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Special Project Challenge Grants

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: St. Joseph County, Indiana

Location of residency: United States


What is the Special Project Challenge Grant?

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County offers the Special Project Challenge Grant to assist public and other 501(c)(3) agencies in their efforts to serve community needs. For every $1 raised by the chosen agency, the Community Foundation will match $1.

Why a Challenge Grant?

Challenge grants work. Donors are more willing to give and often willing to give more if their contributions are matched by other funds. Used wisely, not-for-profit agencies will find challenge grants an excellent tool to raise the funds necessary to complete projects

Areas of Interest

The Community Foundation encourages projects in the following areas (listed alphabetically):

  • Community Development & Urban Affairs
  • Health & Human Services
  • Parks, Recreation, & Environment
  • Youth & Education

**An important note regarding Arts & Culture requests:

The majority of arts & culture related proposals should be submitted to the ArtsEverywhere Grants process (Separate guidelines available). Only requests that are primarily health and human service oriented in nature, but that utilize the arts as a tool or method, should be submitted through this Special Project Challenge Grant process.

Capital Campaigns

Capital campaigns are considered eligible projects for the Special Project Challenge Grant process. If you are interested in submitting an application for a capital campaign, please contact Program staff prior to submission to discuss your project. 

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


  • Competitive grants are traditionally awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations or public agencies. 
    • If an organization is not incorporated, it can still apply so long as it obtains fiscal sponsorship through a registered 501(c)(3).
  • The project should benefit a significant constituency within the community.
  • The agency must exhibit the ability to raise the required matching funds.


  • The Board has defined as the role and priorities of the Community Foundation:
    • To promote organizations whose programs benefit the residents of St. Joseph County
    • To assist existing agencies to better respond to the needs of the community
    • To encourage and reward excellence in the not-for-profit field
    • To maintain both a proactive focus for grants dollars and the ability to respond to creative ideas from grant seekers
    • To promote innovative, collaborative efforts to improve the health and well-being of St. Joseph County residents
    • To encourage programs that enhance cooperation and collaboration among institutions within the area


  • While the Community Foundation remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, in general, grants are not made to fund:
    • Operating support for established programs
    • Endowment campaigns
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Individuals directly
    • Development or public relations activities (e.g. literature, videos, etc.)
    • Retirement of debts
    • Camperships
    • Annual appeals or membership contributions
    • Travel for bands, sports teams, classes, etc.
    • Computers (unless presented as a necessary component of larger program or objective)
    • Post-event or after-the-fact situations

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