Grant applications are encouraged for projects that include one or more of the following components:
- Anticipation of the changing needs of the community and flexibility in responding to those needs.
- Problem solving ideas for established and documented needs. Emphasis will be on seed money or pilot projects.
- Encouragement of participation of other contributions by using matching challenges and other grant techniques.
- Careful coordination with other sources of funding such as the government, other foundations and associations, and/or private contributions.
- Inducement to grant recipients to achieve capacity building objectives such as increased efficiency, increased fundraising, delivery of better products, etc.
- Demonstration of an appropriate ratio between dollar amount of request and number of people who will benefit.
- An appropriate funding match between the grantee and the Blue River Foundation versus more compatible sources of funding.
Grants will be made in accordance with the following policies:
- Only projects benefiting the residents of Shelby County will be considered.
- Organizations must have adequate accounting procedures in order to be considered for grants.
- Organizations without 501(c)3 designation must show documentation of charitable purpose. In the case of non-501(c)3 organizations, whenever possible, checks will be written to the vendors related to the completion of the project rather than to reimburse an individual. Proper documentation of expenses is always required.
- Generally, grants will not be made for programs and/or equipment which were committed to prior to the grant application being submitted.
- Grantees are required to submit a final grant evaluation report.
- Grant payment schedules and disposition of any unused grant monies will be at the discretion of the Foundation Board of Directors.
- If grant money cannot be used for the specific purpose stated in the grant application, grantees are expected to return it to the Foundation.
The Blue River Foundation does not make grants for:
- Projects or programs not serving Shelby County residents.
- Individuals, except in the form of scholarships. Contact the Foundation for information regarding scholarships. They use a separate process from grants.
- Unless the Foundation is conducting a special program, grants are not made to create or augment organizational endowments or to annual campaign drives.
- Religious organizations, unless a non-sectarian need will be met and the project does not promote the teachings of a particular church or denomination.
- Projects which are considered part of a regular school curriculum.
- Travel for educational or other purposes.
- Political campaigns or to support attempts to influence legislation of any governmental body other than through making available the results of nonpartisan analysis, study and research.