Grant Opportunities

Making change possible within our community starts with making funding available. If you have a project or an idea in need of financial support, explore our available grants to see how we can help bring your vision to life.


Other Grants



  • Requests must be for $1,500 or less.
  • Requests for emergencies or immediate needs will be given priority.
  • Requests should be for a one-time expense. Mini Grants will not sustain operating or programming costs from year to year. Mini-Grant requests to cover a portion of a new ongoing expense must explain the plan for future sustainability.
  • The applicant must be the organization that will benefit from the proposed use of the funds.
  • Organizations may receive up to $1,500 in Mini Grants per calendar year.
  • Mini Grants are administered on a rolling cycle each calendar year. Applications are accepted and evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis until funds available for the calendar year are gone.

Annual Grant Cycle

This grant process is now closed.

The Annual Grant Cycle is the Community Foundation’s main competitive grant opportunity for programming and capital improvement needs. This grant cycle is currently closed and will reopen January 2024.

Eligibility & Criteria

Exercising due diligence is an important part of our work at the Community Foundation. Grants will not be awarded from any fund type until our staff evaluates an applicant’s eligibility. Each grant opportunity may have additional eligibility requirements and award criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Grants will not be awarded from any fund type until CFHC staff complete due diligence to assure:

  • The grant must support a charitable purpose.
  • Grantee is a 501(c)(3) or equivalent* in good standing with the IRS including schools, churches, local government agencies, and programs, or other tax-exempt organization that meets expenditure responsibility requirements
  • The funds must be used solely for the stated purpose, and any unused funds must be returned.
  • Grantees must maintain program and financial records to verify expenditures and activity related to the grant.
  • Grantees must repay any portion of the amount granted that is not used for the grant’s purpose or expended prior to the grant period’s termination.
  • Grantees must return any unspent funds if they lose their exemption from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Grantees must submit a completed grant evaluation as outlined in the grant agreement.
  • Grantees must acknowledge the Community Foundation’s role in any publicity and provide pictures of the project.

Follow Instructions and Include Required Documentation

Include all required documentation with your grant proposal and follow the instructions completely.

Keep a Copy of Your Application

Keep a copy of your grant application for future reference. You can always access a copy of your application on our online grants portal.

Provide a Detailed and Reasonable Budget

Grants Committee members will recognize under-budgeted or padded requests, so make sure to provide a detailed and reasonable budget for your project. 

Include Price Lists or Written Estimates

Do your homework on costs and provide price lists or written estimates as attachments. 

Use Relevant Statistics

Statistics are helpful to justify your proposals, but statistics specific to Hancock County will provide better justification for funding. Include information on how many Hancock County residents will be served by your program and the source and relevance of your statistics.

Avoid Jargon, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

We suggest asking someone who is not familiar with the project to read and critique your application. Make sure they can understand and clearly explain what your project is, the costs, and the results you hope to achieve.

Applications that include religious instruction, proselytizing or other religious activities, deficit financing, lobbying, electioneering, and activities of political nature will not be considered, nor will proposals for sponsorships and any proposals that discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed or ethnicity.

Yes, churches may apply for grants. However, please note applications that include religious instruction, proselytizing or other religious activities will not be accepted. Grant applications from churches must show evidence that the proposal will impact the broader community beyond the church’s congregation. Capital improvements to church property will only be considered with evidence of non-church, community groups also benefitting.
No, individuals are not eligible to apply for grants. However, if the community service project is charitable in nature and in coordination with an eligible nonprofit organization, that nonprofit may submit an application to support the project. The nonprofit must agree to all reporting and responsibilities associated with a grant. For grant cycles that limit the amount of funding a nonprofit can receive in a calendar year, this grant would count toward that total.

Grants Awarded

A Message From Katie Ottinger

I’m available to answer any questions related to grants and nonprofit programs. Reach out to me by email or phone.

A Message From Carol Reynolds

I’m available to answer any questions related to the online grants portal. Reach out to me by email or phone.

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