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Community Enrichment Grant Committee

Launched in 2021, the community grant program enhances the quality of life for residents, business owners, and visitors to the Town of Zionsville. The Zionsville Community Enrichment Committee serves as the instrument for evaluating and awarding financial assistance to local community-serving organizations. This committee consists of five community members: three appointed by the Mayor and two appointed by the Town Council majority. Members serve for a one-year term and are eligible for term renewal. This five-member advisory committee ensures that grant awards are consistent with the Town’s Code of Ordinances and are dispersed in a manner that is transparent and fair. The committee is supported by the Mayor’s Executive Assistant and meets at least semi-annually.

Eligibility 

Eligible non-profit organizations are located in Boone County and serve Zionsville residents and businesses. Funding must be used for charitable purposes as defined by section 170 (b)(1)(A). Awards are made without discrimination as to age, color, race, religion, sex, disability, veteran status or national origin, and only to eligible recipients that do not unlawfully discriminate on these same criteria.

Awards are made on a semi-annual basis. In 2022, awards will be made on April 30 and September 30. To be considered for the next funding cycle, applications are due at least 30 days before the close of the term. Applications submitted within 30 days of award distribution will be considered for the next distribution.

Application DueAward Date
March 30, 2022April 30, 2022
August 30, 2022September 30, 2022


Funded projects must be complete 12 months from the grant award date. Grantees must submit a report outlining the proposed vs. actual expenses and outcome(s) of the project.

Funded Projects

  • Promote the Town of Zionsville
  • Promote or support Zionsville businesses
  • Create a public facility
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion in our community

Allowable funding activities

  • Marketing
  • Special events
  • Community projects
  • Cultural and arts-related projects
  • Travel for professional development or business attraction

Criteria

  • Address community need and/or desires and fosters cooperation with other organizations
  • Clearly describe the plan for the project and outline the planning process and completion goals
  • Provide a balanced budget with expenses indicated and evidence of cash match, in-kind, and other funding sources. In-kind includes any goods or services that would have been purchased
  • Provide evidence of the fiscal responsibility of the organization
  • Provide reasonable, measurable outcomes for the project
  • Prior grant final report submitted for a previously funded project 
  • Cooperation with other organizations
  • Demonstrate quality, vision, effectiveness, and good management
  • We encourage new applicants with innovative ideas; there is no guarantee that past recipients will be awarded future grants.

We Do NOT Fund

  • Fundraisers
  • Budget deficits
  • Scholarships
  • Grants to individuals
  • Electoral/Political campaigns
  • Expenses or activities that have or will have taken place prior to the earliest notification date as stated in the timeline
  • Requests from religious organizations to promote or teach religious doctrine
  • Capital campaigns

Grant Application Process

The grant application will reopen in January 2022. 

If your organization received funding in any previous year, you must complete a final report or progress report prior to filling out and submitting an application.

  • Grant Application Checklist Completed Online Grant Application Form
  • Narrative (this section is built into online the application)
    1. 1,000 words or less
    2. Briefly describe history, mission, goals, and organization’s structure
    3. Project/Program description, uniqueness
    4. Goals and plans for fulfilling the project/program
    5. Proposed measurable outcomes
    6. Evaluation process with any data to be gathered
    7. Any collaborating organization in the project/program
    8. Alternative and other funding sources
    9. Plans on adapting project, based on funding
  • Proposed Budget for Project/Program
  • Proof of Non-Profit Status
  • One-page total budget summary of the current fiscal year for the organization
  • One-page resume of any contracted individuals and project/program director, if applicable
  • Current list of Board of Directors
  • 1-3 examples of publication, brochures, promotional materials for the organization

Conditions for Award 

All grant recipients will be required to sign a grant agreement prior to funds being awarded. Additionally, a final report and budget must be filled out within 30 days of the completion of the project/program. If the project is not completed before the current grant deadline, a progress report on the previous year’s grant must be presented to the Community Enrichment Grant Committee. Grant extensions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, each awardee will be asked to present within 30 days of their extension date.  

Questions 

Contact Carol Johnson, the Mayor’s Executive Assistant at 317-344-1167 or cjohnson@zionsville-in.gov.