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.

Spring 2022 Community Impact Grant cycle focus
In 2021, United Way and the Community Foundation, with support from the South Central Housing Network, City of Bloomington, Monroe County Government, and the townships of Perry and Bloomington, convened a working group for the explicit purpose of addressing housing insecurity in Monroe County. Using the 2014 Heading Home document, the goal of the working group was to update the county’s plan for ending homelessness by creating a more comprehensive approach for driving community-wide solutions to the depth and breadth of underlying challenges that result in housing insecurity.

An updated plan, the 2021 Heading Home Plan, was developed collaboratively by local and regional partners, including service providers, government officials, community members, funders, and people with lived experience. It is intended to serve as a local guide for making housing insecurity rare, brief, and non-repeating. To ensure sustainability of the overarching plan, a new initiative was established within United Way to drive implementation alongside a host of partners. As one of the key partners, CFBMC’s Spring 2022 Community Impact Grant round will focus on advancing housing security by investing in projects or programs aligned with the solutions outlined in the Heading Home plan.

Strategies in the Heading Home plan address the many contributing factors to housing insecurity, ranging from financial and legal challenges to emotional, physical, and mental health-related matters. The plan also speaks to system-level issues related to access to a variety of housing types. Additionally, it examines processes that can be improved upon to eliminate barriers to housing or to expedite access. For a pdf of the entire plan, click HERE. We encourage applicants to review the plan before submitting a Letter of Intent and welcome questions as potential applicants evaluate their eligibility for funding.

Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by local 501(c)(3) nonprofits and other organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501(c)(3) status. This includes units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations. Grants may be awarded to religious organizations for programs that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction. In limited situations, CFMBC may be able to grant to other types of organizations that are serving a charitable purpose but do not have a 501(c)(3) status. To confirm eligibility, please contact Marcus Whited at marcus@cfbmc.org or (812) 333-9016.

Quick info:

  • Letters of Intent Due March 21, 2022
  • Amount of grant awards: $10,000 – $50,000 each
  • Announcement of awards: May 27, 2022
  • Funding available: June 2022

Click here for Full guidelines

Click here for FAQ’s

Please note: For those with projects or programs that do not align with this round, please note that CFBMCs’ next grant cycle will be announced this summer. It is anticipated that this summer round will be positioned to support a broad range of community needs and compelling opportunities rather than focus on any one specific area or initiative. This plan may change if circumstances make it prudent or necessary.

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

Equal Opportunity in Grantmaking
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability, or any other improper criterion be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available by the community foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the community foundation.