date. However, if the above dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the application is due on the last business day prior to that date. Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decisions within 60 days of the deadline date.

+ Application procedure

Organizations interested in submitting a grant request should first submit the General Grant Interest Form. This form should contain a brief statement of the applicant’s needs for assistance and enough factual information to enable determination of whether or not the application falls within the guidelines and policies of the Foundation’s grant program. View the guidelines and policies below or request a copy by contacting the Foundation office.

If the grant request meets the Foundation’s funding guidelines, the organization will be invited to submit a full grant application packet. Please do not submit an application without first discussing it with the Foundation’s Program Administrator, Lynne Ensminger.

Grant applications may be submitted at any time, but will only be reviewed during the next upcoming grant cycle. The applicant organization may be contacted for additional information if needed. When the completed application and all required attachments are received, staff will prepare the request for review by the Foundation Grants Committee. This committee is comprised of Foundation Board members and community advisors. An organization can expect a decision regarding its application within 60 days after the grant application deadline. All grant applicants will be notified in writing or by personal phone call of the Foundation’s funding decision.

These guidelines and policies apply only to the unrestricted philanthropic funds of the Blue River Community Foundation and not to those funds for which the donor has designated the beneficiary or has restricted the use of a particular fund to a specific charitable purpose. Those designated and restricted funds will be administered separately in relation to their respective donor agreements.

 

 

Arts + Culture Grants

Grants that enrich our lives

The Blue River Community Foundation provides funding for arts and cultural projects, programs and organizations serving the Shelby County area to foster community engagement, professionalism, and long-term growth in the Shelby County arts community.

+ Deadlines

There are two competitive arts and culture grant cycles per year:

Cycle I: May 1st deadline
Cycle II: September 1st deadline

Grant requests must be received at the Foundation office no later than 5 p.m. on the deadline date. However, if the above dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the application is due on the last business day prior to that date. Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decisions within 60 days of the deadline date.

+ Application procedure

Please do not submit an application without first discussing it with the Foundation’s Program Administrator, Lynne Ensminger.

Grant applications may be submitted at any time, but will only be reviewed during the next upcoming grant cycle. The applicant organization may be contacted for additional information if needed. When the completed application and all required attachments are received, staff will prepare the request for review by the Foundation’s Arts Committee. This committee is comprised of Foundation Board members and community advisors.

An organization can expect a decision regarding its application within 60 days after the grant application deadline. All grant applicants will be notified in writing or by personal phone call of the Foundation’s funding decision.

 
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Community Racino Grants

Supporting non-profit programs + projects

Funded by Shelbyville and Shelby County Racino Income
Administered by the Blue River Community Foundation

Shelbyville and Shelby County are pleased to offer a community grant program that is funded through racino income that they receive annually under state law. The City and County recognize that many organizations are working continually to enhance the quality of life, and wish to support this work by offering grants to be awarded annually through a competitive selection process.

The City and County partner with the Blue River Community Foundation to administer the grant selection process. The Foundation is a community-based philanthropic organization with over 20 years of experience in community grant making.

The City and County will make grants once annually through a competitive process administered by the Blue River Community Foundation to charitable causes that serve the residents of Shelby County.

+ Deadlines

Grant requests must be received at the Foundation office no later than 5 p.m. on August 1 of each year. However, if this date falls on a weekend or holiday, the application is due by 5 p.m. on the last business day prior to that date. Applications may be submitted electronically, but please do not fax applications or attachments.

+ Application procedure

Grant applications may be submitted at any time, but will only be reviewed during the next upcoming grant cycle. The applicant organization may be contacted for additional information if needed. When the completed application and all required attachments are received, staff will prepare the request for review by the Foundation Grants Committee. This committee is comprised of Foundation Board members and community advisors. An organization can expect a decision regarding its application within 90 days after the grant application deadline. All grant applicants will be notified in writing or by personal phone call of the Councils’ funding decisions.


These guidelines and policies apply only to the City and County Racino funds and not to other BRCF funds for which the donor has designated the beneficiary or has restricted the use of a particular fund to a specific charitable purpose. Those designated and restricted funds will be administered separately in relation to their respective donor agreements.

 

 

Grants for Teachers

Supporting innovative ideas in the classroom

The Foundation is looking for classroom ideas or projects that utilize innovative and creative approaches to learning. The grants are not for replacement of lost funds or “business as usual,” but to support a teacher with a small dream. A limited number of grants, up to the amount of $500 each, will be awarded each year. Programs that do not meet these guidelines cannot be funded. 

Applications will be accepted from school teachers teaching in any of the Shelbyville or Shelby County public or private schools. Projects will be funded one time, not for repeat years.

+ Deadlines

Grant applications may be submitted at any time.

+ Application procedure

The application should be completed and sent to Lynne Ensminger, Program Director. You can email, mail or fax the application back to the Foundation. If you don’t have an application, please call 317-392-7955 to request one. You will receive a response to your proposal promptly.

 

 

Hometown Community Grants

Supporting projects in your community

One of the Foundation’s most important jobs is to help caring people meet their charitable goals by connecting them with the causes they care most about. Recognizing that many people care most about the area where they live or grew up — their own “hometown community” — the Foundation has established four geographic area funds, called “Hometown Community Funds.”

Each fund serves one of the four corners, or quadrants, of Shelby County by generating grants that will benefit projects or organizations serving the residents of each fund’s designated area. Each area is determined by the borders of the County’s school districts. Grants are selected by an advisory committee of residents from each area.

The grants awarded from these funds are able to support almost any charitable project or organization that serves the residents of each fund’s area. Examples would include schools, volunteer fire departments, historic restoration projects (including cemeteries), town improvements, public beautification projects, youth programs, senior citizen programs, or community education programs. It is the Foundation’s hope that these funds will become wonderful resources for all of Shelby County.

No matter what part of Shelby County you call “home,” you have an opportunity to make a lasting impact for that area for generations to come. “Hometown Community Funds” provide a wonderful resource for the future generations of your hometown community.

+ Deadlines

Grants from these funds are awarded on different schedules, so please open the grant application and review the guidelines for each one that you may be interested in applying to.

 
 
Blue River Community Foundation
54 W Broadway Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176

 
 
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Questions about grants?
Contact Lynne Ensminger, Program Officer.
lensminger@blueriverfoundation.com
317.392.7955
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