Letter of Intent Deadline Announced

May 12, 2017

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has announced that letters of intent for the next competitive grant cycle are due Friday, July 7. All potential grant applicants are required to submit a letter of intent no less than sixty (60) days prior to the grant application deadline. The next competitive grant application deadline is Friday, September 1 for review at the November board of trustees meeting. Grant proposals are reviewed four times a year by The Community Foundation board of trustees. 

The letter of intent requirement allows for earlier and more useful dialog between the foundation’s program officers and grantseekers. Experience has shown that grantseekers who involve the Community Foundation’s program officers early in the process are able to create more viable grant requests.  Additionally, this procedure helps ensure that potential grant ideas adhere to eligibility guidelines before a full proposal is written.

Once the letter of intent is received, The Community Foundation staff will review the proposed project to ensure that minimum benchmarks are met.

The Community Foundation issues grants to tax-exempt, private agencies classified as 501(c)(3) organizations, public charities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Grants may also be made to governmental agencies. The programs considered for support must be located in Hancock County or provide a service that will directly benefit the residents of Hancock County.

Creative programs designed to meet community needs, to address public policy priorities, or to test new ideas will be considered. Successful applications typically address problems to be solved or opportunities to be seized in the Hancock County area. The Community Foundation invites proposals that:

  • describe how program recipients’ input was obtained in designing this program;
  • suggest practical approaches to community problems;
  • promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services;
  • generate community support, both professional and volunteer;
  • demonstrate the organization's ability to secure realistic funding;
  • strengthen an agency's effectiveness or stability; and
  • address prevention as well as remediation.

Additional information and application forms for these and other grant programs are available here. If you have questions regarding TCF grants or deadlines please contact Kimberly Bash at (419) 425-1100.