BRCFSC Community Grants

Blue River Community Foundation of Shelby County

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jul 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Aug 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Shelby County, Indiana

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Note: Organizations interested in submitting a grant request should first submit the General Grant Interest Form. If the grant request meets the Foundation’s funding guidelines, the organization will be invited to submit a full grant application packet. Please do not submit an application without first discussing it with the Foundation’s Program Officer

There is technically no cutoff date for submitting an interest form; an approximate deadline for Grant Interest Forms is listed above ('Letter of Inquiry' deadline) to allow for review and time to complete a full application if requested. Full applications are due at the 'Full Proposal' deadlines listed above. 

The Blue River Community Foundation identifies, promotes, supports, and manages programs that will enhance the health, cultural, educational, social and civic long terms needs of Shelby County.

Our Vision is to encourage philanthropy and inspire action that improves all lives and builds stronger communities in Shelby County.

About Community Grants

These grants are made from a number of unrestricted family funds, field of interest funds and the BRCF Community Endowment Fund. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Grants are offered 2 times a year in the areas of:

  • Health,
  • Education,
  • Social Service, and
  • civic programs/projects.

Field of interest funds are also included in this grant application process. These funds cover the following areas of interest:

  • beautification,
  • at risk youth or abused and neglected youth,
  • persons with disabilities
  • recreation

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Generally, grants will not be made for programs and/or equipment which were committed to prior to the grant application being submitted.