Grants

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.

May 1st Grant Session Suspended

In an effort to direct funding to organizations and agencies that are addressing local needs related to the COVID-19 virus, the Community Foundation of Whitley County has suspended its May 1st grant application deadline and spring funding session. 
 
To everyone who has ever made a gift to the Community Foundation with the message “Use it where it is needed the most,” we offer our sincere appreciation. Thanks to your past generosity, we now have the opportunity to make a difference when it matters most. 
 
Donations are currently being accepted for the Whitley County Cares Fund which is used to address basic needs and local relief efforts. Tax-deductible gifts can be made on our website: www.cfwhitley.org or by mailing a check to CFWC, 400 N. Whitley Street, Columbia City, IN 46725.
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The Community Foundation’s Greater Good Fund responds to the ever-changing issues facing Whitley County. 

Twice a year (May 1 and December 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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How to Apply

Grant Applications are due May 1st and December 1st of each year.  All applications are processed online. 

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

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Vanessa Bills, Chief Operating Officer
400 N. Whitley Street
Columbia City, IN 46725
(260)244-5224

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2019 Grants Awarded

  • Churubusco United Methodist Church Food Pantry
  • Royal Family Kids Camp
  • Whitley County Council on Aging
  • South Whitley Public Library
  • Community Harvest Food Bank
  • Mission 25
  • Churubusco Public Library
  • Impact Center
  • Boomerang Backpacks
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • Piggy Bank Pals
  • A Hope Center
  • Churubusco Childcare
  • Early Childhood Alliance
  • Whitley County Consolidated Schools

 

2018 Grants Awarded

  • Camp Steam Ahead
  • South Whitley Youth League
  • Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • Community Harvest Food Bank
  • Giving Gardens of Indiana
  • Royal Family Kids Camp
  • Camp Whitley
  • TROY Alternative School
  • Whitley County 4H
  • Churubusco Public Library
  • Churubusco United Methodist Church
  • Center
  • Mission 25
  • Columbia City Main Street
  • Whitley County Community Corrections
  • Whitko High School Band
  • Whitley County Farmers’ Market
  • Helpline of Whitley County
  • Churubusco Parks
  • Cancer Services of NE Indiana
  • St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • WC Youth for Christ
  • Impact Center
  • Churubusco Main Street
  • Churubusco Childcare
  • South Whitley Emergency Food Bank

2017 Grants Awarded

  • South Whitley Youth League
  • Whitko Middle School
  • Impact Center
  • Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House
  • WC Youth for Christ
  • Salvation Army
  • American Red Cross
  • Cancer Services or NE Indiana
  • Center
  • Mission 25
  • Junior Achievement of Whitley County
  • CCHS Fine Arts Department
  • Whitley County EDC 
  • TROY Alternative School
  • Helpline of Whitley County
  • Community Harvest Food Bank
  • South Whitley Park Department
  • Churubusco Public Library
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • Gradway
  • Whitley County Consolidated Schools
  • Whitley County 4H
  • CC United Methodist Church Bus Ministry
  • Churubusco Youth Foundation
  • Whitley County Farmers’ Market
  • Whitley County Probation Department
  • Jeep Jamboree Festival
  •  Camp Invention
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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 May 1st and December 1st each year.

May 2020 grant session is suspended. Contact Vanessa Bills, vanessawccf@gmail.com, for questions.

How do you apply?

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

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”

Where did we grant in 2018

In order to serve Whitley County, the board has identified several broad categories in which needs exist and in which grant requests are encouraged. The Community Foundation is particularly interested in new ideas and initiatives that provide long-term solutions for Whitley County’s needs and goals. These are the areas of interest for grantmaking.  

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Human Services
  • Recreation
  • Community Development
In 2018 the Community Foundation granted over $2 million to various causes.  The graph on the right gives you a glimpse into our grantmaking for 2018.
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