Grant Eligibility

We support nonprofit organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We do not make grants to any individuals, nor do we consider grant requests outside of Boone, Brown, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Hendricks, Howard, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Posey, Sullivan, and Tipton counties. While we occasionally award grant requests to nonprofits who serve multiple counties, we encourage those organizations to contact us before applying. Smithville Charitable Foundation does not accept sponsorship requests.

Determine Fit

In 2017, Smithville Charitable Foundation awarded more than $985,600 in grants to 15 counties in central and southern Indiana.  Annually, the SCF grants approximately $1 million to counties served by customers of Smithville Communications. Over the past 10 years, the SCF has distributed over $8.6 million dollars in grants to local counties. We support a variety of causes related to education, health, relief of poverty or distress, religion, and various public organizations in the 17 counties listed above. If your project does not fit within those categories, we still encourage you to apply!   The SCF uses diverse criteria to determine which proposals will be funded: the dollar amount of the request, evidence the applicant has been successful in the past, the community that will benefit from the funding, number of people served, etc. We look for applicants who can demonstrate the need for the project or program and their ability to meet that need. We will rarely consider multi-year requests or pilot programs. To see a list of grants awarded in 2017, click here: 2017 Grant Details.


Funding Inquiries

Inquiries provide our staff with information about your organization, program or project, and overall alignment with the Smithville Charitable Foundation’s current funding priorities. Inquiries may be made at any time and are continually responded to by SCF staff. Please be aware that SCF has only one part-time staff member. Your questions about the grant process are important to us, but it may take one or two business days to respond. Find our office hours and contact information here.

Submit a Grant Proposal

Annually, the Smithville Charitable Foundation accepts grant proposals. The SCF recognizes the considerable effort required to write a proposal and would like to determine alignment between a potential grantee and the SCF’s current funding priorities before an application is submitted. Our grant proposal is designed to be clearly read and easily completed. In the event you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Become a Grantee

SCF is making changes to its 2018 grants cycle. More information coming soon!