The Foellinger Foundation awards approximately 10% of its grant dollars to nonprofit organizations that address other community issues, activities, and/or needs but do not directly serve children and families with the greatest need and least economic opportunity. The Foundation does this by identifying and funding mission-driven, well-governed, results-oriented organizations.

The Foundation primarily awards grants to nonprofit organizations that are exempt from paying federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not private foundations. In addition, only organizations in the following subcategories may be considered for grants:

509(a)1; 509(a)3 Type I, Type II, or
509(a)2 Type III (Functionally Integrated)

The Foundation will not accept grant applications to support the general operations of public, including charter, or private schools (PreK – Post Secondary).

Occasionally, the Foundation awards grants to governmental entities for programs or projects that enhance the community’s quality of life, so long as those enhancements would occur only with private contributions.

Grant Guidelines

Community Interests grant applicants may request one-year funding. Capital support grants will not be accepted. Organizations may only submit one application for operating or program support per calendar year.


Due date for grant applications


Applications and templates will be available the day of the Q & A Session.

Timing of payments

Grant payments generally are scheduled to coincide with the recipient’s fiscal year. The actual schedule depends on whether an organization submitted an application before the beginning of its fiscal year. If you would like clarification of our policy before submitting a grant, please talk with the Foundation staff regarding the timing of grant payments.


For information on the three types of Capacity Building grants (Transform, Renew, and Inspire), please call the Foellinger Foundation at 260.422.2900 and ask for the Director of Programs.