Grants FAQ

How do I apply for a grant?

Please review How to Apply. If you have additional questions, contact our office at (765) 938-1177.

Our organization is not a 501(c)(3). Can we still apply for a grant?

RCCF recognizes that other types of exempt organizations also exist to benefit our community, like youth athletic groups, civic groups, and others. In rare instances, we may give grants to these types of organizations if the funds will be used for a charitable purpose. If you feel that your agency qualifies and could use assistance, please contact our office. We do pay vendor-direct if non 501(c)(3) agencies receive funds for project expenses. In such cases, the foundation must demonstrate expenditure responsibility to the IRS, a process in which the foundation must file several reports certifying that the funds were spent solely for charitable purposes as described in the grant proposal. Due to these additional requirements, we are cautious when making grants to organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status. Our suggestion is to find a fiscal sponsor, a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status. This enables the organizations and/or projects to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under your sponsor’s exempt status. Please see this fiscal sponsorship article to learn more about this topic.

Do you give grants to individuals?

IRS regulation prohibits us from granting to individuals. If you have a need, we recommend you contact Connect2Help 211

Do you give unrestricted grants to education?

Traditionally, no. We have various funds designated for education purposes, which can be found on our Fund List.

Can I apply for a grant for my business and/or improvements to my business?

If your business is for-profit, we do not accept grant requests. The Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation (ECDC) currently offers small business loans; we recommend you contact them for additional information.

How much money can I apply for?

The amount of funds we have available each year varies based on the overall 36-month average return. You are welcome to apply for the funds you need, but the amount you will be granted will depend upon the amount of funds we have available, the amount of applicants, and ultimately, the impact of your project.

Do you give grants to religious organizations?

At this time the funds are not available within our unrestricted fund pool to grant religious organizations. Since Rush County is blessed with so many organizations, we do not want to apply unrestricted funds toward religious entities until we can fairly support all!