Empowering our Community

With funds provided by our generous donors, the Noble County Community Foundation awards grants to applicants in a variety of organization types and areas of interest throughout our region, with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life in Noble County – for good, forever.

Candidates may apply for one grant per quarter. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please review the guidelines for each as well as the application process and FAQs below. If you have questions, please contact:

Margarita White
Program Director



Application Process

The grant application process requires only three simple steps:

  1. REVIEW: Review the guidelines of the grant you are applying for to determine if your program/project fits within them. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
  2. PREPARE: Prior to starting the online application submission process, you’ll need to collect the following documents to be submitted along with your application:
    • A list of your organization’s current board of directors
    • A copy of your organization’s IRS 501(c)3 verification letter
    • A current operating budget and program budget
  3. SUBMIT: Complete our online grant application form and submit the required documentation. Click on the tabs below for some helpful hints on grant applications.

Helpful Hints for Capacity Building Grants Application

Helpful Hints for Program or Project Application

After your request has been received, you may be contacted by a representative of the Foundation requesting a site visit or additional information. Decisions are made approximately 60 days after the deadline, and you will be contacted about the Board’s decision.

Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal is evaluated on:

  1. How it meets with the granting priorities as set forth by Grant’s guidelines.
  2. Its potential value to the Noble County community.
  3. The amount of available funds.
  4. The quality of planning, leadership, support and vision expressed in the application.
  5. The planned measurement of outcomes.

Organizations that receive community foundation grants are required to submit a report within one year of the grant award. A review of our grant report form may help you clarify your program or project objectives.

Grant FAQs

Can the Noble County Community Foundation help us write our grant request?

The NCCF occasionally facilitates grant-writing workshops, but we do not provide grant-writing services. Grant writers are available in our area, some of which require fees. Please keep in mind that these fees are NOT reimbursed from any grants awarded. Please contact us about potential upcoming workshops.

Can we apply for more than one grant?

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis by our grant review committees. Organizations/grantees are only allowed to have one open grant request at a time. Once a final report has been received, reviewed, and approved by the Foundation then the organization is free to apply for another grant.

How long does it take to know if my grant request was approved/denied?

Decisions are made approximately 60 days after the deadline and you will be contacted about the Boards’ decision.

How much can we possibly get from a grant?

Grants are awarded for various amounts based largely on whether the amount and purpose meet the guidelines found each grant funds page.

When are the grant deadline dates for submission of proposals?

Completed proposals need to be submitted by March 2, May 2, July 2 and November 2. If these dates fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the application must be submitted via the online process the Friday prior to that deadline. All proposals must be submitted via the online process by 3:30 PM on the day of the deadline.

What types of grants does the Foundation fund?

The general policy of the Foundation and Community Initiatives is to make grants for innovative, creative projects and programs responsive to addressing community needs in Noble County, including operating support for those projects.

Can I talk to someone about my proposed project before submitting my application?

Yes. You may contact the Program Director at the Foundation to discuss your project/program before application submission.

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application deadline 9/7/16 at 3:30 pm
General Scholarship application deadline 1/18/17 at 3:30 pm
Julia Atz Music Scholarship deadline 4/28/17 at 3:30 pm


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