Grants

For Applications and Reporting

The Ripley County Community Foundation has a variety of available grants to benefit nonprofit organizations and their projects that serve Ripley County. Each project and program must meet the Community Foundation’s Grant Guidelines and Policies.  Please note that only one application will be accepted per organization per grant and a complete grant report must be submitted prior to applying for a new grant request.  The Ripley County Community Foundation Grants Program will:

  1. Strive to anticipate the changing needs of the community and be flexible in responding to them.
  2. Be change-oriented and problem-solving in nature with emphasis on “seed” money or pilot project support. General operating support grants could be considered.
  3. Focus on those types of grants that will have the greatest benefit per dollar granted.
  4. Encourage the participation of other contributions by matching, challenge, and other grant techniques. The financial condition of the applying organization will be considered.
  5. Consider the organization’s strength, community support, leadership, clarity of proposal and eligibility.

25th Anniversary Impact Grants

The Ripley County Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, at which a total of $100,000 will be available to grant to nonprofit organizations that serve the people and places of Ripley County.  Of the total funding available, $25,000 will be made available in each of the Community Foundation’s 4 service areas: 1) Arts & Culture, 2) Business & Entrepreneurship, 3) Education, Health, & Well-Being, and 4) Environment & Natural Resources.

Organizations can request between $1,000 and $25,000 per service area.  As a result of offering the 25th Anniversary Impact Grants, the Ripley County Community Foundation hopes to assist organizations in implementing a project or program that will: 1) create a sustainable impact amongst one or more communities, 2) establish cross-community or cross-county partnerships, and 3) closely align with at least one the four service areas.  Thus, the key to the 25th Anniversary Impact Grant Application is COLLABORATION.  Organizations that establish essential partnerships where both parties play an imperative role within the project or program will score higher on the Grant Scorecard compared to organizations that do not include partnerships or with partners with play a minute role in the project or program.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed each month beginning in April, 2022, or until available funding is expended. The first round of grant recipients will be announced on June 21st during the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Annual Dinner, and the second round of grant recipients will be announced on November 4th during the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Annual Day of Giving. Applications will no longer be accepted after Friday, September 9, 2022.

Advisor Recommendation (Donor Advised) Grants

Advisors of Donor Advised Funds are required to submit this form in order for a distribution to a qualified and charitable organization can be made. One form submission must be made PER organization.

Recommendations CANNOT be made until the form is submitted and approved by the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. With this, the Ripley County Community Foundation kindly asks you not to publicize the organization(s) recommended to receive funding prior to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors’ formal approval.

Change Ripley County Grant

As an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation, Ripley Youth Outreach established the Change Ripley County Grant to give local youth (between the ages of 13 and 23) a platform in which to be heard, the confidence to take action to change their communities, and resources to enact that change.  The grant encourages youth to partner with a local nonprofit organization to establish a change and improve Ripley County.  The Ripley County Grant is available once every other year in the amount of up to $10,000.00. All grant applications will be reviewed by the Change Ripley County Grant Committee which will select no more than five applications to advance to the final review process.  Those finalists will be invited to make a short pitch to the committee for their project or program and answer any questions the committee presents. Applications will be accepted any time during the year.  To be considered, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on June 1st. Applications not received by the due date will not be considered.

Distribution Requests

Distribution Checks will be remitted as soon as possible upon receipt of the completed Distribution Request Form by the Ripley County Community Foundation. This form must be submitted no later than December 1st or the distribution will be rolled back into the fund.

Large Projects Grants

The purpose of a Large Projects Grant is to assist an organization with a sizable project needed to support and/or enhance its charitable reach.  Large Project Grants are available once per year in the amount of up to $5,000.00.  Organizations may apply for a Large Projects Grant and one Small Projects Grant each year. Organizations which receive a Community Impact Grant are NOT eligible for a Large or Small Projects Grant in the year in which they receive the Community Impact Grant.

Applications not accepted in 2022. Applications will be accepted anytime during the year but, the applications will be reviewed and decided on or about the 30th of October.   To be considered, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM the First Friday in August.  Applications not received by the due date will not be considered. 

Small Projects Grants

The purpose of a Small Projects Grant is to assist an organization’s needs that arise during the calendar year.  Small Project Grants are available throughout the year in the amount of up to $500.00.  Organizations may only apply for one small project grant each year and are also eligible to apply for one Large Projects Grant.

Applications will be accepted anytime during the year, but the applications will be reviewed and decided before the 30th of March, June, September, and DecemberTo be considered, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM the First Friday of each of these months. Applications not received by the due date will be held for the next Small Project Grant cycle. 

Tarter / Herman-Crum Grants

The Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund (#403) and the Ray Herman & Louise Herman-Crum Memorial Endowment Fund (#418) were established to improve the quality and enjoyment of life for the residents of Osgood and the rural area surrounding Osgood.  The Tarter / Herman-Crum Grants are available once per year in the amount of up to $2,500.00.

Applications will be accepted anytime during the year, but applications will be reviewed and decided on or about the 30th of May. To be considered, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on April 30th.  Applications not received by the due date will not be considered.

Women’s Giving Circle Grants

The Linda S. Phaneuf Women & Children Fund (#425) was established to support projects which address issues affecting the women and children of Ripley County. In 2021, a Women’s Giving Circle was established to enhance the impact the Phaneuf Women & Children Fund has on our communities. Together, they create several annual grant opportunities for local nonprofits which are serving the women and children of Ripley County.  

These grant opportunities are known as the Women’s Giving Circle Grant. The Women’s Giving Circle Grant is available twice per year. The first grant awarded in April for an amount of up to $3,000.00 the second grant will be awarded at our Day of Giving and the amount will be determined by the Annual Women’s Giving Circle Sponsorships and Memberships.  Organizations which have received a Small Projects, Large Projects, or Community Impact Grant ARE eligible to apply.

All grant applications will be reviewed by the Women’s Giving Circle Grant Committee which will select no more than five applications to be presented to the members of the Women’s Giving Circle who will vote on which organization(s) shall receive the Women’s Giving Circle Grant(s).  A representative of the receiving organization shall describe to the following year’s Women’s Giving Circle a report on the use of the grant funds. 

Online applications will be accepted any time during the year.  To be considered, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on the First Friday of April and First Friday of August. Applications not received by the due date will not be considered.

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