Grant Eligibility

The Smithville Charitable Foundation supports 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. For example, we will not accept requests from organizations located in Indianapolis who would then distribute the funds to our counties. 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, arts and culture, religion, and various public organizations in the 17 counties listed above. However, our grantmaking is not limited to these categories, and we encourage you to contact us with questions regarding eligibility. We 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 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

Smithville Charitable Foundation now accepts grant proposals in two cycles each year. Check our website for a link to the application, which will be available when the cycle opens. 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. In the event you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Become a Grantee

The spring grants cycle will open on January 29, with applications due March 26, 2018. Funding distributions to approved spring grant proposals will be made in mid-April. We will accept proposals for our fall grant cycle from August 1 – September 17, 2018. Funding distributions to approved fall grant proposals will be made by the end of October. Grantees are required to track their progress and submit a final grant report upon completion of their project. See our Grant Application page for a link to apply.