Looking for a grant?

CICF can help.

CICF welcomes grant applications from charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. New projects and organizations with their 501(c)(3) status pending may submit an application with the assistance of a charitable organization that has agreed to serve as their fiscal sponsor. We offer three general types of grants:

Competitive grants. These grants are responses to ideas and proposals from the community, enabling organizations to provide effective programs.

Proactive grants. These grants anticipate community needs on vital issues, i.e. Inspiring Places, Family Success, and College Readiness and Success.

Donor grants. We have a number of Personal Foundations (also known as donor advised funds) that allow donors to fulfill their own philanthropic goals. These do not invite unsolicited proposals, but staff may ask organizations to submit information at a donor’s request.


How to Apply

CICF requires all grant applicants to use our online grant management system. This system allows you to manage your profile, applications, and reports.

Grant applications for The Legacy Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation are accepted two times per year, February 1 to 28 and July 1 to 31. Applications for the Central Indiana Senior Fund are accepted from July 1 to 31.

You may also pursue a grant from one of the following Field of Interest funds:


Our Review Process

CICF reviews all grant applications submitted prior to the deadline. Organizations that are not a fit for current funding will receive written notification. Accepted organizations will be contacted by a CICF staff member, who will provide preliminary recommendations for final funding decisions to grantmaking boards. Then, grantmaking boards will meet to make final funding decisions, after which the applicants will be contacted.


Download the CICF Grantseeker’s Guide.

For a comprehensive guide to grantmaking at CICF, download our Grantseeker’s Guide. To contact the CICF Grants Office, call 317-634-2423.