Grant FAQ

A volunteer Grant Committee recommends grants made each year by the Community Foundation. The committee reviews grant proposals for the following charitable purposes: Arts & Culture; Business & Entrepreneurship; Education, Health, & Well-Being; and Environment & Natural Resources. A separate volunteer Scholarship Committee reviews and recommends educational awards. Donors who have created Community Foundation Funds recommend all other grants.

The Ripley County Community Foundation will only award grants to nonprofit organizations and only issue checks to 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental, or educational entities. If your organization is not a 501(c)(3), then you will need a fiscal sponsor who will manage your grant funding, if awarded.

The Ripley County Community Foundation will allow a nonprofit organization to receive one Small Projects Grant and one Large Projects Grant in the same calendar year. However, organizations cannot receive a Large Projects Grant and an Impact Grant within the same calendar year.

  • Small Projects Grant Applications are due dependent on the cycle.
    • First Cycle Small Projects Grant Applications are due the first Friday in March.
    • Second Cycle Small Projects Grant Applications are due the first Friday in June.
    • Third Cycle Small Projects Grant Applications are due the first Friday in September.
    • Fourth Cycle Small Projects Grant Applications are due the first Friday in December
  • Large Projects Grant Applications are due the first Friday in August.
  • Women’s Luncheon Grant Applications are due the first Friday in April.
  • Tarter / Herman-Crum Grant Applications are due April 30th.
  • Change Ripley County Grant Applications are due the first Friday in May.
  • The Ripley County Community Foundation understands that not everyone is technologically savvy and does not have access to broadband. If your organization is in need of a hard-copy grant report, please contact the Ripley County Community Foundation’s office. However, we encourage you to learn something new. A member of your organization can contact Clarice Patterson, Grants Manager, and she will guide and assist you in filling-out the report.
  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

Grant reports are due 6 months, or 180 days, after the award date.

To complete a Grant Report, your organization will need to visit the drop down menu under the Nonprofits Tab entitled, “Reporting.”  Here, you will be able to submit a grant report for Small Project Grants, Large Project Grants, Proactive Grants, and Donor Advised Grants.

The Ripley County Community Foundation is here to assist you and make this transition as smooth as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Clarice Patterson by calling (812) 933-1098 or emailing cpatterson@genesisp2s.org.

Clarice Patterson

Grants Manager
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