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The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Launches the Pioneer Grant Opportunity, Because We Love Our Community Grants

Posted: March 1st 2022

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne launched the Pioneer Grant Opportunity, a new grantmaking program for 2022 focused on finding new nonprofits to partner with doing grassroots efforts in our community. The application opened on March 1, 2022.

Supporting grassroots organizations is an important part of the philanthropic ecosystem. The Because We Love Our Community grant program is a challenge grant for interesting and engaging ideas to improve the community’s quality of life and livability and increase residents’ satisfaction and community attachment.

Because We Love Our Community grant projects should increase the quality of life, community attachment, and satisfaction by increasing Allen County residents’ easy access to:

  • Safe places to live and work
  • Healthcare facilities and services
  • Quality job opportunities
  • Affordable housing
  • Safe, proximal, high-quality recreational areas
  • Quality arts and cultural events

Priority will be given to projects that promote equity, and incorporate policy, advocacy, institutional/systems change, and/or social justice (equal rights, opportunity, and treatment for all).

“The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is excited to be launching this new grant initiative to support local nonprofits the Community Foundation wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to,” remarked Brad Little, President and CEO. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary and look to the future, we are looking forward to finding new partners and fostering impact through our nonprofit network.”

For more information or to apply for a Because We Love Our Community grant, visit https://cfgfw.org/grants/grantseekers/because-we-love-our-community-grants/.

During 2022 the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is celebrating 100 years of serving Allen County as a public charitable foundation. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne does three things: help people make their charitable giving more impactful, connect funding to nonprofits through effective grantmaking, and provide leadership to address community needs to improve quality of life. Every day we connect people and resources to build a more vibrant community. As of December 31, 2021, the Community Foundation held charitable assets of approximately $222 million and awarded more than $8.1 million in charitable grants and scholarships throughout the same year. Since its formation in 1922, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $175 million in charitable grants.


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