Announcing Changes to the 2018 Grants Cycle

SCF is making big changes!

We will now offer two opportunities each year for organizations to submit grant proposals. The spring grants cycle will be open January 29 – March 26, 2018, with funding distributed mid-April. Our fall grants cycle will be open August 1 – September 17, 2018. Funding distributions will be made by the end of October.

In order to provide assistance for the many small projects that make a big difference in our counties, SCF’s policy is that organizations may only receive funding in one grant cycle per year. Grantees are welcome to apply for funding in future years after completing their current project so long as they remain in good standing with SCF and return their final grant report in a timely manner. We will continue to accept requests from a wide variety of causes that benefit Smithville communities in our designated counties: Boone, Brown, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Hendricks, Howard, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Posey, Sullivan, and Tipton.

Additionally, we will be using new software to collect and evaluate grant proposals. All applicants will need to create a new account, and we would recommend allocating extra time to become familiar with the software. However, this change will allow us to provide a single platform for grantees to view their accepted proposals and submit grant reports. A link to the application will be available on our website when the grant cycle opens.

We are excited for the improvements this will offer to our grantees! Questions about our new grant cycles and application process can be directed to our Interim Director, JoAnna Ness, at

Smithville Receives Award from PALS Therapy


Bloomington, IN (November 21, 2017) – Smithville Charitable Foundation was recently awarded 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year by PALS Therapy (People and Animals Learning Services, Inc.). Darby and JoAnna were treated to a tour of their barn used for therapeutic riding sessions, and were introduced to their mini-horse, Daisy Mae, and their new therapy pig! PALS provides services that benefit a wide variety of people, including individuals with disabilities, seniors, veterans, people struggling with addictions, and more. Over the past 9 years, Smithville Charitable Foundation has granted more than $50,000 to PALS. We are proud to partner with this wonderful organization providing much-needed services in the Monroe County community.

Smithville Charitable Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Awards

2017 Grants OverviewEllettsville, IN (November 1, 2017) – The Smithville Charitable Foundation is excited to announce 2017 grant awards. From pre-school education to transportation, SCF awarded $985,667 in grants to 47 organizations serving 15 counties in Central and Southern Indiana, including Brown, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Hendricks, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Posey, Sullivan, and Tipton counties. See the interactive map on the home page for the total amount awarded in eachcounty this year and historically.


The Smithville Charitable Foundation Board of Governors is pleased to continue supporting talented organizations who are dedicated to improving quality of life in their communities.


Grants are awarded each year through a competitive application and review process. Please visit the SCF website at for further details.


Smithville Charitable Foundation is a private organization, celebrating a decade of grantmaking in 2018. As a private foundation, our grants benefit organizations in the counties served by Smithville Communications – Boone, Brown, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Hendricks, Howard, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Posey, Sullivan, and Tipton counties in Indiana. We support community foundations in these counties and a variety of causes related to religion, education, health, relief of poverty or distress, and various public organizations.


For more information about Smithville Charitable Foundation, please contact our Interim Director, JoAnna Ness at