Perry County Community Foundation announces changes in community good grants cycle | Perry County News

Submitted by Kristie Rhule

PERRY COUNTY — The Perry County Community Foundation announces that the Community Good Grant cycle will no longer be a year-round cycle but will instead be an annual grant cycle.

What does this mean for local nonprofits serving Perry County? The annual Community Good Grants cycle will open in September this year and close in October. In subsequent years, it will open in August and close in September. There are no changes to the eligibility or application process. It will be important for nonprofits to ensure their application is submitted completely on the Foundation’s website before the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

“As we navigate this substantial shift for our local nonprofits, our dedication remains unwavering to amplify this change across the entire county and provide steadfast support for their invaluable endeavors,” explained Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

This year’s important dates are:

• Grant Cycle Opens: September 8 (Application available online at

• Deadline to Apply: October 23

The Community Good Grants program supports a variety of charitable purposes in Perry County. The grant cycle encompasses four different request levels:

• Level 1: Requests of $500 or less

• Level 2: Requests of $501 — $2,500

• Level 3: Requests of $2,501 — $9,999

• Level 4: Requests of $10,000 or more (contact us before beginning your application)

Last fiscal year, the Perry County Community Foundation awarded $135,437 through the Community Good Grants Program. Moving to an annual grant cycle allows the staff and committee volunteers to focus on community engagement initiatives rather than continuously reviewing grants — allowing the committee to have a full view of community needs, and to approach giving with a unified lens.

Community Good Grants are reviewed by a committee of community leaders under the local advisory board. They review all grant applications, conduct site visits to potential grantees, and deliberate on which organizations best serve the community’s greatest needs.

These grants are made possible by generous donors who established community good or unrestricted funds with the Perry County Community Foundation. For more information about starting a fund, please contact Rachael Goldsberry, Regional Director of Development at 812.547.3176 or

About the Perry County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Perry County Community Foundation is one of nine county affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Perry County Community Foundation holds more than 115 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life throughout Perry County, Indiana, with charitable assets of more than $8.1 million. During our most recent fiscal year, $253,000 in grants and $256,000 in scholarships were awarded to programs, projects, and people.

The Community Foundation Alliance is a 501(c)(3) accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® (National Standards) program representing operational effectiveness to foster excellence in community philanthropy. Since the inception of this program, the Community Foundation Alliance has again achieved National Standards accreditation. The Community Foundation Alliance provides management, administrative, and development expertise and services so that every local affiliate can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and grantmaking, making a difference in their community For Good. Forever.

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