Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 19, 2014

Community foundation adjusts grant guidelines, deadlines

By Sarah Lang For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Some new grant changes at the Community Foundation of Boone County will hopefully help the foundation address root causes of issues and find long-term solutions, President Jen Pendleton said. The foundation’s board of directors recently approved these new guidelines for competitive grants for not-for-profit organizations. One of the biggest changes is decreasing the number of grant cycles per year from six to two. A letter of inquiry is also now required to be submitted one month prior to the grant deadlines. Select organizations will be invited to then submit a full proposal. “We’re just trying to be a little more thoughtful and thorough,” Pendleton said. “We’re trying to create an environment where we can better assess the programs and projects that need funding that align with our criteria. We’re moving toward trying to eliminate the root causes of problems, finding long-term solutions to what’s ailing our community versus just putting a Band-Aid on it.” See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.