Answers to common questions

about grants.

I am interested in applying for grant support. What should I do next?

CICF has many funds that may be interested in your funding request. We recommend reviewing the overview of the funds found in our Grantseeker’s Guidebook. All of our funds have priority interest areas and geographic restrictions. Some also prefer to serve specific populations.

Can my organization apply to donor-advised funds, such as the Efroymson Family Fund and The Glick Fund?

At this time, organizations cannot apply directly to these funds. However, CICF staff shares applications with our donor-advised funds based on those funds’ priorities.

How can I personally thank the donor who provided a donor-advised grant to our organization?

You can send a thank-you letter addressed to the Donor Advisor of the granting fund to CICF at 615 N. Alabama Street, Suite 119, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Please be advised that federal law prohibits grantees from providing quid pro quo benefits to both the Foundation and its donors. Examples of quid pro quo benefits may include, but are not limited to: tickets to public events, seating at fundraising dinners, membership fees, or parking privileges.

Can my organization submit a request for multi-year funding?

CICF’s competitive funds generally do not support requests for multi-year funding.

Can my organization submit multiple requests to multiple funding sources in one year?

Generally speaking, each of the funds listed in the CICF Grantseeker’s Guidebook will consider and support one request per year. However, you may apply to multiple funds in an application cycle. We recommend that you contact the CICF Community Investment team before submitting an application to advise you on the best approach, timing and possible funding matches. Please contact Julie Wright at or 317-634-2423 for more help.

If our organization is declined funding, can we reapply?

If a request has been denied after review, our staff will provide your organization with the reasons and recommend whether additional information or effort is needed to improve that application, or if the request simply does not fit CICF’s funding priorities.

How can I be sure my funding request is a match with the available funding opportunities?

We strongly encourage you to discuss your funding request with the CICF Community Investment team before submitting a grant application. This will save you time on application materials and allow us to inform you on which aspects of your request are most likely to be a match with funding sources. Please contact Julie Wright at or 317-631-2423 for more help.

How much money can my organization request?

Grant award amounts vary by fund. We encourage you to not rely on CICF as your sole funder, and instead consider multiple funding sources. The CICF Grantseeker’s Guidebook provides additional information on grant award ranges.

May I submit a previously prepared proposal or case statement?

You are required to use the CICF application forms. This ensures all requests are presented equitably and streamlines the review process for our grantmaking boards and committees.

How should we recognize our organization's grant? And, where can we get the correct logo(s)?

If your organization receives funding, your award letter will specify which fund(s) contributed and how to recognize each funding source. Logos are available on our CICF Resources and Media Kit page.

Can CICF staff help me develop my program or organization?

CICF can advise you on your grant request and how it fits with our guidelines, and we often can refer you to other resources in the community. We generally cannot provide extensive help in shaping your program or developing your organization’s ability to meet the expectations of our funds or other funders.

How do I report that our organization has met its match grant requirement?

Your report should consist of a letter re-stating your matching terms and indicating the total amount you are requesting from the Foundation. You should attach firm documentation of the matching funds, such as copies of checks from donors or grant letters from foundations, government agencies, and corporations. For Foundation grants under $50,000, gifts under $100 may be listed on a spreadsheet indicating the name of the donor, amount received during the matching period, nature of the contribution (cash, planned gift, or in-kind), and date of the gift. For grants of $50,000 or more, gifts under $1,000 may be listed in a similar spreadsheet. Please allow two weeks following submission for the processing of your payment.