Community Impact Grants

The Community Impact Funding Initiative is designed to fuel innovative ideas and lasting impact in our community by granting funds to nonprofits to meet our community’s most pressing needs and seize its most compelling opportunities.

Grants are awarded from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund, select field of interest funds, and from collaborative funding provided by Community Foundation partners, including the Smithville Charitable Foundation. Grant funding is designed to support a broad range of community needs such as arts and culture, social and health services, education, recreation, beautification and preservation, animal welfare, the environment, and community development opportunities.

Through the Community Impact Funding Initiative, the Foundation seeks to invest in projects that are forward thinking, community changing in their implementation, practical in their application and unique to the community. In recent years the amount of the grants has ranged from $10,000 to $50,000. Highest priority in the evaluation of grant proposals were given to proposals that incorporate and embrace the following:

  • Innovative or transformative solutions to critical community issues
  • Collaboration across organizations and/or sectors to increase impact and effectiveness
  • Projects/programs that plan for long-term sustainability (when applicable)

Impact grants are made to local 501(c)(3) nonprofits and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501(c)(3) status. This includes units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations. Impact grants may be awarded to religious organizations for programs that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction. 

Process and Timeline: Please stay tuned for more information.

To confirm eligibility or pose questions, please contact Marcus Whited at & 812-333-9016.