Central Indiana Senior Fund

Central Indiana Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 31, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Indiana: Boone County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Johnson County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Indiana: Boone County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Johnson County Show all

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Central Indiana Senior Fund

The Mission fo the Central Indiana Senior Fund is to support programs and opportunities for low-to-moderate income older adults in Central Indiana, with a focus on under-served or isolated populations. 

Since its inception in 2005, the Central Indiana Senior Fund has awarded more than $7.6 million to senior focused not-for-profits and programs in Central Indiana. The fund not only provides responsive grant-making support, but also endeavors to be strategic and proactive in their funding by identifying and addressing the unique needs of, and opportunities for, the aging population.

The Central Indiana Senior Fund continues a passion to assure that the elderly in our community have the basics of life and live the last chapters of their lives with a sense of dignity and worth.

Giving Areas

The fund has identified four main impact areas for their giving

Basic needs

  • Efforts to remove barriers to community resources, such as transportation, access to nutritious food, case management or emergency services
  • Efforts that protect seniors from abuse and neglect

Health & wellness

  • Efforts that increase information and access to health care services
  • Efforts that provide in-home health care, caregiver support, or low-cost health equipment options
  • Neighborhood based, best-practice community wellness and fitness programs

Living environment of choice

  • Efforts that provide safe and affordable housing and support services
  • Efforts that provide home care, maintenance and modification services that enable seniors to remain in their homes
  • Efforts that increase the safety, connectivity and accessibility of neighborhoods
  • Efforts that strengthen quality residential care programs

Life-affirming opportunities

  • Efforts that increase access to cultural and educational opportunities, work training and placement and life-long learning
  • Efforts that increase access to volunteerism and civic engagement
  • Efforts that reduce isolation and increase access to community resources

Types and Size of Grant Awards

CISF typically awards grants to provide operating, program and capacity building support. Grant size ranges from $5,000 to $50,000.

  • Operating – Operating requests are considered up to $50,000 for organizations whose mission is to serve seniors.
  • Program – Program requests are considered up to $50,000 for senior focused programs.
  • Capacity Building – CISF is willing to entertain capacity building proposals from organizations whose mission is to serve seniors or from organizations for which seniors constitute a vast majority of their clients. Organizations wishing to apply for a capacity building grant should first contact the program officer. 

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


  • Eligible organizations serve seniors residing in the Central Indiana 8-County Region (Marion and the 7 surrounding counties). 


  • What We Don’t Fund
    • Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Grants to individuals
    • Political campaigns or activities intended to influence public officials
    • Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion
    • Construction projects of schools, churches or other religious institutions
    • Special events or fundraising activities
    • Post event or after-the-fact situations or debt retirement
    • Basic medical, scientific or academic research
    • Organizations or projects that discriminate based upon race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation