The Franklin County Community Foundation’s 2019-20 grants cycle begins the first week in December, reports executive director Shelly Lunsford. “Grant applications were available starting Dec. 2 on the ‘Grants’ page of our website at

The application process has changed this year as all applications will be completed and submitted online. Organizations seeking grants must submit an application to be eligible for funding. Grant requests of less than $3,000 will fill out a small grant application. Requests for $3,000 or more will be required to complete a longer, more detailed application. Applications are due to be submitted by January 14, 2020, at 11:30 PM. The FCCF Grants Committee will review grant applications and applicants will be contacted to set up “in person” meetings with the Grants Committee members. The committee will then select appropriate requests for grant awards. Grant checks will be mailed beginning March 2020.

The foundation makes grants from endowments to tax-exempt organizations operating or proposing to operate programs for Franklin County residents. In general, the foundation prefers funding start-up costs for new programs, one-time projects or needs beyond an applicant’s capabilities and means.

The 2019-20 available grants for community projects include: General Community Grants, $18,740; Eunice Dare Unrestricted Endowment, $14,810; Bath State Bank Community Grants, $4,170; Dr. Calvin & Barbara Finch Unrestricted Community Grants, $2,820; M. Horstman Unrestricted Community Grants, $1,097; Captain Charles N. Fox USAF Memorial, $650; Brookville Foundation Endowment for Community Projects, $640; Otto Family Endowment, $500; Robert & Ethel Crawford Memorial Endowment, $380; MainSource Bank Community Grants, $360; Franklin County Home & Garden Show Endowment, $350; FCN Bank Fund for Community Grantmaking, $340; Bob & Marge Seibert Unrestricted Endowment, $200; William & Glenna Bauer Family Endowment, $3,790; Newman Family Unrestricted Endowment, $900, Clayton “Clay” John Seale Memorial Endowment, $2,010; and Third Place Endowment for Community Grantmaking, $3,040. Organizations with a project or program benefiting handicapped residents may be eligible for the Lloyd R. Ratz Handicap Endowment, $190.

The foundation has several endowments established to aid families in the community. Applications for these “Special Assistance Grants” are available on the foundation’s website on the “Grants” page or by contacting the FCCF. Limited funds are available for families who are going through financial crisis due to medical difficulties caused by childhood cancer (Bill & Marge Zimmer Family Endowment); families with a child under the age of 18 with a one-time medical related expense (Lorraine & Frank Misasi Children’s Medical Fund Endowment); families who have suffered the death of a dependent child (Olivia Rebecca Waggoner Memorial Endowment, Maxwell James Grimmeissen Memorial Endowment and Dallas Nobbe Memorial Endowment); individuals with a speech or hearing disability (John and Joyce Back Speech and Hearing Disability Endowment); individuals who are seeking rehabilitation for substance abuse (Eric J. Biehl Memorial Endowment); families in Franklin County that have a physically or mentally handicapped individual residing with them (Colton Jacob Brewer Memorial Endowment).

The foundation’s designated endowments will provide funding to specific organizations. These organizations will receive grant awards in March 2020.

For more information about the FCCF and the grants program, call 765-647-6810 or email

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