Grants & Funding
Searchable Grant Databases
- Afterschool Alliance – Funding Database
- Afterschool Alliance – STEM Funding
- STEMfinity – Indiana Grants Listings
- The BOOST Collaborative – Funding Opportunities Listing
- The Youth Today – Grants Newsletter
Timely Funding Opportunities
Empatico, incubated by The KIND Foundation, is a free tool for educators of students ages 6-11 to connect their classrooms and groups with peers around the world. Spark Empathy Grants are now available to programs that use Empatico. Grant amounts range depending on the number of educators participating in this initiative.
Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month.
Ongoing/Rolling Deadline Funding Opportunities
Free Books From First Book
Get more books into the hands of your students! First Book seeks applications for the OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovation program. Awardees will be able to select the books that will help them best meet the needs of the children they serve through the First Book Marketplace. Then OMG Books will provide 1.5 million new books for distribution to children living in low-income communities. Next RFP released July 8, 2019.
The Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
The Clif Bar Family Foundation seeks to provide small grants for non-profit organizations that work on environmental stewardship, youth outdoor physical activity, and service to the community. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Applications are reviewed three times a year, with deadlines in February, June, and October.
The RPM Foundation Grants
The RPM Foundation provides funding to organizations committed to teaching young people the specialized skills and knowledge needed to maintain cars, motorcycles, and boats. Applications are reviewed twice a year with deadlines in April and December.
Indiana Youth Institute Professional Development Grants
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Applications accepted from Jul.-Nov. and Jan.-May.
Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation
Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, and mobility devices that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles.
Save-A-Lot Food Stores
Save-A-Lot provides support to 501(c)3 organizations whose primary missions addresses the following areas: hunger relief, health, wellness, nutrition education, and environmental stewardship.
Lyft Community Grant
Lyft is accepting applications from 501(c)3 organizations across more than 20 cities nationwide (including Indianapolis) for their Community Grants. Each month, Lyft will choose one organization that clearly states the role that transportation and mobility plays in their mission and/or operations.
The Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact.
American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation supports schools and nonprofit organizations, with a priority focus on youth education, STEM, job training, literacy, and the environment. Funding deadlines are in February, May, and August each year.
Half Price Books
Need books for your classroom or program? In support of their Million Book Donation project, Half Price Books will consider donation requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in support of efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, including those with individualized education plans.
The Festival Fund
The Festival Fund was established in 2011 to support and promote the activities of organizations in the greater Indianapolis area that enrich life by celebrating cultural diversity and expression and showcase the growing number of nationalities represented in Central Indiana. Qualifying community organizations may apply to receive funding to support their international or cultural event in grant awards ranging from $250-$2,000.
Project Learning Tree
Since 1992, Project Learning Tree has offered GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, restore a natural habitat, and more.
Karma For Cara
Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States. Whether you plan to turn a vacant lot into a community garden or help senior citizens ready their homes for the winter, they want to hear what you’re passionate about.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is accepting applications for funds that can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials.
Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By working closely with teams, coaches, and community leaders across the United States, the organization is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help offset the main factors causing the greatest challenges. Good Sports is accepts applications on a rolling deadline from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports.
The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is accepting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program, which provides support to public education professionals to fund participation in professional development opportunities. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Deadlines for applications are February, June, and October. Learn more here.
The Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation aims to improve oral health by providing education and dental care to those in need, supporting the dental profession, and advancing dental science. DDF provides financial support to various organizations and programs that promote and/or provide oral health care for children.
Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation supports a wide range of programs that provide services directly to vulnerable children, with a current focus on disabled, trafficked, and refugee children. Inquiries are accepted on an ongoing basis.
The American Electric Power Foundation
The AEP Foundation considers requests from organizations in communities served by AEP’s regional utilities. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching the quality of life in communities through STEM, art, music and cultural heritage.
Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation’s grant making is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Applications are accepting throughout the year.
Sears Holdings aims to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of the people risding in those areas. They look to support organizations that lead in what they do and align with one or more of Sears Holdings’ four focus areas: health, military, education, and homes.
KeyBank supports organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures. Their funding priorities focus on neighbors, education, and workforce. Requests for funding are accepting throughout the year.
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the welfare of children from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. The foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of children on a national scale.
The Children’s Obesity Fund
The Children’s Obesity Fund offers grants to nonprofit organizations that share its mission for improving children’s health. Preference is given to organizations with programs that fight childhood obesity. Amount varies.
Tyson Foods invests in projects and programs that make a difference in the communities where Tyson employees live and work. Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, education, community development, and sustainable agriculture. Amount Varies
Reiman Foundation Grant
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to submit applications throughout the year. Amounts vary.
Let’s Play offers various grant opportunities to organizations in need of support for youth sports or recess equipment, afterschool programming and playgrounds/outdoor fitness equipment. Deadline is ongoing. Amounts vary.
The Hearst Foundation
The Hearst Foundation supports well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. Applications are accepted year-round. Amount varies.
The PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development.
Spectrum Community Grants
Spectrum supports nonprofit funding requests from organizations across our service territory that align with their philanthropic initiatives, including housing assistance and digital education.
Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations where their team members live, volunteer and work. They look for projects that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Priority is to programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the following key areas: economic development, affordable housing, social services, and arts & culture.
The Ford Foundation accepts funding requests year-round, with priority given to initiatives that help challenge inequality. Use their short, online form to submit your ideas. Amounts vary.
Lumber Liquidators is committed to helping charitable organizations make lasting differences in their communities by providing flooring and monetary donations. Since 2007, Lumber Liquidators has donated more than 300,000 square feet of flooring to nonprofit organizations, schools, arts facilities, community groups, and more.
KaBoom offers various playground grants to help communities build safe places for kids to play. Opportunities vary and can be requested year round.
Public Welfare Foundation
Public Welfare Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change.
Youth Today Newsletter
The Youth Today Newsletter offers information on a variety of youth-oriented funding opportunities with ongoing deadlines.
Indiana Funding Resources
The Grantsmenship Center – Indiana Grantmaking Foundations & Corporate Giving
The Grantsmenship Center offers training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities.
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)
Hosts a variety of statewide central Indiana funds, as well as a “grant seekers” page for non profit organizations.
Grants support the development of children ages birth through 18 years old in these Indiana counties – DeKalb, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc
Grants focus on improving patient outcomes; enhancing quality of life in communities in which Lilly has a presence, especially Indianapolis; and improving education and educational opportunities, with a priority on science.
Indiana Humanities Council
Indiana Humanities oversees a competitive grants program that awards funding to Indiana nonprofit organizations, schools and other institutions.
Indiana Space Grant Consortium
Promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workforce development, formal and informal education, research, and dissemination of activities, content, and opportunities for the state of Indiana.
Proposals in three program areas: community development, education and religion. Also interested in initiatives that benefit youth, that foster philanthropic leadership education among nonprofit institutions, and that promote the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism.
Lumina Foundation makes grants within the United States and Indiana. Grants focus on awareness, improved access and preparedness for higher education, and increased productivity across the higher education system.
Nina Pulliam Charitable Trust
Seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix. For environmental requests, the Trust considers proposals from charitable organizations throughout Arizona and Indiana, if the project has statewide impact.
Established by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to promote the success of disadvantaged youth (ages 6-18) through programs that provide leadership, growth, and opportunities for children at risk.
Funds programs and organizations that play a role in: 1) building an economic foundation for strong neighborhoods, and 2) helping neighborhoods flourish and thrive. Safeco also participates in programs and projects that are unique to the Puget Sound.
SIA Foundation (Subaru of Indiana Automotive)
Grants aim to improve the quality of life and help meet the needs of the residents of the State of Indiana. Grants support specific capital projects in the areas of: arts and culture, education, health and welfare.
Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF)
Marion County funding collaborative that provides grants and other resources to support summer programs serving youth. The Fund includes 11 local and national partners that provide support to more than 170 summer programs with a single application form.
The Ackerman Foundation
Grants are made predominantly to central Indiana organizations as well as a few national medical research institutions. The foundation focuses on Indiana cultural institutions and organizations benefiting health and human services, community development, and education. Grant requests are considering for both operating funds and capital campaigns.
- Afterschool Alliance
- American Camp Association
- Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)
- Federal Government Grants
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
- FundsNet Service – Indiana grants, family foundations, and other opportunities
- Mott Foundation
- National Afterschool Association (NAA)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- National Center for Quality Afterschool
- National Summer Learning Association
- National Collaboration for Youth
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Institute on Out-of-School Time
- National League of Cities
- School Funding Center
- The Foundation Center
- The Grantsmanship Center
- US Department of Education
- Wallace Foundation
- Accelerate Indiana Municipalities
- Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
- Indiana Association of School Principals
- Indiana Chamber of Commerce
- Indiana Department of Education
- Indiana Government
- Indiana Public Libraries
- Indiana School Boards Association
- Indiana Youth Institute
- IUPUI Nonprofit Solutions Center
- Marion County Commission on Youth
- You 4 Youth