NEW! COVID Needs Grant Application

The Harrison County Community Foundation aims to help our vital nonprofits continue to provide necessary services during this pandemic. Therefore, we have created a new grant application relating to programmatic expenses affected by COVID-19. The questions within the application are specific to COVID-19 issues.  

Since January of 2018, the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has required nonprofits that apply for grant funding to have at least one current board member complete an HCCF-approved nonprofit board governance training program. To help nonprofits meet this requirement, HCCF offers Building Dynamic Boards of Directors training multiple times a year. HCCF began holding nonprofit board training sessions in the fall of 2015 and have continued these trainings multiple times each year since. 

There are no more 2020 board training sessions. The 2021 board training sessions are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, April 22 and 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 19 and 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Participants will sharpen their knowledge of nonprofit board development, fundraising, strategic planning, managing change and other topics essential to nonprofit boards of directors. Attendees must attend both days of the training session to qualify for the Certificate of Completion.


Online grant applications are accepted anytime throughout the year. Applications must typically be submitted 90 days prior to an event to be considered. Applicants have 60 days to complete a grant application once started. Grant requests of $200,000 and over are subject to an additional review by the Finance Committee. Decisions will typically be made within 120 days of the agency’s successful application submission.

All nonprofit agencies providing services to residents of Harrison County, Indiana are eligible to apply. HCCF will only allow a grant application from an agency that has been in business a minimum of two years from the date of their most recent IRS Letter of Determination. Agencies must be listed in good standing on the IRS Publication 78 and/or the Business Master File and must have completed the annual filing with their Secretary of State. Schools, religious organizations, some civic organizations and local governmental units may be exempt from this requirement. Applicants should be able to present the organization’s IRS Letter of Determination (LOD) indicating their status as a 501(c) not-for-profit.

****Note: Business Entity Report filings change….To do business in the State of Indiana, nonprofits must file a business entity report with the Indiana Secretary of State. On July 1, 2016, the schedule moved to a biennial filing. Fees increased from $10 to $20. It is important that nonprofits keep this important task on their radar, as eligibility for certain grants is dependent upon up-to-date filings. Learn more or look up your organization.

Grant applications must be completed in accordance with the approved publicly published application. Agencies with extraordinary circumstances that do not have access to the internet should contact the HCCF staff.

To facilitate the preparation of complete grant applications, applicants must request a grant application review prior to submission. This service is provided to assist you and does not reduce or replace the applicant’s responsibility for the content of the package. Contact Anna Curts at the Foundation office at (812) 738-6668 or if you have any questions or have your application ready for review.

Designated Endowment Fund Grants

Beneficiary agencies must submit a grant request form complete with the stated purpose and required signatures. 

All Designated Endowment Fund Grants must be approved by the HCCF Board of Directors. 

All Designated Endowment Fund Grants require a Final Report.

"I am thankful for Meals on Wheels. It has been very helpful to me in more ways than one."

-LifeSpan Resources, Inc. client. LifeSpan Resources used money from its endowment fund to support its Meals on Wheels program in 2018.

Donor Advised Fund Grants

The Founding Contributor or Designated Appointee must submit a grant request form with the stated purpose,
name of the recipient agency and required signatures. 

After the Founding Contributors or Designated Appointees have submitted the recommendations,
all Donor Advised Fund Grants must be approved by the HCCF Board of Directors. 

All Donor Advised Fund Grants require a Final Report.

Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Application

All applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on February 28th to be considered. Grants awarded will be no more than $2,000.00

Youth Philanthropy grants are focused on supporting young people and their communities. Requested grant funds should be used to offer a range of activities for those aged 13-19 years old. Grants are intended to engage youth in society by creating healthy, guiding relationships with adults, providing constructive free time activities, offering character–building opportunities, and encouraging a sense of community. Activities can include, but are not limited to, arts, music, sports, leisure and other activities where young people can make friends in a fun and safe environment. Priority will be given to grants that identify innovative and challenging ways to engage youth to participate.

Award recipients will be notified in April 2020. For more information or questions contact Heather Stafford, Director of Programs at 812-738-6668 or email her at



Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) COVID-19 Relief Fund


The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) is committed to being a resource to help address the needs as they arise in our community resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. The HCCF COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide flexible resources to our nonprofit organizations serving Harrison County residents as they address immediate and long-term needs. HCCF will serve as a partner in the effort.


If you would like to join us in helping meet the need, you are invited to make a gift to the HCCF COVID-19 Relief Fund. Gifts may be made online at or by mailing a check to HCCF, PO Box 279, Corydon, IN 47112. Make checks payable to HCCF with "COVID-19 Relief Fund" noted.

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