Looking for a grant?

CICF can help.

CICF welcomes grant proposals 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 a proposal with the assistance of a charitable organization that has agreed to serve as their fiscal sponsor.



1Read the CICF Grant Seeker’s Guidebook

For a comprehensive guide to grantmaking at CICF, view our Grant Seeker’s Guidebook. For additional questions, contact Julie Wright, community investment coordinator, at juliew@cicf.org or 317.631.6542 x350.

Contact CICF

All funding requests should begin by contacting your community investment officer directly, or Julie Wright at juliew@cicf.org or 317.631.6542 x350.

Deadline information for application windows:

proposals accepted
staff review
 Board Review
March 1 – 31, 2017 April – September, 2017 September or November, 2017
October 1 – 31, 2017 November, 2017 – February, 2018 March or May, 2018


Submit Proposal through Online Grant System

We introduced a new and more efficient online grant system in October, 2016.

CICF requires all grant seekers to use our online grant system. This system allows you to manage your profile, submit proposals and progress reports.

If you have previously applied for CICF grants:
– Enter your email and select ‘forgot password.’ You will then receive an email with login instruction. Be sure to check your junk mail if you are not getting the login instructions.

If you are applying for the first time:
– Click ‘register here’ in the welcome screen of the online grant system.

Still need help? Please review our detailed login instructions for our new grant system here.

If you have questions about submitting a grant report:
– Please contact Julie Wright at juliew@cicf.org or 317.631.6542 x350.


Other opportunities

CICF believes we can make a greater impact by leveraging funding resources and may share proposals with other CICF funds based on those funds’ priorities. These additional grant opportunities include:

* Organizations cannot apply directly to these funds for support. These proposals are by invitation only.


our review process

1CICF staff reviews each proposal.

2Staff will contact organizations to obtain additional information if necessary and may schedule a site visit.

3Staff will provide preliminary recommendations to grant making boards for their review and funding decisions.

4Grant making boards will meet for proposal review and to make funding decisions.

5Funding decisions will be communicated.