Community Impact Grants help nonprofits to be more effective, efficient and self-sustaining. Income from the Foundation's unrestricted funds are awarded through the Community Impact Grant program. The Foundation seeks to fund innovative or creative projects with significant impact on the community served by the nonprofit. 

Applying for a Grant

The Foundation welcomes grant applications from nonprofit organizations which benefit LaGrange County, or its citizens. It generally favors grant requests which:

  • Reach a broad segment of the community
  • Promote cooperation and avoid duplication of services
  • Request seed money to create innovative opportunities to meet needs in the community
  • Provide services that are normally not provided
  • Inspire and encourage additional funding
  • Help make charitable organizations more effective, efficient and self-sustaining

Grantmaking Areas of Interest

Nonprofit organizations serving LaGrange County are eligible to apply in six areas of interest:

Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services, Recreation, Environment, Community Development, and Education

Grant Deadlines

The Community Foundation accepts Community Impact Grant applications twice each year.

  Community Impact Grants Open Community Impact Grants Deadline Notification of Grant Awards
Spring Grant Cycle January 24, 2024  April 3, 2024  June 2024
Fall Grant Cycle June 26, 2024  September 3, 2024  November 2024

How to Apply

The Foundation has an online grant application process. Please review our grant guidelines to determine if your proposal aligns with them. You will be required to upload a few documents in the online application. We recommend you have them easily available in PDF format:

  • Operating Budget
  • Project/Program Budget
  • List of organization's current Board of Directors
  • Copy of your organization's 501 (c)(3) determination letter

Applications must be submitted through our online process by the deadline. Community Impact Grants are awarded based on a competitive grant application process. Grant seekers are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss funding needs before applying. Public and private schools seeking support for classroom or extracurricular activities must apply for funding through LIFE.


Past Grantees: 

If you need to complete a final grant report or would like to access your dashboard on the Online Grants Portal, click here. 


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Please review our grant guidelines to determine if your proposal aligns with our funding priorities.
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Review past grantees to help guide you on your request.
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For your convenience, a pdf preview of the Community Impact Grant Application. You may view the application to formulate your answers in a word document and when ready to complete the application simply copy/paste those answers into the online version of the form in the grants portal. The preview form is provided here for your preparation convenience. You CANNOT use these forms for your actual application submission - you MUST complete the application online. 
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Feel free to use this Sample Line Item Budget.
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Please review our Grantee Media Kit to appropriately acknowledge your grant and the Community Foundation.
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Feel free to use this press release when acknowledging the Community Foundation and the grant that you received.