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The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne carries out its mission of improving the quality of life in Allen County by investing in the vision, passion, and expertise of area nonprofit organizations, and by working in partnership with our donors to give scholarships to help students further their educations.

Applications to the Community Grantmaking Fund and the Clarke Endowment Fund are automatically considered for fulfillment from several very special field of interest funds, as part of our grantmaking process.

Other Competitive Grant Opportunities

Additionally, we have four funds that accept separate competitive grant requests.

  • The Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund grants dollars to local nonprofits for board members to attend leadership and development training. This training is designed for non-staff board members of 501(c)(3) public charities that provide direct service in Allen County.
  • The Knight Foundation Fund invests in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.
  • The Luminous Fund is interested in funding agencies, specifically for programs and innovative new efforts. They do not fund general operating expenses.
  • And the August Tomusk Foundation Fund makes professional development and research grants to health professionals involved in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Expand the sections below for more detailed information. Each fund has its own selection process so please read each carefully for instructions on submitting a request.

Information

We steward the endowed assets in our Community Grantmaking Fund and Clark Endowment Fund to meet the changing needs of the community now and for generations to come. The Community Foundation accepts grant requests year-round from nonprofit organizations serving residents of Allen County, Indiana. Grant recommendations are approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors four times a year and applicants are notified immediately after the Board determinations.

Upcoming Grant Schedule

1Q 2022

Concept Letters Due
October 4, 2021 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due
November 23, 2021 by 3:00 PM

Board Meeting Date
February 10, 2022

2Q 2022

Concept Letters Due
January 3, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due
March 1, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Board Meeting Date
May 12, 2022

3Q 2022

Concept Letters Due
April 4, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due
May 31, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Board Meeting Date
August 11, 2022

4Q 2022

Concept Letters Due
July 5, 2022 by 3:00 PM (please note: due date moved forward one day due to holiday)

Invited Applications Due
August 30, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Board Meeting Date
November 10, 2022

The Grant Guidelines PDF offers a complete description of proposal/funding guidelines and a Concept Letter Fact Sheet form to begin your application process.

2022 Grants Calendar

Concept Letter Fact Sheet

Information

For more than thirty years, Barbara Burt demonstrated outstanding commitment to and leadership of Allen County charitable and philanthropic organizations.

To celebrate the contributions Mrs. Burt made to the leadership of nonprofit organizations, both public charities and private philanthropy, the Foellinger Foundation Board of Directors established the Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund.

The purpose of the Fund is to:

  • Encourage exceptional nonprofit board governance
  • Support adaptive thinking within nonprofit organizations
  • Promote exchanges about best leadership styles and practices within nonprofit organizations

Board members may use these funds to access or attend conferences, workshops, or webinars. Requests must be received no later than 30 days before the start date of a conference or a webinar. See PDFs for full information, requirements, and frequently asked questions about the Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund.

Contact Jennifer Kasmier, the Director of Leadership Engagement at the Foellinger Foundation to see if your board training project qualifies for the Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund. Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer@foellinger.org or (260)422-2900.

FAQ Barbara Burt Leadership Development Fund

Guidelines for Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund

Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund Final Report Questions

Information

Knight Foundation’s Community and National Initiative Strategy:

The Knight Foundation Fund invests in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement. We believe that the design of places plays an outsize role in achieving these goals.

The Knight Foundation has invested more than $841 million in community initiatives since its creation in 1950. They want their national network of learning to inspire the actions of residents in each of their communities and help build a better democracy and a successful future.

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Knight supports Ft. Wayne’s work in revitalizing its riverfront and surrounding neighborhoods and creating a more vibrant downtown to attract talented people and accelerate economic opportunity. Knight invests in Ft. Wayne’s core city vibrancy through supporting projects around entrepreneurship, the arts and smart design.

The Knight Foundation funds projects that

  • Attract and Nurture Talent: We identify, nurture and network a diverse set of current and emerging leaders from the public, nonprofit and private sectors. We seek to enable these leaders to drive social innovation and contribute to the common good.
  • Enhance Opportunity: We support efforts to build equitable and inclusive pathways to economic opportunity. This includes platforms and resources for entrepreneurs, as well as efforts to reduce social and economic isolation through inclusive public spaces and civic assets.
  • Foster Civic Engagement: We support inclusive and participatory decision making in communities, enabling people to contribute to –and take an active part in–the life of their community.

Interested in learning if your project is a good fit for funding from the Knight Foundation Fund? Contact Brad Little, President and CEO, at blittle@cfgfw.org to discuss your project and for application information.

About The Luminous Fund

The Luminous Fund was created in 2016 by Kathy and Dave Carrier and their children. Their original motivation was to pass the foundation of giving and service to their four children and their significant others.  They were inspired by the idea that Briljent’s success will continue to bless their family, their employees and the lives of others.

Luminous is funded through the financial success of Briljent, a consulting firm that Kathy created in 1998. Briljent provides training, writing and change management solutions to government and corporate clients nationally.

The first round of giving from The Luminous Fund occurred in December 2016.  Carrier family members and employees submitted grant requests from the agencies they viewed as important. This gives Briljent employees a direct way to serve other people through the work that they do at Briljent.

The Luminous Fund is proud to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. The Luminous Fund is a donor advised fund and uses the Community Foundation to streamline the investment process and the distribution of their grants.

Grant Application Information

The Luminous Fund 2022 Board meeting will be in July 2022. They are interested in funding the agencies and programs their employees and family members are passionate about and support. They are especially interested in outcomes and results from the prior year’s funding.

Requests to be funded in 2022 must be received by April 30, 2022. 

Note: The Luminous Fund is interested in funding specific programs and innovative new efforts. They will not fund general operating expenses.

The Luminous Fund is primarily interested in funding agencies that matter to two groups of people:

  •  Briljent employees
  •  Carrier family members

If you are not connected to either group, it is unlikely your grant submission will be successful.  In 2022, we are focused on making a bigger impact on fewer agencies.  If you have questions, contact our founder and Secretary, Kathy Carrier, kcarrier@briljent.com.

To apply for a Luminous Fund grant, click apply online. You can also find more information at the Luminous Fund Website.

To request funds, you will need to submit the following information:

  • Name and address of the organization
  • Person (and email) submitting the request
  • Amount requested
  • Specific purpose of the requested funds
  • Mission statement and purpose of the organization
  • Measurement of success
  • List of board of directors
  • Current financial statements and/or annual report

2022 Schedule

  • January – December
    • Dialogue with Agencies, Community Visits
  • January – December
    • Community Projects with Briljent Employees and Carrier Family Members
  • April 1, 2022
    • 2022 Grant Applications Due
  • April – June 2022
    • Questions and Clarification
  • July 2022
    • Luminous Board Meeting
  • Third Quarter 2022
    • Funds Distributed to Agencies
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About Frank L. and Laura L. Smock Foundation

Laura and Frank Smock lived a “comfortable life” in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and were dedicated to their Presbyterian faith. When Frank died in 1937, he left Laura his modest estate.

In 1953, when Laura Smock was in her late 80’s, her inheritance increased significantly.  She was beyond the age that she could benefit from her new wealth and so she graciously and generously decided that others should be helped by her good fortune.  Thus, the Smock Foundation was established upon her death in 1955.

Laura Smock’s wish was to “help aged Presbyterians in the state of Indiana for such benevolent, charitable, religious, educational or any allied public purposes… that will promote the health, welfare and happiness of ailing or needy or crippled or blind.”  Although primarily concerned for the comfort of people of the Presbyterian faith in their declining years, she generously recognized the needs created by life’s misfortunes among others as well.

Since 1955, the Frank L. and Laura L. Smock Foundation has helped countless needy Indiana Presbyterians.  The foundation has grown in worth as well as in the scope of how its funds can help others.

Guidelines for Grant Requests

The Smock Foundation provides grants to Indiana Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) members and churches. Grants are given to individuals in need and to churches for improvement facilities, for Deacon funds, and for programs that will improve the lives of elderly Indiana Presbyterians, including senior adult ministry programs.

Smock Deacon Funds

Smock Deacon Funds
These grants are established to assist Indiana Presbyterian church members who require emergency assistance like medical bills, utilities, rent, and home maintenance through church Deacon funds.  Following session approval, churches can request a Deacon fund grant. Requests should include a breakdown of the church’s membership, including church demographics and church budget.  The pastor or moderator of session must sign the request for Smock Deacon funding, and all subsequent replenishment requests. A disbursement of funds form will be supplied with these grants.

Senior-Adult Cluster Ministry Programs

Senior-Adult Cluster Ministry Programs
These grants are for multiple PCUSA churches to covenant together to develop and implement a shared senior-adult ministry program.  Each partnering church must submit a request in writing, on church letterhead, which indicates the commitment to and purpose of the grant request. The request must be signed by the pastor/moderator and clerk of session of each church represented in the collaborative ministry.  Specific vision, mission, and programming goals as well as an operating budget must be included with this grant request.

Church Members

Church Members
These grants are specific to Indiana Presbyterian church members who need financial assistance for approved independent-living home care or for assisted living and nursing care facilities.  These grants provide assistance until other funding sources can be secured. A separate application requiring proof of financial need must be completed in its entirety and signed by the pastor/moderator and family member who is responsible for the Indiana PCUSA church member requesting assistance.

Church Facility Improvements

Church Facility Improvements

  • These grants are specific to Indiana PCUSA churches for facility improvements that will make the building and grounds more accessible to all members of the church and community.
  • The pastor/moderator and clerk of session must receive two to three bids from contractors for the scope of the project needed to aid Presbyterian church members.
  • The application must include what type of financial commitment the church and membership is making.  Facility grants are generally capped at $25,000 per request. The church’s current financial statement and budget also needs to be included with the application.

Questions about grant applications or assistance in competing application can be sent to:

OR TO:

How to Apply for a Grant

The Smock Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation of Fort Wayne to host our application form on their website.

The grant application must include the benefactor’s name (church, institution or individual), federal tax ID number and address where funds should be sent.  The application also provides space for church pastors, session clerk or moderator or other church officials to include narrative about the grant request.

Grants may be submitted during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.  The application window will end on the last day of each of those months.

Grants will be reviewed for approval in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December.

Information

Dedicated to the advancement of patient care, teaching and research in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Transplantation

Dr. August Tomusk
The August Tomusk Foundation, established in 1990, is dedicated to the advancement of patient care, teaching and research in cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, cardiovascular medicine, and transplantation.

Originally from Estonia, Dr. Tomusk immigrated to the United States in 1950 and completed a residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Along with Dr. Michael J. Mastrangelo, he established a surgical partnership and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at the Texas Heart Institute, specializing in that arena of medicine. The rapid evolution of medical advancements allowed him to introduce new therapeutic modalities in Fort Wayne including renal dialysis, the use of ventilators for post-operative respiratory failure, and coronary artery bypass surgery.

Dr. Tomusk was a founding member of the Indiana Ohio Heart practice whose members went on to perform the first heart transplant in northern Indiana. The August Tomusk Foundation was initially funded by the surgeons of the Indiana Ohio Heart practice along with gifts from patient testimonials and memorials as well as speaking fees and honorarium fees from the physicians of Indiana Ohio Heart.

In recognition of the contributions of Dr. Tomusk and the Indiana Ohio Heart group, the foundation assists non-physician health personnel with continuing education and provides funds for clinical and laboratory research into cardiovascular and thoracic disease. Additionally the August Tomusk Foundation Fund may, at its discretion, provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations promoting cardiovascular health.

Grant Opportunities
Eligibility requirements for either of the grant opportunities below include those items noted within each grant application and are limited to the northern Indiana and northwest Ohio regions.

Professional Development Grants
Professional Development Grants of up to $500 are available for the continuing education of non-physician health professionals involved in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. The educational opportunity must relate to your career in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery such as a refresher course, continuing education credits, certification requirements, added skill, etc.

To apply for an August Tomusk Foundation Fund Professional Development Grant, complete the Professional Development Request Form and return it with the requested documentation to the Community Foundation at 555 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Professional Development Grant requests should be submitted 60 days prior to the education meeting, seminar, or classes that you would like to attend to allow for the review and approval process.

Research Grants Research
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for health professionals in cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, cardiovascular medicine, thoracic medicine, transplantation, and the underlying sciences.

Past research grants have included laboratory investigations involving pulmonary preservation for transplantation, theological doctorate work for hospital chaplains, and fellowships in cardiovascular surgery for foreign cardiovascular surgeons at the Lutheran Heart Center.

Additional grants have supported clinical research including whether or not patients with previous malignancies can undergo successful heart transplantation, measurement of bone loss (osteoporosis) in long term survivors of heart transplantation, investigating effective ways of avoiding pneumonia in patients who undergo coronary artery bypass surgery; and an investigation of smoking cessation behaviors in patients following a lung cancer diagnosis.

To apply for an August Tomusk Foundation Fund Research Grant, review the Guidelines for Research Proposal Applications and complete the Grant Request Form for Research Proposals; return the form with the requested documentation to the Community Foundation at 555 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Research Grant requests should be submitted as soon as possible to allow for the review and approval process.

August Tomusk Request Form for Meetings, Classes or Seminars

August Tomusk Request Form for Research Proposals

August Tomusk Research Proposal Guidelines

About The Donald F. Wood and Darlene M. Richardson Foundation

The Donald F. Wood and Darlene M. Richardson Foundation focuses on community assistance for health and welfare as well as supporting the arts and educational opportunities for specialized and at-risk individuals. Requests for grants need to be submitted with the information listed below. Requests to be funded must be received annually by June 30th. Funds will be distributed in August.

Note: Grant area is limited to NE Indiana. Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report outlining the usage and success of the funds granted.

A letter to our previous grantees

Our Story

Our Philanthropic Profile and Grantmaking Style

Contact Information

For any questions or inquiries, you can contact The Donald F. Wood and Darlene M. Richardson Foundation at

DWDRFoundation@gmail.com
P.O. Box 152, Spencerville, IN 46788

Grant Application Information

Grant applications will only be accepted through the online application. The deadline for funding will be June 30 of each year with funds being distributed in August.

Any communication or inquiries should be emailed to DWDRFoundation@gmail.com.

Requests to be funded in 2022 must be received by June 30, 2022. 

To request funds, you will need to submit the following information:

  • Name and address of the organization
  • Person (and email) submitting the request
  • Amount requested
  • Specific purpose of the requested funds
  • Mission statement and purpose of the organization
  • Measurement of success

Youth Empowered Philanthropy (YEP), empowers youth to make real decisions with real money that creates real impact in Allen County. YEP strives to make our community a more vibrant place to live, work, and play while inspiring philanthropy as a habit for future generations. In addition to applying for grant dollars, nonprofits can also apply for volunteer time from YEP students.

Apply for Volunteers

  • YEP students only volunteer between the months of October – May. Your project must fall within this timeline.
  • Volunteers are high school students. Your project must be willing to accept volunteers 15 years of age and up.
  • Volunteer time requests are evaluated by the 15th of every month.
  • Nonprofits must be located in Allen County and serving Allen County to apply.
  • All applications will be reviewed and decided on by the YEP members.

Apply for Funding

Youth Empowered Philanthropy (YEP) opened grant applications on December 1, 2021. Nonprofits have the opportunity to submit a short application for operational funding.

  • Applications open on December 1st and close on December 20th.
  • Applications are short and only take 5-10 minutes to apply.
  • Nonprofits can apply for funding from YEP members.
  • Nonprofits must be located in Allen County and serving Allen County to apply.
  • Grants range between $1,000 – $5,000.
  • All grant applications will be reviewed and decided on by the 21 high school YEP members.
  • Nonprofits that advance will be asked to host a site visit with students via phone, zoom, or in person.
  • Nonprofits will be notified by February 16th on funding decisions.

Applications are now closed. 

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