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 Grantseeker’s Guidebook

For a comprehensive guide to grantmaking at CICF, view our Grantseeker’s Guidebook. For additional questions, contact Julie Wright at juliew@cicf.org or call 317.634.2423 x350.

Contact CICF

All funding requests should begin by contacting your Community Investment Officer, or Julie Wright, Community Investment Coordinator, at juliew@cicf.org or call 317.634.2423 x350.

Review Deadlines

Specific deadline information for The Indianapolis Foundation and Legacy Fund is provided in the table below. Funding proposals for The Indianapolis Foundation and Legacy Fund are ONLY accepted during two months of the year. Please note that dates have changed for 2016.


proposals accepted
staff review
Grantmaking Boards Review Requests
March 1 – 31, 2016 April – October, 2016 May – November, 2016 By December, 2016
October 1 – 31, 2016 November, 2016 – April, 2017 March – September, 2017 By October, 2017


Submit Proposal through Online Grant System

As of October, 2016, we are introducing a new and more efficient online grant system.

CICF requires all grantseekers 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 junkmail 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.

If you are submitting a grant report for 2016:
Submit your report here.

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


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 grantmaking boards for their review and funding decisions.

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

5Funding decisions will be communicated.