Appendices

Federal Funding

Business Federal Funding

 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

“LFPP grants fund local and regional food business enterprises that serve as intermediaries to process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally or regionally produced food products. Projects also provide technical assistance and outreach, including planning grants for local food businesses.”

This program offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises.

Source:  LFPP (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2016, from https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp/

Eligibility requirements:

Activities can include but are not limited to training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems. Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Such entities may include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives
  • Producer networks and associations
  • Community supported agriculture networks and associations
  • Other agricultural business entities (for-profit groups)
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations
  • Economic development corporations
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities
  • Local and tribal governments

You can find the requirements for submitting an application in the most recently published Request for Applications.

Application process:

The following forms which can be found on www.grants.gov must be submitted:

  • FMPP Narrative Form
  • Forms SF-424
  • SF-424A
  • SF-424B
  • AD-3030
  • AD-3031

Additionally, applicants must include the following forms if they apply:

You need to complete the following steps to apply for a grant:

  1. Apply for a DUNS number
  2. Register with System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

Register with www.grants.gov

Contact information:

LFPP Program Manager
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 4534-South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0269
Email: USDALFPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 720-2731
Fax: (202) 690-4152

Kim Harmon, Grants Management Specialists
Email: Kim.Harmon@ams.usda.gov

Velma Lakins, Grants Management Specialists
Email:  Velma.Lakins@ams.usda.gov

Zoemi Santiago, Grants Management Specialists
Email: Zoemi.Santiago@ams.usda.gov

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp/

 

Community and Social Funding

Environmental Education (EE) Grants

This grant promotes environmental awareness and supports environmental education projects. The EE Grant has distributed anywhere between $2 and $3.5 million in funding per year since 1992.

Eligibility requirements:

Must be one of the following operating in the U.S.:

  • local education agency
  • state education or environmental agency
  • college or university
  • non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • noncommercial educational broadcasting entity
  • tribal education agency (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation)

Application process:

Complete the application and budget forms, according to the directions in the RFP which is available on www.grants.gov. The forms are available on the same site by selecting “Application Forms” tab. Materials should be submitted in the following order electronically:

  • Two Federal forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) and Budget (SF 424-A)
  • Work Plan (up to 8 pages):
    • Project Summary (recommended 1 page)
    • Detailed Project Description
    • Project Evaluation Plan
    • Detailed Budget Showing Match and Sub-grants (not included in the page limit)
    • Appendices (not included in the page limit)
    • Timeline
    • Logic Model Showing Outputs and Outcomes
    • Programmatic Capabilities and Past Performance
    • Letters Stating Responsibilities of Partners, if applicable

Contact information:

Environmental Protection Agency
US EPA, Region 5
77 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
Contact: Megan Gavin
Email: gavin.megan@epa.gov
http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

The NLG supports projects that address challenges faced by libraries. Provides anywhere between $10,000 and $2,000,000 for project and research, up to $50,000 for planning, and up to $100,000 for national forum.

Eligibility requirements:

Must be a library operating in the U.S. Must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount greater or equal to the grant amount. The applications are encouraged to address national digital platforms and learning in libraries as well as other ways to better U.S. libraries.

Application process:

The process as well as dates for the given year are provided on the following site: https://www.imls.gov/nofo/national-leadership-grants-libraries-fy16-2-notice-funding-opportunity

Contact information:

Institute of Museum and Library Services
1800 M Street, N.W.
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036-580
Contact: Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer
Phone: (202) 653-4639
Email: tcarrigan@imls.gov
https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/national-leadership-grants-libraries

 

Farmer Market Promotion Program

“The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.” -FMPP overview

Source: Farmers Market Promotion Program. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2016, from https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fmpp

 Application process:

In order to apply each application must include the following forms which can be found on www.grants.gov:

  • FMPP Narrative Form
  • Forms SF-424
  • SF-424A
  • SF-424B
  • AD-3030
  • AD-3031

Additionally, applicants must include the following forms if they apply:

The applicant must then follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Apply for a DUNS number
  2. Register with System for Award Management (SAM.gov)
  3. Register with www.grants.gov

Contact information:

Program Manager
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 4534-South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0269
Email: USDAFMPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 720-0933
Fax: (202) 690-4152

Contacts:

Earlene Henderson-Samuels, Grant Specialist
Email: Earlene.Henderson-Samuels@ams.usda.gov

Karl Hacker, Grant Specialist
Email: Karl.Hacker@ams.usda.gov

Theresa (Teri) Davis, Grant Specialist
Email: Theresa.Davis@ams.usda.gov

Camia (Mia) Lane, Grant Specialist
Email: Camia.Lane@ams.usda.gov

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fmpp/apply

 

Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects

“The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.” Awards range from $0 to $160,000.

Source: Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects. (n.d.). Retrieved April 7, 2016, from https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar-sustainable-community-projects

Eligibility:

Must be considered 1862 Land-Grant Institutions or 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. No matching is required.

Application process:

Must follow the steps outlined in the Request for Applications (RFA) that is linked to the website.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Contact:

Bonita Williams, Ph.D, National Program Leader of Division of Youth & 4-H
Phone: (202) 720-3566
Email: bwilliams@nifa.usda.gov

Lisa Hampton-Buie, Program Specialist of Division of Youth and 4-H
Phone: (202) 720-4087
Email: cyfar@nifa.usda.gov

http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar-sustainable-community-projects

 

Federal Housing Funding

HOPE VI Main Street Program NOFA

Provides grants for communities wanting to renovate historic or central business districts by replacing unused commercial properties with affordable housing. Up to $500,000 is available.

Eligibility:

Must be a local government whose jurisdiction includes the area that is proposed for the affordable housing.

Application process:

Local government must apply.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Phone: (202) 708-1112
TTY: (202) 708-1455
Contact: Lawrence Gnessin
Email: lawrence.gnessin@hud.gov

Grants.gov Customer Support
Phone: (800) 518-GRANTS or (800) 518-4726
TTY: (800) 877-8339.
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa16/hopevi

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

“The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.”

Source: Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). (n.d.). Retrieved April 07, 2016, from http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/communitydevelopment/programs

Eligibility:

Grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan that includes citizen participation. The program must benefit low and moderate-income persons and work to prevent or eliminate slums and blight.

Application process:

Local government must apply

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Phone: (202) 708-1112
TTY: (202) 708-1455
http://www.stablecommunities.org/stabilization-planning/fund-your-plan/federal-funding-sources#NSP

 

FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program

Borrowers can obtain one loan to finance purchasing and rehabilitation of a property. Borrower can borrow based on the projected value of the property after rehabilitation.

Eligibility requirements:

Credit and income qualification still apply. The types of improvements that borrowers may make are:

  • structural alterations and reconstruction
  • modernization and improvements to the home’s function
  • elimination of health and safety hazards
  • changes that improve appearance and eliminate obsolescence
  • reconditioning or replacing plumbing; installing a well and/or septic system
  • adding or replacing roofing, gutters, and downspouts
  • adding or replacing floors and/or floor treatments
  • major landscape work and site improvements
  • enhancing accessibility for a disabled person
  • making energy conservation improvements

Application process:

Applications must be submitted through an FHA approved lender. Which in Muncie include (found through http://fha203klenders.net/indiana-in/muncie/):

  • Amerifirst Financial Corp
  • First Republic Mortgage Corporation
    • 1812 W. McGalliard Road
      Muncie, IN 47304
    • (765) 282-0507 or (765) 282-1845
  • Polaris Home Funding Corporation
    • 3621 N. Everbrook Lane, Suite 1
      Muncie, IN 47304
    • (765) 747-7000 or (765) 747-1000
    • polarishfc.com

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Phone: (202) 708-1112
TTY: (202) 708-1455,
Contact: HUD-approved housing counselor
Phone: (800) 569-4287
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/203k/203k–df

 

Federal Infrastructure Funding

Surface Transportation Program (STP)

Offers funding for public transportation capital improvements, car and vanpool projects, fringe and corridor parking facilities, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and intercity or intra-city bus terminals and bus facilities.

Application process:

Apply through the following link:  http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/specialfunding/stp/ http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3786.html.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service Center
Phone: (202) 366- 4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

 

Non-urbanized Area Formula Grant Program (Transit Grants for Rural & Small Urban Areas)

Provides funds for operating, and administrative assistance to state agencies, local public bodies, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations, and operators of public transportation services.

Eligibility:

Projects must meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clean Air Act, or bicycle access projects.

Application process:

See FTA Circular C 9040.1F, “Non-urbanized Area Formula Program Guidance and Grant Application Instructions.” http://www.fta.dot.gov/laws/circulars/leg_reg_6519.html. The link to the actual application is: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3555.html.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service Center
Phone: (202) 366- 4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

 

National Scenic Byways Program

Provides funds for: planning, design, or development of a State or Indian tribe scenic byway program; development and implementation of a corridor management plan; safety improvements to accommodate byway travelers; facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, rest areas, turnouts, highway shoulder improvements, overlooks, or interpretive facilities; access to recreation enhancements; resource protection; tourist information; and byway marketing.

Application process:

FHWA will solicit applications online through the following link: http://www.bywaysonline.org/grants/.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service
Phone: (202) 366-4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (49 U.S.C. 5310)

Provides capital funding to states for the purpose of assisting private non-profit groups and certain public agencies in meeting the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Application process:

See FTA Circular C9070.1F, “Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program Guidance and Application Instructions” (http://www.fta.dot.gov/laws/circulars/leg_reg_6622.html). Then follow this link to apply: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3556.html.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service
Phone: (202) 366-4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

 

Job Access & Reverse Commute Program (JARC)

Funding available to address the unique transportation challenges faced by welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. Many new entry-level jobs are located in suburban areas, and low-income individuals have difficulty accessing these jobs from their inner city, urban, or rural neighborhoods.

Application process:

See FTA Circular C9050.1, “The Job Access and Reverse Commute Program Guidance and Application Instructions” (http://www.fta.dot.gov/laws/circulars/leg_reg_6623.html.) Then follow this link to apply: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3550.html.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service
Phone: (202) 366-4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

The Federal Highway Administration’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation use, safety, and accessibility. The Program is responsible for implementing Federal transportation legislation and policy related to bicycling and walking.

Application process:

Pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs are eligible for almost all Federal-aid highway funding categories. Applicants should consult program eligibility criteria available in their State. The State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators can help with questions specific to each State.

To apply follow this link: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service
Phone: (202) 366-4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

 

The Safe Routes to School Program

The funding is for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects and to administer Safe Routes to School Programs that benefit elementary and middle school children in grades K-8.  Each state is responsible for hiring a full-time Safe Routes to School Coordinator to implement a SRTS state wide program.

Application process:

The national SRTS program is federally funded, but managed and administered by each State Department of Transportation (DOT). The complete list of SRTS Coordinators can be found at:  http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/contacts/complete_list.cfm Clikc on the following link to apply: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes.

Contact information:

Where to mail grant request letter:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (855) 368-4200
Contact: DOT Customer Service
Phone: (202) 366-4000
https://www.transportation.gov/livability/grants-programs#sthash.3vXjUj1M.dpuf

State Funding

Lilly Endowment Fund

The Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The Endowment affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector. It supports three areas: Religion, Education and Community development. They support these areas by providing funding to local non-profits and various organizations that are involved in the three areas. Through its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, the Endowment has supported the development and flourishing of community foundations. The second is through its support of the Indiana Association of United Ways and its programs to help more than 60 United Ways throughout the state. Potential recipients of this fund are the Ross Center and any other existing community foundation that focuses on religion, education and community development. There are several initiatives as well that have the potential to receive said funding once established. The grant excludes funding for libraries.
Application process:
• Submit a preliminary letter of no more than two pages.
o What is the organization about?
o What is the project the organization has in mind?
o The amount of support needed from the organization.
• A full proposal may be requested if preliminary letter warrants further consideration.
• Do not email or fax requests. Mail to the P.O. Box address listed below.
Those that meet the criteria for consideration proceed to the appropriate division for review, then to the corporate officers, and finally to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors considers grants in March, June, September, November and December. The grant review process takes three to six months. All grant seekers receive written notification of decisions.

Contact Information:

Program Office

Lilly Endowment Inc.
P.O. Box 88068
Indianapolis, IN 46208-0068
Website: http://www.lillyendowment.org/guidelines.html
 

Indiana Business Credit Corporation

Indiana Business Credit Corporation helps established businesses in areas grow, with the idea that more jobs will be established from the project. This could be used to expand a small business, such as a local restaurant. They could use the financing credits to open a new location, leading to job growth. The Credit Corporation takes a subordinate collateral position, participating in projects that need at least $200,000 in total new financing. The Credit Corporation can provide $100,000 – $500,000 but not more than 50% of the project financing.

Contact Information:

Contact: Charles Kennedy
Email: ckennedy@cambridgecapitalmgmt.com
Phone: (317) 843-9704 ext.124

Cambridge Ventures L.P.

Cambridge Ventures L.P. is an investment firm that will provide capital for startup businesses. They provide capital from $100,000 to $1,000,000, and funds generally structured as debt. Management team is reviewed followed by a review of the product and market. A decision to invest is only made after an exhaustive review of the company, the product, the market, and the individuals involved. Each project is unique and each offer is tailored to the needs of each applicant. This could be beneficial for the neighborhood to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit. The needs of the applicant are met, and there are no set standards in what the business will be. This would allow for more job growth to occur in the neighborhood, with an addition to a new business.

Contact Information:

4181 East 96th Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 843-9704
Fax: (317) 844-9815
Website: http://www.cambridgecapitalmgmt.com/cambridge-ventures.php

Contact: Bob O’Brien
Email: bobrien@cambridgecapitalmgmt.com
Phone: (317) 814-6192 ext. 131

Contact: Jean Wojtowicz
Email: jwojtowicz@cambridgecapitalmgmt.com
Phone: (317) 814-6192 ext. 126

Lynx Capital Corporation

Lynx Capital Corporation invests in established small businesses to help them grow by providing a credit corporation loan. The hopes of Lynx Capital is that their investment in a small business will lead to fiscal growth of small businesses, while adding jobs. This would be beneficial for small businesses in the neighborhood to expand their operations to grow the tax base of the area. The minimum project size is $75,000. The business must have a minimum of 5 employees and 3 years in business.

Contact Information:

4181 East 96th Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Contact: Charles Kennedy
Phone: (317) 814-6193 ext. 124
Email: ckennedy@cambridgecapitalmgmt.com
Website: http://www.cambridgecapitalmgmt.com/lynx.php

 

Industrial Recovery Tax Credit

The Industrial Recovery Tax Credit is for communities that have old industrial sites. The grant money is given to businesses that want to relocate to the area to renovate the site, and is also available to communities so that they can renovate the site, and attract new potential businesses.

Contact Information:

Website: http://www.iedc.in.gov/incentives/industrial-recovery-tax-credit/home

Shovel Ready Program

The Shovel Ready Program is designed to market former industrial sites, and vacant land for development, while illustrating the communities’ commitment to economic development.

Contact Information:

Contact: Brad L. Moore, Shovel Ready Project Manager
Email: bmoore@iedc.in.gov
Phone: (317) 233-6796
Website: http://www.iedc.in.gov/programs/shovel-ready-program

Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

With the amount of vacant homes and blighted areas, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) would be instrumental in the revitalization of the neighborhood. CDBGs provide funding for the development or rehabilitation of housing for low-income individuals.

Contact Information:

Website: http://www.in.gov/ihcda/2529.htm

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

The HOME program provides funding for the development or rehabilitation of housing for low-income individuals. Another component is access to predevelopment and seed money loans available exclusively to state-certified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) that will assist in the planning stages of an affordable housing development. HOME grants for affordable housing development activities and/or loans to CHDOs for predevelopment/planning activities.

Contact Information:

30 South Meridian Street, Suite 1000
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-7777
(317) 232-7778
Website: http://www.in.gov/myihcda/2460.htm

AmeriCorps 2016/2017

AmeriCorps is a nation-wide service program that is administered through individual states. Loosely modeled after the Peace Corps, it provides a funding for hiring a full-time AmeriCorps service member (paid by a modest living stipend), as well as a small amount of funding for specific programming. The member typically works for one year, and a annual renewal process is required each year to keep a member/funding (this is a stringent process, although less difficult than the initial application). The application process is known to be competitive and demanding, and may only be done by a 501(c)3 non-profit working on an ‘evidence-based’ model. ‘Evidence based’ essentially means that there is existing research (either in your community or elsewhere) proving that the work you are doing is effective.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps awards are fantastic way to get a specific program up and running, and to get a full-time staff member to work to make the program long-lasting and sustainable. Youth programs, public health programs, community gardens, and public works (trail/parks building) are common uses for AmeriCorps support.

The application process is extremely demanding and stringent. Serve Indiana suggests that all of the application materials (including a 60 page application instruction booklet) be reviewed and a “Readiness Assessment” (located on the Resources for Organizations page) be completed by the organization before starting the application. Joining the e-newsletter is also highly advised, as important application information is regularly sent out to subscribers. All of this is available via the website link below.

Contact Information:

10 North Senate Avenue
Indiana Government Center South, SE 206
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 234-8845
Fax: (765) 747-4898
Contact: A representative will be assigned to the neighborhood’s application when application is submitted.
Email: info@serveindiana.gov
Website: http://www.in.gov/serveindiana/2347.htm

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Hometown Indiana Grant Program

The Hometown Indiana Grant Program is a state matching assistance program that provides grants for 50% of the costs for the acquisition and/or development of recreation sites and facilities, historic preservation and urban forestry. Appropriations to finance the Hometown Indiana Grant Program are determined every two years by the General Assembly.

Since Hometown Indiana is a reimbursing program, the project sponsor does not receive the grant funds at the time an application is approved. The sponsor must have the local matching 50% of the project cost available prior to application, and they are then reimbursed 50% of the actual cost of the project. The local match may consist of budget appropriations; bond issues; loans; private donations of equipment, materials, land and cash; and force account contributions of equipment and labor. The Hometown Indiana grant applicants may request amounts ranging from a minimum of $10,000 up to a maximum of $200,000.

To be eligible for the park and recreation category of the Hometown Indiana grant program you must be a municipal corporation as defined by Indiana Code, and have an up-to-date five year park and recreation master plan, or a comprehensive plan which includes parks and recreation development. Eligible types of development include:

• Natural areas
• Interpretive facilities
• Linear greenways and trails
• Sports and playfields
• Recreation centers
• Nature centers
• Camping and support facilities
All facilities should be universally designed for persons with disabilities and the park board’s facilities, programs and activities must be open to the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national, origin, age or handicap.

Contact Information:

Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4068.htm

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant Program

The Recreational Trails Program is a matching assistance program that provides funding for the acquisition and/or development of multi-use recreational trail projects. Both motorized and non-motorized projects may qualify for assistance. The project sponsor will not receive a cash grant at the time of project approval. Instead, the sponsor must pay the bills and then be reimbursed for a maximum of 80% of the expenses incurred for the project according to the terms of the project agreement. Reimbursement is not permitted for work that takes place prior to project approval. At the time of application the project sponsor must have at least 20% of the total project cost available. The local share may include tax sources, bond issues, Community Development Funds, Farmers Home Administration Loans, or force account contributions. The donated value of land, cash, labor, equipment and materials may also be used. Applicants may request grant amounts ranging from a minimum of $10,000 up to a maximum of $150,000. All units of government and agencies incorporated as not-for-profit corporations are eligible to participate.

Projects will be eligible if they provide public access to trails. Funds from RTP can be used for:

• Development and rehabilitation of trailside, trailhead facilities, and trail linkages
• Construction of multi-use trails
• Acquisition of easement or property for trails
• Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails (limited to 5% of State’s funds)
• Providing stream and river access sites
• Construction of bridges, boardwalks and crossings
• Signage
• Building of sanitary facilities and other support facilities (e.g., water fountains, etc.)
All facilities should be universally designed to accommodate all people. Facilities, programs and activities funded through this program must be open to the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national, origin, age or handicap.

Contact Information:

State & Community Outdoor Recreation Planning Section
Division of Outdoor Recreation
402 West Washington Street, Room 271
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2782
Phone: (317) 232-4070
Fax: (317) 233-4648
Contact: Bob Bronson
Email: bbronson@dnr.IN.gov
Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4068.htm

Clean Water Act Section 205(J) Grants

Project must be sponsored by: municipal governments; county governments; regional planning commissions; or other government agencies.

Projects must be working on water quality management planning and design. Funds are to be used to determine the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source pollution problems and to develop plans to resolve these problems. The program provides for projects that gather and map information on nonpoint and point source water pollution, develop recommendations for increasing the involvement of environmental and civic organizations in watershed planning activities, and develop watershed management plans. Traditionally, local watershed projects have been funded up to $80,000, but statewide or larger scale projects may be funded. Projects are usually one to two years in length. Projects that are primarily to meet permit requirements, enforcement action or agreed orders are not eligible for funding.

The following are two priorities for 205(j) funds:

• Projects Developing a Watershed Management Plan
• Plans to Protect and Restore Ecosystems Critical to Water Quality
Section 205(j) funds are intended to be start-up funds, not a continuous funding source. Sponsors may seek funding for two phases of a large project; however, sponsors are generally not funded more than two times for similar efforts. Payment of 205(j) funds is made in arrears upon receipt of an invoice and other applicable documentation. Payment can be expected 4-6 weeks after IDEM receives the Invoice.

Contact Information:

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Watershed Planning and Restoration Section
100 North Senate Avenue
MC 65-44 Shadeland
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Contact: Doug Campbell
Phone: (317) 308-3369
Email: npsgrants@idem.in.gov
Website: http://www.in.gov/idem/nps/2941.htm

Indiana Landmarks

Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grant, Endangered Places Loan, and Endangered Places Acquisition Program, Legal Defense Grant

These are three separate (but related) funding opportunities that are administered through the state-wide non-profit Indiana Landmarks. All three provide different types of funding opportunities for saving historic properties that are “endangered”—in danger of destruction, removal, abandonment, or disrepair. All three require 501(c)3 non-profit status, or program affiliation with a 501(c)3 non-profit status.

The Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grant is for non-profits organizations, professional firms or businesses that deal with historic preservation, and for organizations trying to further develop. It provides funds on a 4-1 matching basis (they will match $4 for every $1 raised locally), funding 80% of the project cost up to $2,500. The grant is only to be used to fund organizations or firms working on local preservation projects, and not on actual physical restoration work. This type of grant is a common one for funding local preservation societies, clubs, or firms, but not for specific physical projects.

The Endangered Places Loans is a program from Indiana Landmarks that provides low-interest loans (up to $75,000) to buy or restore historic properties. When a property is purchased with this loan, the buyer must agree to place a protective covenant to the property deed—which essentially legally obligates future buyers of the property to protect the property for its historic value.

The Endangered Places Acquisition Program is similar to the loan above, but involves the property being purchased by Indiana Landmarks, and then sold to the interested party with low-interest if the party promises to restore the property. This is used as an alternative to the loan program and may be the route that Indian Landmarks chooses to take if they deny your loan application.

Indiana Landmarks also has a $2,000 legal defense grants for organizations or groups requiring financial assistance with legal fees associated with acquiring, protecting, or restoring historic properties. These funds are considered on a case-by-case basis.

These three funding opportunities are great for if the neighborhood association wishes to acquire and restore historic properties in the community, or set up an organization that does so. East Central Neighborhood Association, for example, used similar funding opportunities in the past to start a non-profit restoration developer to buy and fix up historic properties.

Contact Information:

Contact: JP Hall, Eastern Coordinator
Email: east@indianalandmarks.org
Phone: (765) 478-3172
Fax: (765) 478-3410
Website: http://www.indianalandmarks.org/resources/pages/grantsloans.aspx

African American Landmarks Awards

The African American Landmarks Grant is to assist organizations in the preservation and promotion of historic African American sites or properties. It provides funds on a 4-1 matching basis (they will match $4 for every $1 raised locally) up to $2,500. The grant is only to be used to fund organizations or firms working on local preservation projects, and can also be used for actual physical restoration work. This grant is not restricted to official non-profit organizations, and churches, schools, libraries, historic societies, and similar groups are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

Contact: Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services
Email: mdollase@indianalandmarks.org
Phone: (765) 478-3172
Fax: (765) 478-3410
Website: http://www.indianalandmarks.org/resources/pages/grantsloans.aspx

Historic Preservation Education Grant

In conjunction with the Indiana Humanities Council, Indiana Landmarks awards grants up to $2,000 for educational projects, lectures, workshops, conferences, video/publication production, and tourism/cultural programs related to historic preservation. Examples of how Thomas Park/Avondale could use this funding includes producing films about the neighborhood’s heritage, erecting historic landmark signage or placards, or creating an educational history tour in the neighborhood. All three require 501(c)3 non-profit status, or program affiliation with a 501(c)3 non-profit status. Proposals are due in early March each year, and full applications are due in April. The application is linked below.

Contact Information:

Indiana Landmarks – Eastern Office
PO Box 284
Cambridge City, IN 47327
Phone: (317) 639-4534
Fax: (765) 478-3410
Contact: Suzanne Stanis, Director of Heritage Education and Information
Email: sstanis@indianalandmarks.org
Website: http://www.indianalandmarks.org/resources/pages/grantsloans.aspx
Application: http://www.indianahumanities.org/pdf/HPEG2015.pdf

 

Local Funding

Alliance For Strategic Growth, Inc.

Alliance for Strategic Growth is a non-profit corporation that works with WorkOne and provides regional service for eastern Indiana. Alliance can help in the following ways:

  • Pay bills for people who qualify
  • Help people find jobs
  • Provide local schooling
  • Provide specialized training for jobs

They can also help people grow their business and give them tools to succeed. This service is completely free for anyone.

122 E. Main St.
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: (765) 282-6400
Contact: Mike Row, President/CEO
Email: mrow@asgcorp.org
www.asgcorp.org/

Animal Rescue Fund, Inc.

Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill animal rescue organization. Programs provide shelter, medical care, and love to abused and abandoned animals until permanent homes are found.

1209 W. Riggin Rd.
Muncie, IN 47303
Phone: (765) 282-2733
Fax: (765) 282-6002
www.munciearf.com/forms/feedback/

Ball Brothers Foundation

With all Ball Brothers Foundation (BBF) grants, applicants must create an online account for the preliminary screening. This account must be for an organization, not an individual. Applications are submitted online only. To access applications, click “Apply Now” on the foundation’s webpage. Log in with the e-Grant information created during the registration process. Select the grant type to apply for listed under “Opportunities” on the left-hand side of the screen, and a blank application should appear. Answer all the questions on each tab of the application and attach any required documents. The system will time out after 20 minutes of inactivity. Should the deadline have passed to apply for a particular grant, it may not be listed. The foundation provides money to start new programs in communities. Applying for grants takes place online and follows two cycles. All applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on the deadline date. Deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend still apply.

Ball General Grants

BBF will consider Program/Project requests, Operating Support requests, or a combination of the two. Request for consideration must begin with a Preliminary Letter of Inquiry submitted by the stated deadline dates. A full proposal will only be considered if the Preliminary Letter of Inquiry has received the approval of the President/COO of BBF. Grant requests will be considered at the spring and fall board meetings. Organizations who submitted proposals will be notified of board decisions within one week of the board meeting (typically the third week of May and October).

Cycle I Deadline
Preliminary Letter of Inquiry February 15
Selected General Grant Proposals April 1*
Cycle II Deadline
Preliminary Letter of Inquiry July 15
Selected General Grant Proposals September 1*

*Letter of Inquiry must have been approved by the President/COO.

Who is eligible: Tax-exempt organizations and institutions
Award: No limit
Application process: The preliminary application must be submitted first. If approved by the President and COO, then the full proposal must then be submitted. Applications can be submitted through the eGrant portal.

Ball Rapid Grants

A limited number of rapid grants are designed to provide immediate funding to organizations for the following type of needs, but not limited to:

  • Continue a project
  • Provide professional development
  • Buy equipment or materials for a project
  • Travel to meet representatives to advance ideas for a project
  • Formulate a project idea
  • Carry out a mandated law or event
  • Seed money to begin a new project

Organizations can request up to $5,000 for a rapid grant. Applications are accepted between February 1 and November 30. Requests will be immediately reviewed immediately by BBF staff, and organizations are typically notified of the decision within four business days of submission. Awards will be issues upon receipt of the signed Mutual Understanding Agreement.

Who is eligible: Tax-exempt organizations and institutions
Award: $5,000 maximum
Application process: For projects, equipment, professional development, etc. that require immediate funding, an application must be submitted to the Foundation.
Deadline: Accepted between February 1 and November 30

222 S. Mulberry St.
Muncie, IN 47305-2802
Phone: (765) 741-5500
Fax: (765) 741-5518
Contact: Donna Munchel, Grant Process Manager
Email: donna.munchel@ballfdn.org
www.ballfdn.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that works with the community to help play a positive role in the lives of all children. They help change the way children are growing up, supporting them in their development to become confident, competent and caring adults. They provide children with a one to one relationship with a big brother or big sister. This agency allows both youth and adults living in Delaware County to become connected with one another. Any child is invited to participate regardless of income, parental status, or disability. Any adult who would like to volunteer can do so by going through a simple screening process. See below for more information on how to apply.

Basic Eligibility for Children:

  • Be between the ages of 6-14
  • Be a resident of Delaware County, IN
  • Children are eligible from any family situation, including two parent families, single parent
  • families, blended families, or from a family situation that lacks the supportive involvement of both parents
  • Be willing to make a commitment of one year to the program
  • Child Enrollment form: bbbsmuncie.org/images/uploads/childapp.pdf

Basic Eligibility to Volunteer:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be a resident of Delaware County, IN; one of the surrounding counties; or a Ball State student
  • Be willing to commit one year to the program
  • Have a valid driver’s license, a reliable means of transportation, and car insurance
  • Each volunteer must complete a thorough screening process that includes: an in-person interview a complete background check providing three references attending a training session prior to being matched willingness to commit consistent and reliable contact, preferably on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with your Little Brother or Little Sister willingness to be in contact with your match support coordinator throughout the duration of your match.
  • Volunteer Enrollment form: bbbsmuncie.org/images/uploads/volunteerapp.pdf

220 N. Walnut St.
Muncie, IN 47304
Phone: (765) 284-414
www.bbbsmuncie.org

Bridges Community Services, Inc

An organization serving Muncie and Delaware County, which focuses on developing, providing, and coordinating housing, supporting services, education, and employment programs for low-income individuals and families.

318 W. 8th St.
Muncie, IN 47304
Phone: (765) 282-3948
Contact: Susan Kemp, Executive Director
www.bridgescs.org

The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.

Quarterly Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation’s purpose is to contribute to improving the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County. Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a community benefit in the following areas of interest: arts and culture, human services, economic development, education, and community betterment. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations. Forms may be obtained online or by calling the foundation office. First-time applicants are required to contact the foundation prior to submission to discuss grant proposals. Upcoming 2016 deadlines are January 8; April 8; July 8; and October 7. Apply Online

Kitselman Grants

The following areas of focus have been established for grants from the fund: fine arts, recreation, children, and the history of East Central Indiana. The Kitselman Advisory Board meets each year to review applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation, which makes the final selection of grant recipients. Kitselman applications are reviewed in the first quarter of each year, so applicants are requested to submit their application materials by December 31st of each year. Most grants from the Fund will be of a significant amount, usually in excess of $25,000. Apply Online

Maxon Fund Grants

The Maxon Foundation Fund will generally award grants to organizations and programs that support at-risk children and families. Most grants will be awarded in the $5,000 – $15,000 range. Maxon grant applications are due July 31st each year. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant no later than September 30th. Apply Online

P.O. Box 807
Muncie, IN 47308
Phone: (765) 747-7181
Fax: (765) 289-7770
Contact: Cheryl Decker, Executive Assistant
Email: cdecker@cfmdin.org
www.cfmdin.org/main/grant-seekers/

Department of Community Development

This department administers grants to the City of Muncie from U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, which includes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Community Development Block Grant-Recovery Act (CDBG-R). Awards are given on a yearly cycle. Most grants require a 501(c)(3) certification.

300 N. High St., Third Floor
Muncie, IN 47305-1639
Phone: (765) 747-4825
Fax: (765) 747-4898
Contact: Terry Whitt Bailey, Director
Email: tbailey@cityofmuncie.com
www.cityofmuncie.com/muncie-community-development.htm

Foundation Resources for Grant Writing

The Foundation Directory online in the Maring-Hunt Library allows non-profit organizations to configure multiple search fields to examine thousands of funding organizations and programs, view application guidelines, analyze successful grant projects, view IRS 990-PF tax returns and more. Foundation grants to individuals allow users to search thousands of funding organizations for scholarships, fellowships, loans and internships; search by school or corporation; pursue research or professional funding and seek welfare and special needs grants. Appointments are required. Appointments are required.

Maring-Hunt Library
2005 S. High St.
Muncie, IN 47302
Phone: (765) 741-7336
Contact: Rebecca Parker
Email: rparker@munpl.org
www.munciepubliclibrary.org

George and Frances Ball Foundation

The George and Frances Ball Foundation’s focus areas for giving are higher education, primary and secondary education, health and human services, environment and conservation, historic preservation, arts and education, youth development and civic enhancement.

Who is eligible: Organizations and institutions with 501(c)(3) status
Award: No limit
Application process: Applications instructions can be found online. Submit one copy to kris@ballassociates.org and have a print copy mailed or delivered to the office.
Deadlines are four weeks prior to board meetings. 2016 deadlines are March 18, May 17, June 14, August 22, September 16, November 11, and December 9.

P.O. Box 1408
Muncie, IN 47308
Phone: (765) 747-4825
Fax: (765) 747-4898
Contact: Kris Gross, Executive Assistant
Email: kris@ballassociates.org
www.gfballfoundation.org/index.html

Greater Muncie, Indiana Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteer labor and donations to build and repair houses. The houses are given to needy families that have gone through an application process. Applications are available at the Habitat office (1923 S. Hoyt Ave) Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. They are also available at application meetings, held on the second Monday of each month at the Habitat office at 5:30pm. Contact Program Director Jena Ashby with any questions or to RSVP for an application meeting.

Applicants may be eligible for a Habitat home if they meet these three guidelines:

  • I have a need for affordable housing.
  • I do not own a home.
  • My current housing is inadequate or too expensive.
  • I am not able to obtain a conventional mortgage.
  • I have the ability to pay a mortgage payment.
  • I do not have unpaid liens or judgments.
  • I have not declared bankruptcy within the last 12 months.
  • My income falls within the guidelines below.
  • I am willing to partner with Habitat.
  • I am willing to partner with Habitat by completing 250 hours of “sweat equity.”
  • I am willing to pay a down payment of approximately $1,000.
  • I will attend homeowner education classes.
  • I am willing to live in the areas where Habitat is building.
Family Size Minimum Income Maximum Income
1 $11,350 $22,620
2 $12,950 $25,860
3 $14,550 $29,100
4 $16,150 $32,280
5 $17,450 $34,920
6 $18,750 $37,500
7 $20,050 $40,080
8 $21,350 $42,660

P.O. Box 1119
Muncie, IN 47308
Phone: (765) 286-5739
Fax: (765) 289-0592
Contact: Jena Ashby, Program Director
Email: jashby@munciehabitat.org
www.munciehabitat.org

Marsh Supermarkets

Marsh Supermarkets have a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which they serve.  The company funds a wide range of requests, including events. A 501(c)(3) tax ID number is required to apply for funding. Requests may be submitted both online and through mail. Requests for donations under $1,000 must be submitted at least six weeks in advance of the event or date needed. Requests for major sponsorships ($1,000 or more) must be submitted six months in advance.

9800 Crosspoint Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phone: 1 (800) 845-7686
www.marsh.net/community/marsh-giving/

Muncie-Delaware Clean & Beautiful

Muncie-Delaware Clean and Beautiful is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and renewal of Muncie and Delaware County. A primary purpose is to engage in beautification activities, such as neighborhood cleanups and community gardening, that will enhance the appearance of Muncie and Delaware County. It also educates the public about proper trash disposal and preventing litter. Neighborhood cleanups are an integral part of the neighborhood beautification process. These events bring neighbors together with a purpose in mind: to make a visible impact on their home. Large cleanups need to be coordinated with the

Muncie Sanitary District (MSD) to reserve the use of trash trucks. Smaller cleanups can happen at any time, using residents’ totes or making pickup arrangements with the MSD using the following contact information:

Neighborhood Cleanup Programs
811 E. Centennial Ave.
Muncie, IN 47303
Phone: (765) 747-4865

MDCB can help interested neighbors by promoting the event, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, and loaning out equipment and supplies for the event.

201 E. Jackson St.
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: (765) 273-3714
Contact: Jason Donati
Email: j.debo.donati@gmail.com
www.beautifulmuncie.org

Muncie Mission Ministries, Inc.

This is an operation that has been in the works since the 1930s and was founded by Reverend Eddie Thomas. The Muncie Mission assists impoverished men and families. Men’s programs are available to house and feed homeless men for up to one month increments. A program called Liberty Street Recovery is also available as a year-long drug addiction recovery program that provides shelter and food to those in involved.

The Muncie Mission also provides food, clothing and household and hygiene products to families. Assistance with utility bills and rent are also available once every twelve months. Each applicant for assistance must first file an application with the Muncie Trustees Office located at 1200 E. Main Street and phone number of (765) 288-8876. Families will also need to provide a photo ID; ID for children in households (birth certificate or Social Security card); proof of residence (utility bill or copy of lease); proof of income (if applicable).

1725 S. Liberty St.
Muncie, IN 47302
Phone: (765) 288-9122
Fax: (765) 288-9986
Contact: Frank Baldwin, Executive Director
Email: fbaldwin@munciemission.org
www.munciemission.org

TEAMwork for Quality Living

TEAMwork for Quality Living works to empower people in poverty towards self-sufficiency. They believe in community collaboration and active citizens and community organizations with the hopes of eliminating poverty, improving race relations and improving health.

P.O. Box 468
Muncie, IN 47308
Phone: (765) 747-7158
Contact: Molly Flodder, Executive Director
Email: molly@teamworkql.org
www.teamworkql.org

The Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation provides grant funds to local organizations in communities served by the Gannett Company. Muncie qualifies due to its affiliation with the Star Press.  The organization looks to fund programs falling within the following eight topics: Education; Neighborhood Improvement; Economic Development; Youth Development; Community Problem-Solving; Assistance to Disadvantaged People; Environmental Conservation; and Cultural Enrichment. Grant applications are considered twice a year and should be submitted to the offices of the Star Press. Average grant amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are awarded to organizations with a 501(c)(3) status.

345 S. High St.
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: (765) 213-5701
Contact: Cheryl Lindus, General Manager and Advertising Director
Email: clindus@muncie.gannett.com
www.gannettfoundation.org/index.html

United Way of Delaware County

The United Way invests resources in programs that address education, income, and health. Awards are given during two year cycles. Most grants through this office require a 501(c)(3) certification. Although funding is only awarded every two years, the United Way has numerous other community resources.

400 N. High St., Suite 300
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: (765) 288-5586
Contact: Jenni Marsh, President & CEO
Email: jmarsh@uwdcin.org
www.invitedtoliveunited.org/