Community Unity Grants
This Community Unity Grant Program aligns with our GIFT VII Implementation Grant Program with the same focus. The following program acknowledges that there may be additional projects and programs that encourage community unity that are not part of our Implementation Plan.
This program is open to projects and programs that meet these priorities:
- Increased civic engagement
- Inclusivity, diversity, equity & accessibility
- Voter education and engagement
- Volunteerism including public and nonprofit Board service
- Stronger sense of County pride/brand
Who/What is eligible*:
- 501(c)(3) preferred; if you are not a 501(c)(3) but believe you have an eligible project or program, please contact HCCF
- Organization must serve Hendricks County
- Activities should predominantly serve Hendricks County
- Initiatives that increase accessibility of events or expand the audience of events
- Government agencies
- School or school corporation-wide programs MAY be eligible
Who/What is Ineligible*:
- Specifically partisan or faith-based activities
- Projects/programs outside of Hendricks County
- Classroom grants
- Fundraising events
- Members-only events
- Youth/sports league
*These lists are not exclusive, if you are curious about whether or not your organization/project/program is eligible, please contact HCCF.
Applications Live: January 4, 2022 - December 15, 2025
Applications Reviewed: Monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month
- 2022 Dates: Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, (Closed December)
Applications Awarded: Monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month
- 2022 Dates: Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, (Closed December)
This is a new grant program, so it is designed to be broad enough to better understand our community's needs and the potential programs that meet our priorities. At this time we do not have a grant limit but anticipate they will fall below a one-time grant of $5,000.
That being said, the Community Foundation will consider larger grants or longer grant periods.
View a PDF version of the application before applying. NOTE: This is a preview only. Only applications submitted through the online grant portal will be accepted.
The Town of Brownsburg received a $5,000 grant to support Town leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion work by providing Town staff the tools to better understand and respond to community needs. This grant will fund diverse population training and consulting for the staff to meet three important priorities:
1. Cultivate an organization that represents the community
2. Become an employer of choice for minorities
3. Provide equity training for staff to increase knowledge in diversity awareness (including implicit bias and microaggressions)
Family Promise of Hendricks County received a $4,400 grant to support their Belonging in Hendricks County Group focused on providing a supportive and safe environment for clients, graduates, and supporters of the organization to discuss experiences related to race and class in Hendricks County. The goal is to promote action and growth in the inclusivity of our county through facilitating broader community dialogue around key issues identified through our monthly Belonging group meetings that relate to racism and class.
The Hendricks County International Festival received a $25,000 ($5,000 per year for 5 years) grant to celebrate the diversity in Hendricks County and Central Indiana.
A Leadership Hendricks County Capstone Group received a $98 grant to build a website about voting and design and print signs for all the public high schools in the County to encourage students who are eligible to register to vote.
The Hendricks County Arts Council recieved a $4,000 matching grant to support the Mural Society. The Mural Society's fundraising efforts will support hiring artists to design Hendricks County-themed murals for the smaller towns in our county (e.g. Clayton, Amo, Coatesville, Lizton, North Salem) who may not have the funds provided by town government or service organizations to do a project of this scale. The funds will help hire artists, design murals, and print marketing materials to reach out to these communities.
If you have any questions about this program or grantmaking in general, please contact HCCF Vice President of Programs, Eric Hessel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.