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Grants to Improve the Quality of Life in Muncie and Delaware


The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. is currently accepting applications for its Quarterly Competitive Grants.

Donor Name: The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.

State: Indiana

County: Delaware County (IN)

City: Muncie

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/17/2021


The Community Foundation’s purpose is to contribute to improving the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. To that end, grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and culture, community betterment, economic development, education, and human services.

Grants are awarded from the Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation, named unrestricted funds, and select field of interest funds and align with the priorities established by the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation. Grants are generally awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations and may also be awarded to units of government, schools, etc., that are classified as public charities.

The Community Foundation accepts applications quarterly which are reviewed by a volunteer grants committee that make recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. The Foundation seeks to invest in projects and programs that address current and potential issues in the community, taking advantage of compelling opportunities for improvement and by focusing on the long term success of Muncie and Delaware County. Grants are awarded for projects and programs that work towards practical solutions and positive results for recognized community priorities.

Grant applications are encouraged for projects or programs that are one or more of the following:

  • Provide a clear and compelling case for need both for the community and from The Community Foundation
  • Link to pre-defined community wide goals (ex: Vision 2021) within the five broad areas of interest
  • Yield substantial benefits to the community for the resources invested
  • Offer the potential for lasting change for future generations
  • Provide a catalyst for action and community participation
  • Reach a broad segment of the community with services which are presently not provided
  • Promote collaboration among two or more agencies without duplicating services
  • Provide startup money for innovative programs and projects that are not duplicative
  • Leverage matching gifts or additional funding from other funding sources
  • Provide annual operating expenses for start-up organizations, transitional funding, or capacity building to help make the organization more effective and efficient and better able to reach sustainability
  • Provide annual operating expenses for existing organizations with a proven track record of successful and effective program results and a clear and compelling need for funding from The Community Foundation

The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or that perceived as a disability in the consideration of grant requests. Likewise, the Foundation does not knowingly support programs that negatively discriminate based on the aforementioned factors.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for religious purposes, for political activities, for reduction of debt or excessive budget deficits, for travel expenses, for fundraising specific events or projects, for contributions to endowments or for specific program or project expenses that are already covered by planned tax distributions received by a government agency for current year state approved budgets. The Foundation does not typically award to statewide (IN), out of state or national organizations unless the monies are to be used solely to benefit citizens of Delaware County, Indiana. The Foundation does not award grants that provide direct benefit to a donor or donor’s family.

Each grant awarded will be evaluated and a post-grant report is required for each grant received. A post-grant report, including financial/expenditure information, is required for the organization to remain in good standing and be eligible for future grant awards. All overdue post-grant reports must be received before the due date of any current grant applications for the Grants Committee to review the current application.

For more information, visit Quarterly Competitive Grants.

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