General Operating Grants

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General Operating Grants:

General Operating grant awards are made to provide one time supplemental funding to a qualified agency that has demonstrated a budget shortfall.  Funds are restricted to operating expenses outside of salaries and must be used for designated purposes as detailed in the grant application.  General Operating awards must be used during the 2019 calendar year.

  • Applications available on-line beginning August 6, 2018.
  • Applications due August 27, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. CST.
  • An application received after the deadline will be ineligible for funding.
  • Award announcements will be released in October 2018.


Maximum grant request:  $15,000.00.

  • If awarded all funds must be used between:  January 2019 – August 31, 2019.  All expenditures must be supported by financial documentation. Any funds expended after August 31, 2019 will not be reimbursed.

Maximum of one submission per 501 (c) (3).

Municipalities or governmental taxing bodies are not eligible to apply. 

To apply for the 2019 General Operating Grant Application, please click here (Link will be available August 6, 2018).
All organizations must submit their 2017 Operating Budget. You may provide your own or you can create an Operating Budget by using the sample provided. (SAMPLE NONPROFIT ORG OPERATING BUDGET FORM)

Eligibility Requirements

  • A recognized 501 (c)(3) agency in good standing with the IRS and registered in the state of Indiana
  • In good standing with the Foundations of East Chicago.

Applications not meeting all of the above-listed criteria are automatically denied.

General Information

If your organization operates out of a “Home Office” (i.e. a structure that also houses a private residence) you cannot request funding for the following items:

  • Rental expenses
  • Utility costs
  • Capital improvements to your office space
  • Computers, office equipment or furniture that is kept within a home office.
  • Administrative and staff salaries
  • Paid Volunteers

Budget items may include the following:

  • Consulting Fees (cannot exceed 25% of grant request/maximum $3,750, requests for administrative salaries will not be funded)
  • Capital improvements (roofing, furnace, air, building repairs –restricted to organizations located in East Chicago and ONLY if organization owns the building)
  • Office Expenses (i.e. Supplies, equipment)
  • Accounting expenses
  • License Fees
  • Maintenance and repairs (i.e. snow removal, trash removal, janitorial service, pest control, and lawn care) (restricted to organizations located in East Chicago)
  • Advertising
  • Attorney/legal fees
  • Utilities and Insurance
  • Rent/mortgage payments (restricted to organizations located in East Chicago)
  • Conference expenses

Note:  Other funding restrictions may apply. Please contact Janet Wozniak, jwozniak@foundationsec.org for more information.


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