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 the CICF Grant Seeker’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.

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 Grant Seeker’s Guidebook will consider and support one request per year. However, you may apply to multiple funds in an application cycle. We strongly encourage that you contact the CICF community investment team before submitting any funding request. We will advise you on the best approach, timing and possible funding opportunities.

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 staff before submitting a funding request. This will help save you time on preparing proposal materials and enable us to identify the aspects of your request that are most likely to be a match with funding sources. Please contact Julie Wright at or 317.631.6542 x350 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 Grant Seeker’s Guidebook provides additional information on grant award ranges.

May I submit a previously-prepared proposal or case statement?

CICF asks all organizations to use our online grant management system. This ensures that requests are presented equitably and makes the review process easier for CICF’s decision-making bodies.

Can CICF staff help me develop my program or organization?

CICF community investment staff can answer questions on your grant request and its potential, and often can refer you to other resources in the community. We cannot provide extensive help in shaping your program or developing the ability of your organization to meet the expectations of our funds or other funders.

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 can be found here.

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

Once a grant reward has been made, a report will be assigned in the online grant management system. Match, interim and final reports will all be completed through the online system. Contact your community investment officer for more specific details of your reporting requirements.

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.