Since 1991, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation of Whitley County, Indiana to make their philanthropic giving as impactful as possible. We are a public charity serving Whitley County citizens who share a common concern—improving the quality of life in Whitley County. To do this, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have made donations to the Greater Good Fund of Whitley County and instructed the Foundation to direct their gifts wherever the need is the greatest. These funds are invested and twice a year the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee reviews applications and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Community Foundation of Whitley County

December 2022 Grants Awarded

For the past three decades, many local residents have made gifts to the Community Foundation with the instructions “Use it wherever it’s needed the most.”  Thanks to that spirit of generosity the Foundation’s Board of Directors was recently able to grant over $138,000 to local non-profit organizations that are working hard to make a difference to those in need.

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The Community Foundation’s Greater Good Fund responds to the ever-changing issues facing Whitley County.

Twice a year (April 1 and November 1) the Foundation’s volunteer Grants Committee reviews applications and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors. Grants are made possible by donors who have instructed the Foundation to direct their gifts wherever the need is the greatest.

The Community Foundation directs grants to charitable projects that will make a positive impact on Whitley County and its people, with particular interest in projects that shed new light on local needs and provide innovative, long-term solutions. Categories of support include: Arts & Culture, Health, Human Services, Recreation, Community Development, Welfare, and Education.

Unless there is compelling evidence that such support is vital to the success of a program meeting priority needs, the Foundation is unlikely to support: annual campaigns, political activities, private schools, advertising, religious/sectarian causes, organizations outside our service area, and debt retirement.

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2022 Grants

Agency Fund Grants
Acres Inc. $ 1,563.22
B.A.B.E. $ 666.66
Camp Whitley $ 6,664.37
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana $ 2,822.91
Churubusco Public Library $ 1,149.31
Columbia City United Methodist Church $17,712.69
Cornerstone Christian School $ 5,000.00
Easterseals Passages $15,686.91
Faith Christian Academy $15,617.55
Freedom Academy $ 2,069.26
Honeywell Center $ 245.40
Humane Society of Whitley County $15,728.35
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana $ 9,507.77
Loon Lake Property Owners Association $ 2,461.14
Methodist Federation for Social Action $ 377.35
Mission 25 $ 4,688.43
Oak Grove Church of God $ 480.38
Parkview Whitley Hospital $10,000.00
Parkview Whitley Hospital Foundation $47,920.00
South Whitley Community Public Library $ 1,716.99
South Whitley United Methodist Church $ 146.00
Stepping Stones Preschool $ 2,108.13
T.R.O.Y. School $ 378.31
The Center $ 5,134.56
The Peabody Public Library $ 5,522.14
Whitley County Council on Aging $ 1,970.89
Whitley County Historical Society $ 703.95
Whitley County YMCA $33,465.48
YWCA of Fort Wayne $ 354.07

Unrestricted Grants

American Red Cross $ 5,000
BABE $ 8,000
Camp STEAM Ahead $ 10,400
Camp Whitley $ 10,000
The Center for Whitley County Youth $ 10,000
Cancer Services of NE Indiana $ 825
Columbia City Tree Board $ 5,000
Dekalb Parents Group $ 8,500
Difference Makers $ 10,000
Erin’s House for Grieving Children $ 5,000
The Forklift $ 8,000
Giving Gardens $ 8,420
HearCare Connection $ 2,000
Joe’s Kids $ 10,000
Junior Achievement $ 1,500
Midweek Meal $ 2,500
Peabody Public Library $ 550
Richland Township $ 1,980
Ronald McDonald House $ 5,000
Royal Family Kids Camp $ 1,800
Salvation Army of Whitley County $ 10,000
South Whitley Community Public Library $ 3,100
South Whitley Parks $ 4,000
Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church $ 6,500
TROY Schools $ 5,980
Whitley County Council on Aging $ 30,000
Whitley County Energy Assistance $ 20,000
Whitley County Farmers Market $ 5,000
Youth For Christ $ 7,500
YWCA $ 550


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How to Apply

Grant Applications are due April 1st and November 1st of each year.  All applications are processed online. 

If you are having difficulties applying for a grant, please contact Brooks Walker at the Community Foundation at 260.244.5224.


Brooks Walker, Program Officer
400 N. Whitley Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

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What type of requests does the Community Foundation grant?

Giving is the heart of what we do here at the Community Foundation. Every year, we give over $1 million dollars to non-profits, community entities, and college-bound students here in Whitley County. We fund a variety of causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Whitley County. Your project may be next!

Although we expect to remain flexible in our grant-making decisions, the Community Foundation traditionally addresses needs that fall into the categories of Arts, Human Services, Health, Education, Community Development, recreation, Scholarship, and animal welfare.

When are grant requests due?

Grant requests are due online by April 1st and November 1st each year.


How do you apply?

Follow the Apply now button below.  If you have any problems, please contact the Foundation at 260.244.5224.

Give 'em a High Five!

The Foundation grants twice a year to worthy projects in Whitley County. To see the results of their good works, we ask each nonprofit to present to the community a five-minute, five-slide PowerPoint about their grant.

This year, due to COVID 19, the nonprofits couldn’t present. However, they are still sending their PowerPoints, and you can watch them here.

The first two nonprofits highlighted are Whitley County Consolidated Schools and The Respect Team.

T.R.O.Y. Alternative School

“ After years of watching a caring organization fi nd student success while struggling with a location, the Community Foundation found itself in a position to help make a lasting diff erence. Funds from a generous, anonymous, donor allowed the Foundation to fund a $100,000 grant to help acquire a permanent home for TROY School in 2017”
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